Charlene Harkins, a registered dietitian and Assistant Professor in the UMD Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation has been selected to serve as an evidence analyst for the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
As an evidence analyst, Harkins, who teaches Human Nutrition, Performance Nutrition, and Health and Wellness at UMD, will assist ADA with the expansion of its online Evidence Analysis Library. The Library is an online resource for the most current and relevant research on important questions in dietetics practice.
American Dietetic Association's evidence analysts are experts who review scientific literature on the full range of topics in the field of food and nutrition. These topics include diabetes, kidney disease, nutrition assessment, pediatric weight management and HIV/AIDS. Analysts are expected to review more than 60 articles per year with a minimum of two-year commitment.
All ADA analysts are required to have at least a master's degree in a nutrition-related field and possess strong analytic skills, including the ability to summarize critical information and research characteristics from technical and scientific materials.
With nearly 65,000 members, the Chicago-based American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The organization serves the public by promoting nutrition, health and well being.
Professor Harkins took part in a two-day evidence-based practice training workshop at ADA's national headquarters in Chicago on December 4 and 5, 2006.