Linda M. Delahanty, MS, RD, LDN

2010 Excellence in Weight Management Outcomes Research Award

Linda Delahanty

Congratulations to Linda M. Delahanty, MS, RD, LDN who has been selected as the Excellence in Weight Management Outcomes Research Award Winner which is sponsored by McNeil Nutritionals.

Ms. Delahanty has been a member of the weight management (WM) dietetic practice group (DPG) since its inception and has been a pioneer in our field for over 25 years. She is currently an Instructor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief Dietitian at the Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Clinic and Director of Nutrition and Behavioral Research at the MGH Diabetes Research Center. Ms Delahanty has been a Co-investigator for the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT), Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), Look AHEAD (Action for HEAlth in Diabetes) and the TODAY (Treatment Options for Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth) study. She was Chair of the Dietitians Committee for the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and served on the Intervention Committees that planned the evidence based lifestyle interventions for DPP, Look AHEAD and the TODAY study.

Linda Delahanty received a BS in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MS in Clinical Nutrition from Boston University. She has written many articles promoting an expanded role for dietitians in research emphasizing their critical importance in advancing the evidence base for nutrition and lifestyle interventions, maximizing retention in clinical trials and translating the evidence to clinical practice. She has authored both professional and lay articles on the role of nutrition and lifestyle in achieving weight loss and improved glycemic control and has been providing medical nutrition therapy to patients for weight management and diabetes for over 25 years.

About Michele

I am the Director of Curriculum for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Much of my current focus is in nutrition and preventive health, curriculum design and management, educational technology, e-learning, and website development in support of health education. I hold a PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition Science from Emory University, a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Georgia State University, and a BS in Engineering Sciences from Aurora University. I completed my postdoctoral work at Emory University in cell nutrient biology while receiving additional training as a health educator. After leaving Emory University, I served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Georgia State University (GSU), where I taught undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses and conducted my research in tailored web-based weight intervention programs. In addition to my responsibilities at GSU, I also served as a Health Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in Atlanta, GA. My work at the CDC included “translational” research, which focused on evaluating the most current research in the area of overweight/obesity and chronic disease and summarizing the findings in written materials targeted for health professionals and the lay public. I also served as the Chair of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, a 4,800+ member subgroup of the American Dietetic Association specializing in weight management.