Rachel Simpson is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Kansas University Medical Center. She was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. as a child, growing up in rural northeast Missouri. She earned a bachelor’s degree in medical dietetics in 1976. Her undergraduate education included a coordinated program in dietetics that provided supervised practice experiences to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Her Master of Science degree in human nutrition was completed in 1979 from the University of Missouri, and the thesis was “Diet, Diuretics, Hypertension and Serum Lipids in Male Humans.” She completed additional post-graduate coursework at KUMC in therapeutic science.
As a clinical faculty member, she provides medical nutrition therapy counseling and classes for clients at Silver City Health Center, a medical home operated by KUMC that serves ethnically diverse, low-income clients, many of them speaking Spanish.
She teaches two web-based courses for graduate students: International Nutrition and U.S. Public Health Nutrition. Simpson is actively involved with interprofessional health education in clinic and classroom settings along with the use of simulations for training dietetic interns and nursing students. For the past two years, she also worked with an educational effort to create and maintain vegetable gardens on campus.
Simpson served as program director until 2016 for two graduate certificate programs in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics: Dietetic Internship Program and the Dietetics and Integrative Medicine Program. She conducted qualitative research using focus groups with grade school-age children when she was a member of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition research team to collect data for the KIDS study, a controlled, randomized study of elementary school-age children. The team was investigating the effects of dairy snacks on blood pressure and other outcomes such as body mass index and blood lipids.
M.S. Human Nutrition, University of Missouri, 1979
B.S. Home Economics, University of Missouri, 1976
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