CESTA


DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES


EXTENSION


 

Kathleen Carter, RD, PhD.



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Dr. Carter began her career as a dietitian at a nursing home. After realizing that nutrition, exercise, and health are intertwined she earned a Master’s degree in exercise physiology. After working in the health care field for many years, Dr. Carter earned her PhD in kinesiology, allowing her to delve into the effects of nutrition and exercise on the health of underserved populations.

Statement of research focus:
The pandemic has brought to the forefront the global health disparities and inequities that exist. Dr. Carter’s research is focused on the effects of the environment and lifestyle choices on the health of underserved populations.

Teaching Philosophy
My philosophy on teaching is that all students are unique and bring something special to their own education. It is my desire to create an atmosphere where students are met where they currently are in their learning and encouraged to meet their full potential. I provide a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas and take risks.

I believe that there are five essential elements that are conducive to learning. (1) The teacher's role is to guide. (2) Students must have access to and participate in hands-on activities. (3) Students should be encouraged to question current norms. (4) Students need the opportunity to practice skills in a safe environment. (5) Technology must be incorporated into the course activities and assignments.

Information on projects:

1. Effect of Mindfulness training on the stress levels of HBCU students. Currently in data analysis.

2. Effect of yoga on indicators of stress and anxiety of HBCU students. Begins January 2022.

3. Effect of horticulture therapy on stress and anxiety levels of HBCU students. In development.

4. Effect of a campus wide, individualized, wellness program on the health of faculty/staff. Starting January 2022.

5. Changes in inflammatory markers in relation to dietary and fitness program variations. In development.