Andrea Buchholz, PhD, RD

Andrea Buchholz, Professor, Applied Human Nutrition
Professor, Applied Human Nutrition
Email: 
abuchhol@uoguelph.ca
Phone number: 
519-824-4120, ext 52347
Office: 
Dept Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph, Room 235 Macdonald Institute, Guelph ON Canada, N1G 2W1
Lab: 
Body Composition Lab, Rooms 285-287, Food Science Addition and HHNS Annex

 

I am a Registered Dietitian with three research streams:

(1) I am the Director of the University of Guelph Body Composition Lab, and a co-investigator of the Guelph Family Health Study, with a research interest in children's and parents' body composition.

2) Dairy product and plant-based alternative consumption of Canadians, including attitudes and perceptions thereof, and associations with cardiometabolic risk.

(3) Investigating the use of patient simulations in the education and training of undergraduate and graduate nutrition students.

Accepting graduate students:

2019: No

2020: Yes

Current Teaching:

Fall 2019: FRAN*6610: Advances in Clinical Nutrition and Assessment I
Winter 2020: NUTR*4120: Applied Clinical Skills

 

Leadership:

  • Curriculum Chair, Applied Human Nutrition program
  • Academic Lead, Educational Leadership in Teaching Excellence
  • Host, "Let's Talk About Teaching" monthly teaching circle, FRAN


When Not Professing, I am...
...one half of a St. John's Ambulance pet therapy team. The other half is my 11 year old Shihpoo, Dylan.
...a comedic improviser with an improv troupe in Waterloo.

Post-doctoral fellow - University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004

Post-doctoral fellow - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2003

PhD (Nutritional Sciences) - University of Toronto, 2002                                                                                                                                                                                                

Dietetic internship:  Hamilton Health Sciences, 1995

MSc (AHN) - University of Guelph, 1994

B.A.A. (Foods and Nutrition), Ryerson University, 1992

                    

I am a Registered Dietitian with three research streams:

(1) I am the Director of the University of Guelph Body Composition Lab, and a co-investigator of the Guelph Family Health Study, with a research interest in children's and parents' body composition.

(2) Dairy product and plant-based alternative consumption of Canadians, including attitudes and perceptions thereof, and associations with cardiometabolic risk.

(3) Investigating the use of patient simulations in the education and training of undergraduate and graduate nutrition students

(*denotes student collaboration): 

  1. *Marcinow ML, Randall Simpson JA, Whiting SJ, Buchholz AC. An exploration of milk product health beliefs and dietary calcium intake in young adults.  Can J Diet Pract Res. E-First article: pp. 1-7. Published May 8 2019.
  2. *Srbely V, *Janjua I, Buchholz AC, Newton G.  Interventions aimed at increasing dairy and/or calcium consumption of preschool-aged children: A systematic literature review.  Nutrients. 2019;11(714):1-26.
  3. *Krystia O, *Ambrose T, Darlington G, Ma DWL, Buchholz AC, Haines J. Guelph Family Health Study. A randomized home-based childhood obesity-prevention intervention has favourable long-term effects on parental body composition: Guelph Family Health Study.  BMC Obesity.  2019;6(10):1-9

I am a co-investigator of the Guelph Family Health Study, a family-based obesity-prevention intervention for families with young children. https://guelphfamilyhealthstudy.com/

I collaborate with Dr. David Ma and Dr. Jess Haines and other University of Guelph researchers on the Guelph Family Health Study.

I co-lead the Dairy Research Group with Dr. Genevieve Newton, at the University of Guelph.

I collaborate with Dr. Ann Wilson, Dr. Clare MacMartin and Alexia Prescod on the use of theatre students as simulated patients in the training and education of nutrition undergraduate and graduate students.

 

I am currently co-principal investigator (with Dr. Gen Newton) of a knowledge translation grant "Using integrated knowledge mobilization to develop novel nutrition education strategies to increase dairy consumption of preschool-aged children."

Current Trainees:

Kira Jewell (MSc): Examining the associations between household chaos and child diet quality and obesity risk

Amar Laila (MSc): Parent perceptions of barriers and facilitators to dairy product consumption by their preschool-aged children

Nicole Topakas (MSc): Parent perceptions of barriers and facilitators to plant-based dairy alternatives intake by their preschool-aged children

MacKenzie Harris (MSc) and Jonathan Gilmore (MSc): Using integrated knowledge mobilization to develop novel nutrition education strategies to increase dairy consumption of preschool-aged children

 

I am interested in investigating:

  • Waist circumference and waist-to-height ratio in determining pediatric cardiometabolic risk
  • Development of a dairy intervention for families with preschool-aged children
  • Dairy product intake and body composition in preschool-aged children
  • Associations between household dairy product purchases and child diet quality
  • Dietary sources of calcium and vitamin D in children