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Biography

Tanya Halliday, PhD, RD is a 1st year postdoctoral research fellow in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes, School of Medicine at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus. In May 2016 she completed her doctoral degree in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech, where she was also a course instructor. Her research examines the influence of diet and exercise on health-related outcomes and includes both adults at risk for metabolic disease and athletic populations.

This website highlights her research, teaching, and dietetics experiences and achievements. On the blog you will find posts about nutrition and exercise science, higher education and pedagogy, and recipes and workout ideas.

Education

  • Ph.D. 2016

    PhD in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise

    Virginia Tech

  • R.D. 2011

    Dietetic Internship

    University of Houston

  • B.S. 2010

    Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

    University of Wyoming

Additional Training

  • 2015

    Preparing the Future Professoriate Certificate

    9-credit graduate coursework in concepts related to higher education at Virginia Tech

  • Summer 2014

    Exercise in the Management and Prevention of Metabolic Diseases

    6-credit doctoral course at the Karolinska Institute and the Swedish School of Sports Sciences (GIH), Stockholm, Sweden.

  • January 2013

    Data Management Bootcamp

    2-day training workshop at Virginia Tech

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2015
    Patsyjane O’Malley Memorial Scholarship (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
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    Recognized for graduate academic achievements and leadership contributions in the dietetics field.
  • 2015
    Nutrition Interest Group Student Research Award (American College of Sports Medicine)
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    This award, given annually, recognizes and supports student members of the Nutrition Interest Group who are presenting original research at the ACSM Annual meeting. Tanya received this award for her abstract entitled “Dietary Intake, Body Composition, and Menstruation Changes During Contest Preparation In A Drug-free Figure Competitor”.
  • 2014
    Gail E. Butterfield Nutrition Travel Award (American College of Sports Medicine)
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    This award, given annually in memory of Gail E. Butterfield, PhD, RD, FACSM, recognizes and supports travel for PhD students presenting work on human nutrition at the ACSM Annual Meeting. Tanya received this award for her abstract entitled “Influence of Protein Intake and Resistance Training on Glucose Tolerance in Prediabetic Adults”.
  • 2014
    Young Scholar Travel Award (Gatorade Sports Science Institute and the American College of Sports Medicine)
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    This award, given annually, supports travel to the ACSM Annual Meeting for students under the age of 32 pursuing research careers in sports nutrition and/or exercise physiology.
  • 2014
    Donald Sebolt Memorial Fund – Research Travel Award (Virginia Tech, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise)
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    This award, given annually in memory of Dr. Don Sebolt, recognizes and supports travel for graduate students to present research on the health aspects of physical fitness. Tanya received this award to help support travel to present research at the 2014 Obesity Society Annual Meeting.
  • 2013
    CDR Doctoral Scholarship (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
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    Awarded to registered dietitians pursuing doctoral education who demonstrate a commitment to the future of the profession through excellence in research and teaching.
  • 2013
    Gail E. Butterfield Nutrition Travel Award (American College of Sports Medicine)
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    This award, given annually in memory of Gail E. Butterfield, PhD, RD, FACSM, recognizes and supports travel for PhD students presenting work on human nutrition at the ACSM Annual Meeting. Tanya received this award for her abstract entitled “Spontaneous Dietary Intake Modification in Response to Resistance Training: Findings from the Resist Diabetes Study”.
  • 2012
    Graduate Student Research Grant (Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition dietetic practice group)
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    This grant supports the research efforts of a SCAN graduate student member with demonstrated research and academic abilities. Tanya was the inaugural recipient of this grant for her pilot project examining the influence dietary added sugar intake may have on cardiovascular health.
  • 2012
    Donald Sebolt Memorial Scholarship – Research Travel Award (Virginia Tech, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise)
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    This award, given annually in memory of Dr. Don Sebolt, recognizes and supports travel for graduate students to present research on the health aspects of physical fitness. Tanya received this award to help support travel to present research at the 2012 SCAN Symposium and 2013 ACSM Annual Meeting.
  • 2012
    1st Place Research Poster Competition (Virginia Dietetic Association Annual Meeting)
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    Tanya presented findings from a research project entitled “Water and Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake in Children from a Health Disparate Region: A Comparison with National Intake Data and the US Dietary Guidelines”, which was a study of habitual beverage consumption in elementary-aged children living in the Mississippi Delta area. She received the first place award out of over 30 projects for the poster competition. Judging criteria included: scientific merit, overall quality of poster appearance, and presenter’s knowledge and delivery of oral presentation to attendees.
  • 2014
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