Stephen F. Austin State University

Faculty

Sarah Drake, MS, RD, LD
Sarah Drake, MS, RD, LD - Clinical Instructor Office: Human Sciences North 101C Phone: 936.468.5560

Sarah Drake received her MS with an emphasis in Food, Nutrition & Dietetics at Stephen F. Austin State University and is currently a Clinical Instructor in the Food, Nutrition & Dietetics program. Sarah is actively involved as a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and currently serves as President for the East Texas Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.





Education

  • M.S. Human Sciences, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • B.S. Dietetics with a Specialization in Health Promotion, Michigan State University

Area of Specialization

  • Community Nutrition
  • Counseling Nutrition

Area of Expertise

  • Community Nutrition
  • Counseling Nutrition
  • Medical Nutrition
Darla Daniel O'Dwyer, Ph.D., RD
Darla Daniel O'Dwyer, Ph.D., RD - Associate Professor Office: Human Sciences North 101E Phone: 936.468.2439

Darla O'Dwyer has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist since 1996. Prior to joining the SFA faculty in 2003, Darla was a clinical dietitian who practiced in pediatric critical care and neonatal nutrition at a large teaching hospital in West Texas. She graduated with a PhD from Texas Tech University in 2003 and is currently serving as the Dietetic Internship Director and Coordinator for the Food, Nutrition and Dietetics program. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Didactic Program for Dietetics from 2005-2014. Her research interests are gastrointestinal nutrition, focusing on the role of the microbiome in health and disease. She was certified in Functional Medicine from the Kalish Institute in 2015 and believes in discovering the root cause of illness through investigating a person's gastrointestinal health, lifestyle, genetics and environment. She encourages students to always question the obvious and to embrace lifelong learning. Outside of work, she loves to cook, read, walk, swim, and spend time with her family, including the four legged variety.





Education

  • Ph.D.Foods and Nutrition, Texas Tech University
  • M.S.Food TechnologyTexas, Tech University
  • B.S. Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Sam Houston State University

Area of Specialization

  • Lifecycle Nutrition
  • Food Science
  • Clinical Nutrition

Area of Expertise

  • Pediatric Nutrition
  • Neonatal Nutrition
  • Oil Chemistry
Justin Pelham, MS, RD, LD
Justin Pelham, MS, RD, LD - Clinical Instructor Office: Human Sciences North 101C Phone: 936.468.5892

Justin Pelham transferred to Stephen F. Austin State University earning his bachelor's in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics. He was accepted into the highly competitive SFA dietetic internship and completed his master's of science degree the following year.

Before transitioning to clinical instructor at SFA, he worked as the lead dietitian at Nacogdoches Medical Center working closely with the interdisciplinary team in the ICU, medical-surgical floors, women's center, and oncology sector. He established an outpatient medical nutrition therapy program with particular focus on diabetes and weight management. Also he served as treasurer for the East Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2014 - 2016).



Education

  • M.S. Human Sciences & Dietetic Internship, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • B.S. Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics, Stephen F. Austin State University

Area of Specialization

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Counseling Nutrition

Area of Expertise

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Outpatient Counseling