Amy Taetzsch, MS, RD, is the 2019 recipient of the Stanley N. Gershoff, Simon J. and Arpi A. Simonian Prize for Research Excellence in Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School.
The award was created in honor of Dr. Stanley Gershoff, Dean Emeritus. It is bestowed annually to a masters or doctoral student who has excelled in their chosen field of study, and who exemplifies the same creativity and dedication to the discipline of nutrition as Dr. Gershoff, demonstrating a commitment to the intersection of nutrition science and policy through their work.
Amy is currently completing her doctoral work in the Energy Metabolism Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts under the mentorship of Dr. Sai Das. She is studying the effects of the effects of eating behaviors, eating duration and food cravings on dietary intake and metabolic health.
She has served as lead counselor for Healthy Families Healthy Forces, a large, randomized lifestyle intervention study in military families. Amy also has a remarkable enthusiasm for teaching and counseling.
Past recipients are Micaela Karlsen (2018); Stephanie Harshman (2017); Emily Finnan (2016); Alison G. Brown (2015); Samantha E. Berger (2014); Adela M. Hruby (2013); Maria C. Dao (2012); Lorien E. Urban (2011); June Leung (2010); Natalie A. Valpiani (2009); Alison Tovar (2008); and Cheryl H. Gilhooly (2007).
Pictured: Dean Dariush Mozaffarian with Amy Taetzsch and Dr. Sai Das