Valisa Hedrick, PhD, RDN

Assistant Professor

Graduate Program Faculty

Clinical Physiology and Metabolism
Behavioral and Community Science

Development and translation of dietary assessment methodology for the prevention and treatment of obesity and related comorbidities. Specific research areas are focused on the quantification and dietary analysis of sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) intake, as well as the effects of SSB and artificially-sweetened or non-nutritive sweetener beverages on cardiovascular-related outcomes using subjective and objective dietary assessment methods within clinical-community based settings.

HNFE 4125: Medical Nutrition Therapy I
HNFE 4126: Medical Nutrition Therapy II
HNFE 5125: Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy I
HNFE 5126: Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy II

Changes in the Healthy Beverage Index in Response to an Intervention Targeting a Reduction in Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption as Compared to an Intervention Targeting Improvements in Physical Activity: Results from the Talking Health Trial. Hedrick VE, Davy BM, Myers EA, You W, Zoellner JM. Nutrients. 2015 Dec 4;7(12):10168-78.

Evaluation of a novel biomarker of added sugar intake (δ 13C) compared with self-reported added sugar intake and the Healthy Eating Index-2010 in a community-based, rural US sample. Hedrick VE, Davy BM, Wilburn GA, Jahren AH, Zoellner JM. Public Health Nutr. 2016 Feb;19(3):429-36

A Dual-Carbon-and-Nitrogen Stable Isotope Ratio Model Is Not Superior to a Single-Carbon Stable Isotope Ratio Model for Predicting Added Sugar Intake in Southwest Virginian Adults. Hedrick VE, Zoellner JM, Jahren AH, Woodford NA, Bostic JN, Davy BM. J Nutr. 2015 Jun;145(6):1362-9.

Dietary intake modification in response to a participation in a resistance training program for sedentary older adults with prediabetes: findings from the Resist Diabetes study. Halliday TM, Davy BM, Clark AG, Baugh ME, Hedrick VE, Marinik EL, Flack KD, Savla J, Winett S, Winett RA.Eat Behav. 2014 Aug;15(3):379-82.

The comparative validity of interactive multimedia questionnaires to paper-administered questionnaires for beverage intake and physical activity: pilot study. Riebl SK, Paone AC, Hedrick VE, Zoellner JM, Estabrooks PA, Davy BM.JMIR Res Protoc. 2013 Oct 22;2(2):e40.

A rapid beverage intake questionnaire can detect changes in beverage intake. Hedrick VE, Comber DL, Ferguson KE, Estabrooks PA, Savla J, Dietrich AM, Serrano E, Davy BM.Eat Behav. 2013 Jan;14(1):90-4.

Dietary biomarkers: advances, limitations and future directions. Hedrick VE, Dietrich AM, Estabrooks PA, Savla J, Serrano E, Davy BM. Nutr J. 2012 Dec 14;11:109.

Development of a brief questionnaire to assess habitual beverage intake (BEVQ-15): sugar-sweetened beverages and total beverage energy intake. Hedrick VE, Savla J, Comber DL, Flack KD, Estabrooks PA, Nsiah-Kumi PA, Ortmeier S, Davy BM. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Jun;112(6):840-9.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2004 – present

Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2004 – present

Phi Upsilon Omicron, National Honor Society in Family and Consumer Sciences, 2004 – present

Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration, 2007 - present

Certified Training Course in Human Research Participant Protections, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, 2007

Research Dietetic Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2010-present

American Heart Association, 2013 – present

The Obesity Society, 2013 – present

Charter Member, Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center, 2013 – present

2011, Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Behavioral & Community Science

2006, B.S., Virginia Tech, Dietetics

Graduate Certificate: 
2009, Preparing the Future Professoriate, Virginia Tech

Registered Dietitian

Hedrick, Valisa


335-A Wallace Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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