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Patten earns $10,000 scholarship for doctoral work in dietetics

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Emily Vaterlaus Patten, a doctoral candidate in the College of Human Ecology, has received a $10,000 scholarship awarded to registered dietitians who demonstrate a commitment to the future of the profession through teaching and research.

Emily Patten

Emily Patten

She is one of only 10 national winners selected by for a 2015 Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) Doctoral Scholarship.

Also receiving one of the coveted scholarships is Catherine Metzgar, president-elect of the College of Human Ecology alumni advisory board. Metzgar graduated from K-State with a degree in dietetics in 2010 and did her internship with Hershey Company in Pennsylvania.

Patten, from Boise, Idaho, is focusing her research on leadership in clinical dietetics practice.

“Emily’s work fulfills a significant gap in dietetics research,” said Kevin Sauer, associate professor in dietetics, Department of Human Nutrition at Kansas State University. He is Patten’s major professor.

Patten explained: “Clinical dietitians make up the majority of our profession and they are coping with the complexities of the changing healthcare system and health status of the nation. The current environment is ripe with opportunity for clinical dietitians to not only progress the profession, but really have a positive influence on our nation's health. To date, ‘leadership’ has been a feel-good, buzz word without a clear bridge to practice for non-managers in our profession. By developing a leadership taxonomy, clinical dietitians and their managers will have a new tool to plan/track development and inform continuing education choices.”

The scholarship winner completed a B.S. degree in dietetics and M. S. degree in nutritional science from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. She has been a clinical dietitian and an administrative dietitian and regional educator in Salt Lake City, an Institute of Child Nutrition consultant at the University of Mississippi in Oxford and a Child Nutrition Management Academy cadre trainer with the Kansas State Department of Education in Topeka.
She currently teaches management in dietetics at K-State.

Patten plans to teach administrative dietetics at a university.

CDR is the credentialing agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the nation’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

This article was posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, and is filed under College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.