Texas Tech University

Debra Reed, Ph.D., RDN, LD

Professor and Helen DeVitt Jones Chair
Nutritional Sciences

Email: debra.reed@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-6629

Room: HS 609

Cell: (806) 252-0110

Department of Nutritional Sciences

My passion is Community Nutrition--- whether it is teaching undergraduate or graduate students about it or conducting research related to it.  Currently, my colleagues and I are focusing our research on the development and testing of innovative web-based technology to reach parents with nutrition and health messages to prevent child obesity. My Integrated Scholar profile which shows how I synthesize teaching, research, and engagement in my professional activity is shown here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/scholars/2015/reed.php.

Research Interests

Debra Reed


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health: Ph.D. in Community Health Science (1985)
Texas Tech University: M.S. in Food and Nutrition (1980)
University of Arizona: Dietetic Internship (1976)
Texas Tech University: B.S. in Food and Nutrition and Home Economics Education, Cum Laude (1975)


NS 4330 Community Nutrition
NS 4130 Fieldwork in Food and Nutrition
NS 5360  Advanced Community Nutrition
NS 6318  Maternal and Child Nutrition


Masis N, Reed DB, McCool BN, Cooper JA, Lyford C (2013).  Assessment of cancer risk in two rural West Texas communities using anthropometrics, diet, and physical activity.  Open Journal of Preventive Medicine 3(3): 285-292. doi:10.4236/ojpm.2013.33039.

Tami S, Reed DB, Boylan M, Zvonkovic A (2012). Assessment of the Effect of Acculturation on Dietary and Physical Activity Behaviors of Arab Mothers in Lubbock, Texas. Ethnicity and Disease 22:192-197.

Reed, D., Patterson, P., Wasserman, N. (2011). Obesity in Rural Youth: Looking Beyond Nutrition and Physical Activity. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 43, 401-408.

D Feng, DB Reed, C Esperat, M Uchida (2011). Effects of TV in the bedroom on young Hispanic children. American Journal of Health Promotion 25(5):310-318.

Cullen KW, A Lara-Smalling, D Thompson, KB Watson, DB Reed, and K Konzelmann (2009). Creating healthy home food environments: results of a study with participants in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 41(6):380-388.
(Best Article Award 2010)

Nutritional Sciences