amanda lynch, ph.d. r.d.

Title: Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Office: 3103 Human Health Building
Phone: (248) 364-8669
Fax: (248) 364-8657


My research focuses on the factors that influence dietary and weight management behaviors. In particular, I am interested in habit formation, strategies, and the role of self-monitoring in weight management. I also apply life-course theory to understanding how individuals’ life histories and current lifestyle factors impact their dietary and weight management behaviors. My current study uses a mixed methods approach to understand individuals’ perspectives and experiences with food and eating, dietary change, and weight management following bariatric surgery. My goal is to uncover strategies and develop screening tools or counseling methods to help individuals succeed in maintaining weight loss.

I am a registered dietitian and an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Prior to coming to academics I worked as an inpatient clinical dietitian at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York State.

On a personal note, I am a recreational runner who occasionally trains for longer races and I am amateur gardener. I also love to bake and cook. Because I think everyone needs the challenge of learning a new skill now and then, I am teaching myself to play the ukulele.

Ph.D., Nutrional Sciences, Cornell University
M.S., Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
B.S., Applied Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University

Bariatric Surgery; Dietary Behavior Change; Self-monitoring; Weight Management

Research Publications and Presentations
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