Derek Miketinas, Ph.D., RD

Assistant Professor

Nutrition and Food Sciences

Derek Miketinas, Ph.D., RD

IHSH 7021 

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Derek C Miketinas, PhD, RD is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Texas Woman's University Institute of Health Sciences in Houston, Texas. Dr. Miketinas received his PhD from Louisiana State University where his dissertation studies focused on nutrition interventions to improve dietary intake and behaviors as well as developing questionnaires to assess these interventions. His current research involves analyzing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data to assess dietary intake and identify predictors of health and disease in the United States population. In addition, Dr. Miketinas is working to assess dietary intake, nutritional needs, and body composition in patients diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma.


Ph.D., Nutrition and Food Sciences, Louisiana State University
B.S., Human Ecology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Research Interests

Nutritional Epidemiology; Statistical Modeling; Dietary Assessment; Obesity; Dietary Predictors of Health and Disease; Questionnaire Development

Latest Articles

Precision Nutrition Model Predicts Glucose Control of Overweight Females Following the Consumption of Potatoes High in Resistant Starch
Nutrients (Online) (2022)
Joy V. Nolte Fong, Derek Miketinas, Linda W. Moore, Duc T. Nguyen, Edward A. Graviss

Influence of COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions on College Students' Dietary Quality and Experience of the Food Environment
Nutrients (Online) (2021)
Francilia Brito Silva, Dawn E. Osborn, Meghan R. Owens, Tracie Kirkland, Carolyn E Moore

Influence of COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions on College Students' Dietary Quality and Experience of the Food Environment
Nutrients (Online) (2021)
Francilia Brito Silva, Dawn E Osborn, Meghan R Owens, Tracie Kirkland, Carolyn E Moore

Implementation of a food scholarship program improves nutrient intake and dietary quality of college students
Journal of American College Health (2020)
Torrey D Alexis, Deborah Unruh, Wanyi Wang, Jayna M Dave, Derek Miketinas

Prevalence and Social Determinants of Food Insecurity among College Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Nutrients (Online) (2020)
Meghan R Owens, Francilia Brito-Silva, Tracie Kirkland

Usual dietary intake of resistant starch in United States adults from NHANES 2015-2016
Journal of Nutrition (2020)
Derek Miketinas, Kavitha Shankar, Madhura Maiya, Mindy A Patterson

Fiber Intake Predicts Weight Loss and Dietary Adherence in Adults Consuming Calorie-Restricted Diets: The POUNDS Lost Study
The Journal of Nutrition (2019)
Derek Miketinas, George Bray, Robbie Beyl, Donna Ryan, Frank Sacks

Pretreatment Fasting Glucose and Insulin as Determinants of Weight Loss on Diets Varying in Macronutrients and Dietary Fibers--The POUNDS LOST Study.
Nutrients (Online) (2019)
Mads F Hjorth, George A Bray, Yishai Zohar, Lorien Urban, Derek C Miketinas

Psychometric analyses of the Motivation to Prepare Healthy Foods Questionnaire used with young adult college students
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (2018)
Ariana Bailey, Melissa Cater, Carol O'Neil, DEREK MIKETINAS, Georgianna Tuuri

Comparison of dietary habits and plans for dietary changes in black and white women seeking bariatric surgery
Surgery for Obesity and Related Disease (2018)
Kendall L McLean, Carolyn E Moore, DEREK C MIKETINAS, Catherine M Champagne

Maternal n-6 and n-3 fatty acid status during pregnancy is related to infant heart rate and heart rate variability: An exploratory study
Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids (2017)
M L Drewery, A V Gaitan, S B Spedale, C J Monlezun, D C Miketinas

Exploratory and confirmatory factory analysis of the Willingness to Eat Whole Grains Questionnaire: A measure of young adults' attitudes toward consuming whole grain foods
Appetite (2016)
Georgianna Tuuri, Melissa Cater, Brittany Craft, Ariana Bailey, Derek Miketinas

Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis of the Adolescent Motivation to Cook Questionnaire: A Self-Determination Theory instrument
Appetite (2016)
Derek Mikeitnas, Melissa Cater, Ariana Bailey, Brittany Craft, Georgianna Tuuri


The Vegetarian/Flexitarian Diets
in Nutrition Guide for Physicians and Related Healthcare Professionals, Third Edition | Springer Nature (2022)
Derek Miketinas, Catherine Champagne

Externally Funded Projects

Assessing Dietary Intake in Women of Reproductive Age to Simulate the Impact of Supplementation on Nutrient Adequacy Indices: NHANES 1999-2018
Mead Johnson | $57,415.00 | 2021
Role: Principal Investigator

Internally Funded Projects

Validation of Dietary Assessment Tools in Stroke Patients
Woodcock Institute Research Grant | $15,000.00 | 2021
Research Grant

Texas Woman's University Small Grant Program
TWU Research and Sponsored Programs | $750.00 | 2020
Research Grant

Texas Woman's University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs | $9,943.00 | 2019
Research Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Society for Nutrition