Suzanne Baxter, College of Social Work
Suzanne Domel Baxter, Ph.D., RD, LD, FADA, FAND is a Research Professor with an academic home in the College of Social Work, and office located in the Institute for Families in Society. Trained as a registered dietitian and a postdoctoral fellow in nutrition, Dr. Baxter conducts methodological research to investigate the accuracy of children's dietary recalls. Her research includes validation studies to compare observations of children eating school meals to dietary intake reported by children during interviews. Dr. Baxter also conducts research concerning a possible relationship between childhood obesity and participation in school meals. As principal investigator or co-principal investigator, Dr. Baxter has been continuously funded via competitive grants by the National Institutes of Health and US Department of Agriculture since she came to the University of South Carolina in 2003. She has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed research publications and several book chapters. She has served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 2007. She led the effort to create and raise funds for the Amy Joye Memorial Research Award through an endowed fund established through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation in honor of her former nutrition research project director at USC who suffered a medical tragedy in 2004 and died in 2009 at the age of 41. She is an Affiliated Scholar at the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities at USC. Dr. Baxter is a past president for the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and was recognized as Outstanding Dietitian of the Year in 2012 by the same organization.