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Marcia Nahikian-Nelms 

Institute Senior Affiliate
Clinical Professor/Director of Academic Affairs
College of Medicine/School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Dr. Marcia Nahikian-Nelms’ research is driven from both her responsibilities in curricular teaching, education and administrative responsibilities for curricular oversight and faculty teaching development. Her research goals are as follows:
  1. To provide synthesis and development of evidence based medical nutrition therapy to support clinical practice
  2. To assess the effectiveness of alternative teaching environments for use in health sciences education
  3. To provide clinical nutrition expertise for ongoing research projects within the OSU College of Medicine, the Wexner Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, community partners and our graduate program.
Her current research focuses on developing pedagogy for clinical education with a primary objective to develop experiential education that will bridge classroom to practice. Dr. Nahikian-Nelms’ case study textbook (Medical Nutrition Therapy: A Case Study Approach) is now in its sixth edition.

These cases develop a realistic medical record that allows the student to gain initial experience with clinical reasoning and application of their nutrition knowledge. Most recently her work has moved toward the use of simulation and interprofessional collaboration with other health science professions.

Dr. Nahikian-Nelms’ additional focus area is to provide synthesis and application of evidence based research for use within nutrition therapy practice. This work is demonstrated with the publication of her textbook – Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology and through her contributions to the Nutrition Care Manual published by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

She works to provide both clinical and educational expertise to development of Interprofessional education, simulation, and curricular projects throughout the College of Medicine.