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Katherine Chauncey, PhD, RD

Katherine Chauncey, PhD, RD

Katherine (Kathy) Chauncey, PhD, RD, is a Professor of nutrition in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Texas Tech School of Medicine. She is actively involved in medical student and resident education. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Arkansas and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas Tech University. Dr. Chauncey is a licensed registered dietitian nutritionist and has over 35 years of experience in the field of nutrition. Dr. Chauncey maintains a clinical nutrition practice and participates in patient care activities with Texas Tech Physicians. She works with all age groups providing medical nutrition therapy for chronic diseases.

Dr. Chauncey is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, American College of Nutrition, and American Society of Nutrition. Dr. Chauncey has a long standing interest in cancer nutrition education represented by her participation in the 1994 Advanced Training Fellowship of the Dietitian Oncology Nutrition Education Project (DONEP). She is member of CATCHUM cancer education network since 1997 and served on the CATCHUM Nutrition Task force and Steering Committee. She is a member of the National Advisery Board of the Nutrition Education of Practicing Physicians (NEPP) project funded by the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Chauncey is Director of the Cancer Nutrition Network for Texans and the West Texas Cancer Survivors Network funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. More importantly, Dr. Chauncey is a 2008 survivor of both breast and colorectal cancer.

Chauncey is the author of Low Carb Dieting for Dummies, a book for the popular press promoting a healthy lower carbohydrate diet plan. Sales of the book exceed 75,000 copies in the US, Canada, and the UK. The book is based on the Whole Foods Weight Loss Eating Plan that she wrote for family medicine clinics 15 years ago.

Dr. Chauncey’s research interests include nutrition education of health professionals including obesity assessment and treatment and the effect of whole foods and lower carbohydrate eating plans for weight loss.


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