ICN Applied Research Division

MEET THE ARD TEAM DR. MARJUYUA LARTEY is the director of the Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division at the University of Southern Mississippi, with 25 years of experience teaching, research, and practice in nutrition and dietetics. Marjuyua graduated from Alabama A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Hospitality Management and completed a dietetic internship, a Master’s degree, and a doctorate in Nutrition and Food Systems/Human Nutrition from the University of Southern Mississippi. A firm believer in lifelong learning, Marjuyua regularly shares knowledge gained through nutrition research with co-workers, nutrition professionals, and community members. DR. KEITH RUSHING is a Research Scientist with the Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division. Keith’s higher education achievements include a Doctorate Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Texas Tech University, a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from The University of Southern Mississippi, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Mississippi State University. In 1993, Keith became a registered dietitian. His work experience includes 12 years in healthcare and school foodservice management and 16 years at The University of Southern Mississippi, 10 of those at the Institute of Child Nutrition Applied Research Division as a research scientist and two as director. His research interests include financial management and productivity as they relate to the operation of school nutrition programs. DR. KRISTI L. LEWIS is a Research Scientist with the Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division, an educator, and registered dietitian in private practice for her business, K. Lewis Consulting, LLC. For over 21 years, her nationally recognized research has focused on childhood obesity, community health programs, and the development of best practices for serving young children; and exploring wellness in child care operational issues facing foodservice staff.

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