A-HA Research Scientist
Heather Keller, Ph.D., R.D., FDC
Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 31761
Heather Keller RD PhD is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at the University of Waterloo. Research programs cross the continuum of care and are focused on improving the nutritional status and food intake of older adults. Four areas are emphasized: nutrition care processes (e.g. screening programs), meal quality (e.g. menu planning, food fortification, pureed food), meal access (e.g. family/volunteer eating assistance), and mealtime experience (e.g. Eating Together Study). As Chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (CMTF), Heather leads an interprofessional team focused on improving the identification and treatment of malnutrition in the acute care setting. Current projects involve knowledge translation focused on improving care processes resulting from findings of the Nutrition Care in Canadian Hospitals study. A nutrition care pathway and support resources (eg. mealtime audit tool) are currently being content validated. Heather also leads the Making the Most of Mealtimes (M3) research program focused on improving food intake in residents living in long term care. An interprofessional team from across Canada will conduct the most comprehensive prevalence study that identify determinants of food intake amenable to change. This will lay the foundation for M3 intervention research in LTC. As a scientist with the Agri-food for Healthy Aging research group, she has conducted research with Drs. Duizer, Duncan and Stark focused on improving pureed food and fortifying food products for residents in LTC. Nutrition risk screening tools (Canadian Nutrition Screening Tool and SCREENIII) have recently been validated, supporting efficient screening in hospital and community settings. Nutri-eSCREEN, a self-management site for older adults based on SCREENII is in the process of being evaluated. Future planned endeavours include translation of the Life Nourishment Theory resulting from the Eating Together study into education programs for family and formal care partners for persons with dementia.
Learn more about Heather Keller on the University of Waterloo website.
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