Barbara C. Olendzki, R.D., M.P.H., L.D.N., is an Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Nutrition Program Director of the Center for Integrative Nutrition, and the Director of
Cardiovascular Nutrition Outpatient Counseling at the University of Massachusetts Medical
School. Interests include clinical trials with dietary interventions, teaching nutrition
for graduate nurses and medical students, and seeing outpatients for nutrition
counseling. Barbara specializes in cardiac concerns, gastrointestinal problems, diabetes,
obesity, and inflammatory diseases. The Center for Integrative Nutrition promotes
nutritional change by teaching patients to consume healthy and delicious food. The senses
of taste, smell, and texture are methods utilized in facilitating dietary change within
the counseling, cooking and nutrition programs for the public, and through Barbara’s
various research programs.
A healthy dietary lifestyle combines the intellectual knowledge of protective or
detrimental foods with the satisfaction incurred when taste and fulfillment goals are
also met. Individual consults customize dietary lifestyles to fit patient needs.
Specifically, and integral to Barbara’s practice, research interests also include: a)
developing and implementing nutritional determinants of health as they can be applied to
chronic disease, obesity prevention and treatment; and b) engagement in good quality
research that leads to dissemination of nutrition messages targeting the health of the
individuals and family.
Determinants of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Incidence of Diabetes in Postmenopausal Women in the U.S.: The Women's Health Initiative 1993-2009 (with Yunsheng Ma, James R. Hebert, JoAnn E. Manson, Raji Balasubramanian, Simin Liu, Michael J. Lamonte, Chloe E. Bird, Judith K. Ockene, Yongxia Qiao, Kristin L. Schneider, Milagros C. Rosal, Deidre M. Sepavich, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Marcia L. Stefanick, Lawrence S. Phillips, Ira S. Ockene, Robert C. Kaplan, Gloria E. Sarto, Lorena Garcia, and Barbara V. Howard), Diabetes care (2012)
Depression severity, diet quality, and physical activity in women with obesity and depression (with Bradley M. Appelhans, Matthew C. Whited, Kristin L. Schneider, Yunsheng Ma, Jessica L. Oleski, Philip A. Merriam, Molly E. Waring, Devin M. Mann, Ira S. Ockene, and Sherry L. Pagoto), Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2012)
Presentations and Posters
Low potassium diet (with George L. Bakris), Preventive and Behavioral Medicine Publications and Presentations (2009)