Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Texas, Austin, 2019
  • M.S., Nutrition and Food Management, University of Central Oklahoma, 2014
  • B.S., Nutritional Sciences, Azad University (Sci and Res Branch), Tehran, 2009
Licenses & Certifications
  • Registered Dietitian
Additional Education & Training
  • Python for Data Science, AI & Development, 2022
  • Databases and SQL for Data Science with Python, 2022
  • RD, Dietetic Internship, Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2015
Academic Appointments
  • Research assistant Professor, Department of Internal medicine, New York University Grossman School of Medicine, 2022-Current
Professional Honors
  • Finalist. Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Abstract Recognition Award in the “Obesity” Topical Area. Nutrition 2021 Live Online.
  • First Place Winner. American Society for Nutrition 2019 Video Contest. Nutrition TX Sprouts: Cultivating Healthier Lives.
  • Second Place Winner. Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Competition Award in “Maternal, Perinatal and Pediatric Nutrition” Topical Area. American Society for Nutrition. Nutrition 2018. Boston, MA.
  • Second Place Winner. The Nutritional Sciences Retreat Poster Competition 2018. University of Texas at Austin.
  • Jean Hankin Nutrition Epidemiology Research Grant Award, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2017.
  • Honorable mention for highly meritorious scholarship application, Graduate Women in Science (GWIS), 2014.
  • Dean’s Honor Roll, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma.
  • Member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.
Professional Affiliations
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
  • American Society for Nutrition (ASN)
  • The Obesity Society (TOS)

Dr. Vandyousefi is a Registered Dietitian with a broad background in diet and nutritional sciences specializing in diet and nutrition assessment in the context of childhood and adult obesity research. She has expertise in designing research protocols and surveys, as well as managing clinical trials.   As part of Dr. Vandyousefi's clinical research in the field of nutrition, she has conducted literature searches, analyzed and interpreted dietary and health outcomes data, analyzed and synthesized nutrition and food safety clinical data, and written numerous scientific reports and papers. 

Dr. Vandyousefi obtained her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences in August 2019 from the University of Texas at Austin Department of Nutrition. Her doctoral research examined the role of early life infant feeding practices on child growth, obesity risk, and metabolic changes among offspring of mothers with and without gestational diabetes mellitus. Throughout her doctoral tenure, Dr. Vandyousefi was awarded two pilot grants. The first grant titled "Austin School Gardens: Assessing the landscape of gardening schools around Austin" was funded by the City of Austin, Office of Sustainability and the second pilot grant was funded by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics "Pilot Study: Behavioral, Environmental, and Policy Factors Influencing Childhood Obesity". The pilot grant from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was to collect data from WIC clinics across the Austin area and examine the association of behavioral, environmental, and policy factors with childhood obesity among Hispanic youth. In addition, she served as a wet lab manager on a large NIH funded trial, which involved designing protocols for blood processing, and supervising and training many students and staff on these procedures, overseeing lab safety, and assisting with anthropometric measurements. Dr. Vandyosuefi's doctoral studies resulted in four first authored and 20 co-authored publications.

Upon completion of her doctorate, Dr. Vandyousefi served as a postdoctoral fellow at New York University Grossman School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. Her postdoctoral research primarily focused on accurately conceptualizing and measuring appetite traits during infancy and early childhood and understanding how appetite traits are associated with weight trajectories and obesity risk between children 3-5 years of age, infant and child diet, parental feeding styles, and exposure to intrauterine stressors (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, and environmental pollutants). 

Upon completion of her 2-year term postdoctoral fellowship at the Pediatrics Department, Dr. Vandyousefi transitioned to the MOTIVATE obesity research lab at New York University Grossman School of Medicine, Department of the Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow. Through this position, she expanded her knowledge in the area of obesity and developed experience with clinical trials in adults exploring intergenerational transmission of obesity. Specifically, she served as the project manager of the large and complex VA-funded "WOOP VA" study at the NY Harbor VA Hospital, which aims to evaluate interventions designed to increase Mental Contrasting and Implementation Intentions (MCII) and MOVE! weight loss programs engagement in VA adults. Besides leading a team of ten research interns and assistants, Dr. Vandyousefi has been contributing in research protocol and survey design, data analyses, and manuscript and scientific report writing. 

In addition to an active research agenda and project management experience in clinical studies of obesity, Dr. Vandyousefi has experience in food science and food safety through her investigation of the effectiveness of antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties of essential oils and plants. Her Master's thesis investigated the efficacy of application of cinnamon oil-chitosan emulsion coating in increasing the internal quality and shelf life of shelled eggs. 

Dr. Vandyousefi is a member the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), American Society for Nutrition (ASN), and The Obesity Society (TOS). Dr. Vandyousefi is the first author and co-author on over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has completed several podium and poster presentations at national scientific meetings including NIDDK and Academic Pediatrics Association.