Stephen F. Austin State University

Faculty

Sarah Drake, MS, RD, LD
Sarah Drake, MS, RD, LD - Clinical Instructor Office: Human Sciences North 101C Phone: 936.468.5892

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
Natalie Hensarling, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.
Natalie Hensarling, Ph.D., R.D., L.D. - Assistant Professor Office: Human Sciences North 101F Phone: 936.468.2063

Natalie Hensarling received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Tech University and is currently an assistant professor of Food, Nutrition, & Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship Director at Stephen F. Austin State University. Her dissertation research focused on university students, and used survey and social media research to assess a healthy eating program on a university campus. Prior to her pursuit of a doctoral degree, Dr. Hensarling worked as a clinical dietitian for approximately two years and has also served as a contract dietitian for a wellness program focusing on childhood obesity prevention. She is an East Texas native and proud alum of Stephen F. Austin State University.

Education

  • Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences, Texas Tech University
  • M.S. Human Sciences, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • B.S. Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Stephen F. Austin State University

Area of Specialization

  • Community Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition

Area of Expertise

  • Community Nutrition
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Survey research
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

Dr. O'Dwyer's research focused on the chemical properties of non-hydrogenated cottonseed oil as a deep-fat frying medium. She has published some of her work on the use of non-hydrogenated cottonseed oil as a means to reduce trans fatty acids in French fries. Prior to and while working on her doctorate, she practiced as a neonatal/pediatric dietitian for 6 years at the only level 1 trauma center in the West Texas area. She is currently working as an associate professor in the School of Human Sciences, where she teaches both introductory and advanced food science and nutrition courses. She is the Didactic Program Director in Dietetics and is involved in various university and departmental committees.

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