Carolyn E. Moore, Ph.D., RDN

Associate Professor

Nutrition and Food Sciences

Carolyn E. Moore, Ph.D., RDN

HOU 7017


Carolyn E. Moore, PhD RDN is an Associate Professor of Nutrition at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) Institute of Health Sciences in Houston, Texas. She has over 55 research publications in professional peer-reviewed journals. Current research areas include food insecurity among college students, nutrition-garden programs for children, the relationship of Vitamin D to cardiovascular disease, and obesity in adults and children. She has collaborated for over 40 years with other researchers in the Texas Medical Center including the USDA Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital. Research studies have included intervention studies, examination of dietary intake patterns utilizing the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, and qualitative community studies. Professional practice experience includes 12 years managing the Clinical Nutrition Department at Houston Methodist Hospital. Food industry experience includes 10 years developing new healthy beverages and demonstrating product efficacy with international clinical trials. Moore also published Eat Smart for a Healthy Heart with Dr. Denton Cooley and The Young Chef’s Nutrition Guide and Cookbook. Moore served on the Houston Food Bank Board and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston.


Ph.D., Public Health, Nutritional Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
M.B.A., Business, Rice University, Houston, Texas
M.S., Nutrition, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
B.S., Nutrition and Food Science, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Research Interests

Food Insecurity; Nutrition Gardening Programs; Child and Adult Obesity; Vitamin D

Latest Articles

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 C Miketinas

Food insecurity and overweight/obsity associated with poor diet quality during COVID-19 pandemic.
Obesity: A Research Journal (2020)
Megan R Owens, Francilia Brito-Silva, Tracy Kirkland, Carolyn E Moore, Kathleen Davis

Prevalence and social determinants of food insecurity among college students during the COVID-19 pandemic
Nutrients (Online) (2020)
Owens R Owens, Francilia Brito-Silva, Tracie Kirkland, Carolyn E Moore, Kathleen E Davis

Low food security present on college campuses despite high nutrition literacy
Journal of hunger and environmental nutrition (2020)
Carolyn E Moore, Kathleen E Davis, Wanyi Wang

Healthy eating index of living donor renal transplantation recipients during the first year posttransplant
Progress in Transplantation (2020)
Nhi Le, Linda W Moore, Joy V Nolte Fong, Thong Doan, William E Mitch

Consumption of a defined, plant-based diet reduces lipoproteins(a), inflammation, and other atherogenic proteins and particles within 4 weeks
Clinical Cardiology (2019)
R S Najjar, C E Moore, B D Montgomery

Measuring the Nutrition Knowledge of Weight Management and Diabetes Risk in a Low Socioeconomic Population
Topics in Clinical Nutrition (2019)
Hannah Burch, Carolyn E Moore, JoAnn Burditt, Mindy A Patterson

A defined, plant-based diet utilized in an outpatient cardiovascular clinic effectively treats hypercholesterolemia, hypertension and reduces medications
Clinical Cardiology (2018)
Rami Najjar, Carolyn E Moore, Baxter Montgomery

The costs and calorie content of a la carte food items purchased by students during school lunch
Preventive Medicine (2018)
Betsey Ramirez, Tzu-An Chen, Carolyn Moore E Moore, Jayna M Dave, Karen Weber Cullen

Feasibility and acceptability of the Bod Pod procedure and changes in body composition from admission to discharge in adolescents hospitalized with eating disorders
International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health (2018)
K B Williams, E S Hastings, C E Moore, C M Wiemann

Comparison of dietary habits and plans for dietary change 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

The baseline characteristic of parents and African American girls in an online obesity prevention program: A feasibility study.
Preventive Medicine (2017)
C Callender, Y Lui, C E Moore, D Thompson

Growth of Infants with Intestinal Failure or Feeding Intolerance Does not Follow Standard Grwoth Curves.
Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (2017)
Danielle L Morton, Keli M Hawthorne, Carolyn E Moore

Elevated systolic blood pressure of children in the United States is associated with low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations related to body mass index: National Health and Examination Survey 2007-2010
Nutrition Research (2017)
Carolyn Moore, Yan Liu

Younger Elementary School Students Waste More School Lunch Foods than Older Elementary School Students
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2017)
Shahrbanou F Niaki, Carolyn E Moore, Tzu-An Chen, Karen W Cullen

Low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations are associated with total adiposity of children in the United States: National Health and Examination Survey 2005 to 2006.
Nutrition Research (2017)
C E Moore, Y Liu

Evaluation of US Veterans Nutrition Education for Diabetes Prevention
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (2016)
Megan Erickson, Katie Braun, Riesa List, Anne Utech, Carolyn E Moore

Effectiveness of B vitamin supplementation following bariatric surgery: rapid increases of serum vitamin B12
Obesity Surgery (2015)
Carolyn E Moore, V Sherman

Consumption of caclium-fortified cereal bars to improve dietary calcium intake of healthy women: reandomized controlled feasibility study
PLOS One (2015)
J T Lee, C E Moore

Middle school student perceptions of school lunch following revised federal school meal guidelines.
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (2015)
M M Kjoan, C E Moore, K W Cullen

Benefits of a snacking intervention as part of a school-based obesity intervention for Mexican American Children
Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk. (2015)
J P Moreno, A Mohammed, C E Moore, C Johnston

Internally Funded Projects

Small Grant Award
$750.00 | 2017
Research Grant

Nutrition and Food Sciences Human Nutrition Research Funds Award
$2,130.00 | 2016
Research Grant

Nutrition and Food Sciences Human Nutrition Research Funds Award
$2,125.00 | 2015
Research Grant

Small Grants Award
$491.00 | 2015
Research Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Society of Nutrition
  • Houston Eating Disorders Specialists
  • Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (DPG)
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics