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Professor of Medical Dietetics
Professor Family Medicine

306A Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.

Phone: (614) 688-7972
Email: taylor.1043@osu.edu

Primary Professional Areas of Interest

  • Dietary Patterns related to chronic disease risk

Research Focus

Dr. Chris Taylor has spent 16 years exploring “how does lifestyle factors impact obesity and chronic diseases.” Specifically, what do we do, what do we eat and how does that impact our health status. He also studies personal cultural factors that will impact disease. His two major focus areas include food patterning and the influence of personal factors on lifestyle behavior choice. Food pattern is not just about what nutrients we eat, but our food selection patterns. His second area is factors that influence behavior change.  

Dr. Taylor explores cultural influences (ex: African Americans, Native Americans) as motivators of barriers to lifestyle behavior. His current efforts employ technology to more-efficiently assess the diet and to refer people over to available resources, such as registered dietitians. The direction is to work with the physicians and to identify which patients would be in need of counseling from the primary care clinic and link them to available dietary counseling in the community to improve health outcomes.

Dr. Taylor currently reviews for numerous multidisciplinary and international peer-reviewed journals and currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. He has received extramural funding for his projects derive from the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Agriculture and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. He has served as the Chair of the Research Dietetic Practice Group and an Evidence Analyst for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as being appointed to the Ohio Dietetic Association’s Research Task Force.

Recent Research

Wexler RK, Hefner JL, Sieck C, Taylor CA, Lehman J, Panchal AR, Aldrich A, McAlearney AS. Connecting Emergency Department Patients to Primary Care. J Am Board Fam Med. 2015(6);28:722–732.

Murimi MW, Chrisman M, Hughes K, Taylor CA, Kim Y, McAllister TL. Effects of school-based point-of-testing counselling on health status variables among rural adolescents. Health Ed J. 2015:74(5);557–567.

Watowicz RP, Anderson SE, Kaye GL, Taylor CA. Energy Contribution of Beverages in US Children by Age, Weight, and Consumer Status. Child Obesity. 2015:11(4);475-483.

Recent Presentations

Taylor CA. Overcoming barriers to promote meaningful dietary beahviour change. Presented at the Personalized Nutrition Congress. May 2016, Boston, MA.

Taylor CA, Hooker N, Spees C, Watowicz R. From Shelf to Health: Product Reformulations in Cookies Impacts the Public Health Consumption Estimates of Saturated Fat and Sugar Intakes. Symposium Title: Food policy and systems change: how to monitor and evaluate changes in the global food supply. International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting, June 2016, Cape Town, South Africa.

Taylor CA. Assessing Dietary Patterns: The Hidden Message. Presented during “National Dietary Data: Building Blocks to Expand Your Research Portfolio.” US Department of Agriculture Food Surveys Research Group/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Research DPG Preconference Workshop. October, 2014, Atlanta, GA.

Courses Taught

  • HTHRSC 5900 - Health Sciences Research: Interpretation and Applications
  • MEDDIET 4700 - Research Design in Medical Dietetics
  • MEDDIET 4500 - Health Promotion and Community Nutrition
  • MEDDIET 6300 - Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism


  • BS, Dietetics, Bowling Green University
  • MS, Human Nutrition, Arizona State University
  • RD, Dietetic Internship, Arizona State University
  • PhD, Human Environmental Sciences/Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University