Faculty and Staff Profiles

ROBIN R. ROACH
Assoc Professor, Health Sport Sciences
Email: rroach@memphis.edu
Office Location: 161I Fieldhouse
Office Hours:
Profile

   Dr. Roach directs the Master's Program in Environmental Nutrition. As a registered dietitian with interests in food security and sustainability she leads summer study abroad programs to Belize,  Shanghai, Switzerland; Costa Rica, and Italy that focus on nutrition, wellness, and sustainability.   

Additional Information

 

The Department of Health and Sport Sciences 

         

Education
  • B.S. Dietetics - Memphis State University - 1976
  • R.D. Dietetic Internship - University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock - 1977
  • M.P.H. Nutrition - Tulane University School of Public Health, New Orleans - 1980
  • Fellowship Nutrition - University of Tennessee Child Development Center, Memphis - 1982
  • Ed.D. Science Education - Vanderbilt University, Nashville - 1989

Work Experience

  • Director, Master's Program in Environmental Nutrition, Department of Health and Sport Sciences - The University of Memphis - 2013-present
  • Interim Department Chair, Dept of Health and Sport Sciences - University of Memphis - 2008-2011
  • Associate Professor, Department of Health and Sport Sciences - The University of Memphis - 2003-Present
  • Associate Professor , Dept. of Consumer Science and Education - The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN - 1996-2003
  • Assistant Professor, Dept of Home Economics/ Dept. of Consumer Science and Education - Memphis State University/ The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN - 1989-96
  • Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics, Dept. of Health and Sport Sciences - The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN - 1984-2013
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition (Adjunct), College of Graduate Health Sciences - University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN - 1988-89
  • Instructor, Dept. of Home Economics - Memphis State University, Memphis, TN - 1981-89
  • Clinical Dietitian,   - Children's Hospital, New Orleans, LA - 1978-81
  • Nutritionist,   - North Memphis Community Health Clinic, Memphis, TN - 1977-78
Honors/Awards
  • Nominated for Distinguished Advising Award - The University of Memphis - 2012, 2013
  • Nominated for Distinguished Teaching Service Award - The University of Memphis - 1984, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 2009, 2013
  • Outstanding Dietitian of the Year - Memphis District Dietetic Association - 1989
  • New Researcher's Award - American Dietetic Association - 1990
  • Outstanding Alumni Award - The University of Memphis College of Education - 1994
  • Fulbright Scholar - Council for International Exchange of Scholars - 1995
  • Outstanding Educator of the Year - Tennessee Dietetic Association - 1997
  • Earl Crader Award - The University of Memphis College of Education - 1998
  • University College Advising Award - The University of Memphis - 2000

Teaching Experience

  • Humanitarian Nutrition (G) -  
  • Environmental Nutrition (G) -  
  • Nutrition (U) -  
  • Community Nutrition (U/G) -  
  • Internship in Nutrition (U) -  
  • Senior Project (U) -  
  • Applied Master's Project (G) -  
  • Global Issues : Social Sciences (U) -  
  • Fresh Connections Freshman Seminar (U) -  
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (U) -  
  • Readings: Foods/Nutrition (U) -  
  • Honors Forum: World Hunger (U) -  
  • Study Abroad: Food and Nutrition (U, G) - Costa Rica; Nutrition, Sustainability, and Wellness
  • Study Abroad: Food and Nutrition (U,G) - Nutrition, Wellness, and Health Promotion in Switzerland
  • Study Abroad: Food and Nutrition (U,G) - Traditional Chinese Health: Shanghai Experience
  • Study Abroad: Food and Nutrition (U,G) - Belize: Nutrition and Natural Healing
  • Teaching Methods in Health Care (U) -  
  • Advanced Nutrition (U) -  
  • Applied Nutrition for Health (G) -  
  • Clinical Nutrition Internship III (G) -  
  • Clinical Nutrition Administration (G) -  
  • Thesis (G) -  

Outreach

  • Florence University of the Arts- Florence, Italy - Visiting Professor - May 2013 -  
  • MidSouth Food Bank Advocacy and Education Committee -   - 2013-2014 - Mid South Food Bank, Memphis
  • Hunger Banquet Speaker - Students Advocating Service Organization - 2013 - The University of Memphis
  • Developing Faculty Led Study Abroad Program - Univ of Memphis Faculty - June 2011 - UM Center for International Studies
  • KIPP Collegiate School: Food Deserts - R Roach - July 2011 - KIPP Collegiate High School, Memphis
  • Academic Advisory Board- Annual Editions:Nutrition - RRoach - 2000--present - McGraw-Hill/Dushkin Publishers
  • Nutrition textbook focus group - 15 university faculty - May 2006 - Atlanta Marketing group
  • MIFA Nutrition Education Program - RRoach; Ridley Anderson; CN students - 2006 - MIFA/ University of Memphis
  • Memphis Food Bank Kid's Cafe - RRoach: Estella Greer, Asst Director, Memphis Food Bank - 2006 - Memphis Food Bank/University of Memphis
  • Neighborhood School Nutrition Education Pilot Project- Memphis, TN - Felicia Knowles, MD, Director; R Roach - 2006 - Neighborhood School/University of Memphis
  • Reviewer, The Automatic Diet text - RRoach - 2005 - Hudson Street Press/Penguin Group
  • International Network Group- St Jude - RRoach - 2003 - St Jude/ University of Memphis
  • Reviewer, Understanding Nutrition textbook, 8th, 9th & 10th Eds. - RRoach - 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003 - West/Wadsworth Publishers
  • Reviewer, University of TN Medical Group Research Grants - RRoach - 1997-1998 - University of Tn Medical Group
  • American Heart Association, Nutrition Committee - RRoach - 1989-1991 - American Heart Association- Memphis
  • World Food Day Steering Committee, Director/Co-Director - RRoach - 1986-1988; 1998-2000; 2002-2003 - Univ of Memphis/ Rhodes College
  • Memphis & Shelby Co Science & Engineering Fair, Judge - RRoach - 1984-1988; 1991-1993; 1995-1997 - Memphis & Shelby Co. Schools
  • Mid-South Fair, Judge - RRoach - 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992 - UT Agricultural Extension Service
  • Healthy Habits, Board of Advisors - RRoach - 1992-1998 - Healthy Habits organization
Service
  •   - Graduate Faculty, Full Member - 1996-2008; 2009-2014
  •   - Campus International Advisory Organization - 1998
  •   - International Studies Abroad- Summer Program Reviewer - 1999-2000
  •   - University College Review Task force - 1999-2000
  •   - SACS Implementation Committee - 2002
  •   - Works in Progress- Undergraduate Student Research Forum- Judge - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009-2013
  •   - University College Faculty Council - 02-03, 03-04, 04-05, 05-06, 06-07, 07-08
  •   - University College Baccalaureate Contract Review Committee - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  •   - MPH Planning Committee - 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007
  •   - University College Peer Review - 2009
  •   - Fulbright Committee - 2004-2013
  •   - MPH Director Search Committee, Member - 2006-2007
  •   - Faculty Search Committee, MPH - 2007-2008
  •   - MPH Curriculum Committee, Chair - 2007-2008
  •   - Center for International Programs and Services- Study Abroad Advisory Co. - 2008- 2009
  •   - TiGUrs Urban Garden Committee - 2009-2011
  •   - TEP Interviewer - 1991, 1992, 2000, 2005-2009, 2011-2013
  •   - International Initiatives Committee - 1996-1997
  •   - Diversity Task Force - 1996-1997, 1998, 2001-2002
  •   - Diversity Task Force, Chair - 1998
  •   - Urban Chair of Excellence Search Committee - 1998, 1999
  •   - COE Leadership Team - 2008-2010
  •   - COE Dean's Council - 2008-2011
  •   - Honors Program Task Force - 2001-2002
  •   - Professional Development Committee - 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005
  •   - Cohesive Structures-Team 6 Committee - 2004-2005, 2005-2006
  •   - Conceptual Framework Committee - 2004-2005, 2005-2006
  •   - Faculty Search Committee, Dean COE - 2008
  • Department of Health & Sport Sciences -   -  
  •   - Academic Accreditation Council - 2004, 2005, 2006
  •   - Undergraduate Curriculum Committee - 2004- 2012
  •   - Didactic Program in Dietetics, Program Director - 2004- 2013
  •   - Student Dietetic Association, Faculty Advisor - 2004- 2013
  •   - Tenure & Promotion Committee - 2004-present
  •   - Academic Council Committee - 2005-2006
  •   - CADE Site Visit, Co-Chair - 2005
  •   - HSS Self- Study Steering Committee - 2006-2007
  •   - COEAS/Accreditation, Chair - 2007-2008
  •   - Faculty Search Committee, Dietetic Internship Director - 2007-2008
  •   - NUTR Unit Coordinator - 2011-2014
  •   - Faculty Search Co, Chair - 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Member - 1978- present
  •   - Didactic Program in Dietetics, Director - 1984-2013
  •   - Hunger & Environmental Nutritionists Practice Group - 2002-present
  •   - Dietetic Educators of Practitioners Practice Group - 1983-present
  • Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Member - 1981-present
  • Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Member - 1981-present
  • Memphis Area Nutrition Council - Member - 1981-Present
  •   - Nutrition Symposium Program Committee, Continuity - 2005-2006
  •   - Nutrition Symposium Program Committee - 2000-2001
  •   - President - 1989-1990
Journal Articles
  • Roach R (2013). Overcoming Economic Barriers to Implement International Nutrition Education in an Urban University. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 45:4S, p. 5. 
  • Beck, K., Williams, R., Stockton, M, Roach, R, Pride-Boone, J.(2010). A family-oriented culturally tailored, faith based weight loss intervention for overweight children, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 110 (9) S: A-101, 2010
  •  Roach R (2007). A multidisciplinary approach to understanding the relationship between climate change and hunger.  World Food Day Study Action Packet. US National Committee for World Food Day, Washington, DC. 
  • Roach R, (2006). Let's get personal. World Food Day Study Action Packet. US National Committee for World Food Day. Washington, DC . 
  • Roach R, Gareau S, Godwin S, Paquette W. (2005). Building global bridges: Creating solutions. World Food Day Study/Action Packet. US National Committee for World Food Day, Washington, DC 14-24. 
  • Crown BK, Ward KD, Clemens LH, Read MC, Roach RR. (2005). Dietary intakes of adolescent swimmers and non-athletes. Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, St. Louis, MO, October 2005. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, August 2005, 105:8, p. A-62.
  • Mehr B, Clemens LH, Roach RR, Beech BM. (2005). Prevalence of eating disorders in dietetic and other health-related majors: A study of college students. Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, St. Louis, MO, October 2005. Abstract published in Journal of the American Dietetic Association, August 2005, 105: 8 p. A-29.
  • Cody M, Roach R, Fey-Yensan F. (2004). Hunger questions to guide solutions. In Politics of Hunger. What's at Stake? World Food Day 2004 Study/Action Packet. US National Committee for World Food Day, Washington, DC, 5-7, 14. 
  • Roach RR. (Fall 2003). A day in the life of a registered dietitian. Diversity: Allied Health Careers. Career Recruitment Media, Chicago, IL. 14-16. 
  • Roach R, Deshpande K, George A, Madson S. (2003). Building alliances. World Food Day Study/Action Packet. US National Committee for World Food Day, Washington, DC, p 15-18. 
  •  Roach RR (2002). Students and curriculum: World hunger issues. Introducing students to world hunger issues through non-traditional courses. World Food Day Study/Action Packet. US National Committee for World Food Day, Washington, DC, 17-18.
  • Roach RR. (2001). International learning. Today's Dietitian, 3(2), 34-37. 
  • Roach R, Anderson L, Craig B, Mehta M. (2000). Women's rights: Poverty and hunger. World Food Day Study/Action Packet. US National Committee for World Food Day, Washington, DC . 
  • Pichert JW, Roach RR, Lorenz RA, Boswell EJ, Schlundt DG. (1994). Translating the "effective patient teaching" course to a second university setting. Journal of Nutrition Education.  26, 149-152. 
  • Roach RR, Pichert JW, Stetson BA, Lorenz RA, Boswell EJ, Schlundt DG. (1992). Improving dietitians' teaching skills. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 92(12), 1466-1473. 
  • Stetson BA, Pichert JW, Roach RR, Lorenz RA, Boswell EJ, Schlundt DG (1992). Registered dietitians' teaching and adherence promotion skills during routine patient education. Patient Education and Counseling 19, 273-280. 
  • Roach RR. (1990). A collaborative effort between researcher/educator and practitioner. Education Newsletter of the American Dietetic Association, February.  
  •  Stetson BA, Pichert JW, Roach RR. (1989). Dietitians' teaching skills: Implications for renal nutritionists. Council on Renal Nutrition Quarterly, 13(4), 14-16.
Presentations
  •  Rago D, White M, Willians R, Stockton S, Knight T, Roach R, Marciel KK, Stokes DC. (2010) Using a cystic fibrosis knowledge of disease management questionnaire in adolescents to improve BMI. 24th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference. Baltimore, MD. 
  • Roach RR (2009). World Food Day Study Action Packet Planning Conference. Washington, DC.  
  • Roach, RR. ( 2008).Providing international nutrition education in an urban university in the US.Tennessee Consortium for International Studies Annual Meeting. Memphis, TN February. 
  • Mosby T, Clemens LH, Slawson D, Levy M, Roach R, Tolarova MM. (2004). Folate status, fortification, and its impact on birth prevalence of neural tube defects. Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, Anaheim, CA, October 2004
  • Wager GD, Cowan PA, Clemens LH, Roach RR (2004).  The association between health behaviors in children and adolescents at risk for Type 2 diabetes and their parents.  Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, Anaheim, CA, October 2004.
  • Roach R (2004). International Nutrition at an Urban University, Memphis District Dietetic Association Professional Development Seminar, Memphis, TN, October.
  • Roach RR, Young P. (2004). Alternative approaches to international nutrition education in an urban university in the United States. International Congress of Dietetics Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 2004.
  • Reasor K, Clemens LH, Roach RR, Meeks M. (2003). Experiences individuals have while on the Atkins Diet. Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, San Antonio, TX, October 2003.
  • Braun B, Clemens LH, Roach RR, Murphy M. (2003).  Environmental factors that influence the eating habits of 8 to 10 year old children. Annual Meeting of the American Dietetics Association, San Antonio, TX, October 2003.
  •  Burns K, Smith M, Roach R, Smith K. (1999).  Comparison of the linear growth of children with bone marrow transplants to normal population data using Z-scores.  Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, Atlanta, Ga, October 1999.
  •   West H, Smith M, Roach R, Williams R. (1999).  Resting energy expenditure and nutritional status in children with sickle cell disease after glutamine supplementation.  Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, Atlanta, GA, October 1999.
  •   Roach R. (1999).  A Model for Training Allied Health Students to Teach Clients.  Arkansas Instructional Conference, University of Arkansas at Hope, March 1999.
  •   Loria K, Smith M, Roach R,  Connor P. (1998).  Outcome Measures to Determine the Importance of Dietitians in Diabetes Care in a Primary Care Setting.  Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, October 1998.
  •   Ewing A, Mitchell C,  Roach R. (1998).  Clinical Indicators Predicting Weight Loss in Nursing Home Residents.  Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, October 1998.
  •   Legowski P, Roach R, Smith, M, Thomas E,  Sibrian R. (1998).  Assessment of the Household Food Habits and Dietary Patterns of Rural Belize.  Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, October 1998.
  •   Roach R. (1998).  Developing Food guidelines in a Developing Country.  Biennial Meeting of the SE College Teachers of Food, Nutrition, and Food Science, Tennessee State University, February 1998.
  •   Roach R. (1996).  A Model for Teaching Research at the Belize School of Nursing.  Caribbean Nurses Organization XX Biennial Conference, Belize City, Belize, Central America, August 1996.
  •   Roach R. (1996).  International Experiences: 4 Countries and the Beijing Conference.  Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education, St. Louis, MO, July 1996.
  •   Roach R.  (1996).  International Experiences in Nutrition Education: Preparing for the 21st Century.  Tennessee Dietetic Association Spring Meeting and the Memphis Area Nutrition Council 27th Annual Symposium, Memphis, TN,  April 1996.
  •   Todd JL, Smith MA, Roach R, Cesari J. (1996).  The role of negative self-esteem in making adolescents vulnerable to the progression from disordered eating and body dissatisfaction to the development of an eating disorder. Spring Meeting of the Memphis District Dietetic Association, April 1996.
  •   Roach R. (1996).  Preparing Nutrition Educators for Globalization.  Annual Meeting of the SE College Teachers of Food, Nutrition, and Food Science, Tuskegee University, March 1996.
  •   Crowson C, Roach R, Smith M, Polly D. (1995).  Nutrition knowledge of preschool children living in transitional housing or stable housing and the nutrition messages of their mothers.  Annual Meeting of  the American Dietetic Association, October 1995.
  •   Frankum K, Roach R, Anspaugh D, Smith M, Stevens P. (1995).  A knowledge assessment followingnutrition and food labeling instructions with college students.  Annual Meeting of the American DieteticAssociation, October 1995.
  •   Young L, Smith M, Roach R, Cesari J. (1995).  The prevalence and correlating characteristics of disordered eating among adolescent female cheerleaders and dancers.  Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, October 1995.  (JADA 95: A-61).
  •   Sulentich DM, Roach R, Walker L,  Smith, M. (1995).  The relationship between inner city adolescents qualifying for free, reduced and full price school lunches and nutrition knowledge.  Spring Meeting of the Tennessee Dietetic Association, April 1995.  
  • Roach R (1993). Effective Patient Counseling Techniques. UT Family Medicine Residents, Memphis, TN, November .
  •   Dundas M, Neill M, Roach R, Stevens P. (1995).  A comparison study: using the food guide pyramid and the American Diabetes Association Exchange Lists in Nutrition Counseling for lower socioeconomic status adults. Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education, Washington, DC, July 1995.
  • Roach RR. (1993).  Clinical Management Practice Grant Experience.  Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, Anaheim, CA, October .
  •   Yarbro AL, Dundas ML, Connor PD, Roach RR, Murphy M. (1993).  Lifestyle behaviors and attitudes of pregnant women concerning weight gain.  Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education, Minneapolis, MN, June 1993.      

  •     Roach RR. (1991).  Training dietetic students to be effective educators.  Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education, Miami, FL, July 1991.
  •   Slawson DL, Eck LH, Mitchell CO,  Roach RR. (1991).  Socioeconomic and racial differences in attitudes and subjective norms and their relationship to nutrition-related behaviors.  Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, Dallas, TX, October 1991.
  •   Ellis K, Dundas ML, Nuckolls J, Bond CL, Roach RR. (1991).  Will low literacy materials help obese patients lose weight and make lifestyle changes?  Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education, Miami, FL, July 1991.
  • Roach R (1991). Empowering the Learner-Patient Education that Works. Regional Medical Center Clinical Nutrition Service Symposium, Peabody Hotel, Memphis, TN, September.
  •   Smith LP, Smith MA, Dundas ML,  Roach RR. (1991).  Implementation of a healthy eating plan inschool food lunch.  Annual Meeting of the American Dietetic Association, Dallas, TX, October 1991.
  •   Roach RR. (1990).  Nutrition educators-Are we effective?  Annual Meeting of the American Home Economics Association, San Antonio, TX, June 1990. 
  • Roach RR,  Dundas ML. (1990).  Improving patient teaching skills of nutrition educators.  Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education, Anaheim, CA, July 1990.