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Dietetic Internship Director
Hannah Thornton, MS, RD, LD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Nutrition and Foods Program. She completed a BA in Biology at Smith College in Northampton, MA, an MS in Biology at Florida International University in Miami, FL, and the MS/DI at Texas State. Her current research focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion in dietetics education and college student food insecurity. She is the co-director of the Food Security Learning Community and the co-founder of the Bobcat Bounty food pantry. She teaches Nutrition Assessment, Biochemical Nutrition, and Nutrition and Genetics. In 2020, she was named an Outstanding Dietetics Educator by the Nutrition & Dietetics Educators and Preceptors Group. In 2018, she received a Presidential Distinction award for Excellence in Service. In 2016, she received a Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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Graduate Program Coordinator for Admissions
Lindsey Menge, MS, RD, LD is a Senior Lecturer and Graduate Program Co-Coordinator in the Nutrition and Foods Program of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is also a registered dietitian and maintains a private practice specializing in oncology nutrition. She completed her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Master of Science in Human Nutrition as well as her Dietetic Internship from Texas State University. During her Master’s program, she completed research with WellCats, Texas State’s employee wellness program, investigating the food environment for employees at the university, with the goal of improving the healthfulness of worksite settings. In 2017, she was awarded the Luxton Fellowship to continue this research, and in 2018 received the Outstanding Graduate Student award for the School of Family and Consumer Sciences and the College of Applied Arts. Presently, she continues this work, serving on the Leadership Team of WellCats, where she oversees nutrition programming and ongoing research efforts. She has co-authored a number of scientific articles and presented research at national conferences.
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Graduate Program Coordinator Post Acceptance
Lesli Biediger-Friedman, PhD, MPH, RD is an Associate Professor in Nutrition & Foods. She earned her PhD and BS degrees from Texas Tech University and completed a Master in Public Health as well as her Dietetic Internship at Benedictine University. The focus of Dr. Biediger-Friedman’s research includes policy, systems, and environmental approaches to explore innovative strategies to build public health nutrition infrastructure, address food security, and improve dietary practices of maternal and child populations. She has active research grants from the USDA to study technology innovation for the WIC program and development of learning communities for community nutrition workforce development. She is the co-director of the Food Security Learning Community and the co-founder of the Bobcat Bounty food pantry.