Kelly Higgins, Ph.D.
Scientist
Chemical Regulation & Food Safety
District of Columbia

Kelly Higgins is a clinical nutrition research scientist with training in the areas of nutrition science, food science, and public health and experience in evaluating relationships between diet and health. Dr. Higgins’ technical skills include experimental design, execution, and statistical and biochemical analysis of randomized controlled trials and the design and conduct of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Kelly Higgins’ doctoral training is in ingestive behavior, the multidisciplinary study of why people eat what they eat, when they eat it, and how this affects health. Other credentials include a MPH with an emphasis in health statistics.

Kelly Higgins’ dissertation work at Purdue University investigated the differential effects of low calorie sweeteners on body weight, appetite, and energy intake in two long-term randomized controlled trials each with over 100 participants where she developed skills in design and implementation of human randomized controlled trials and biochemical and statistical analysis. In line with her interest in energy balance and obesity, she also led a systematic review of over 8,500 articles for a meta-analysis investigating the effect of portion size and ingestive frequency on energy intake and body weight. Additionally, she has conducted work to analyze National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) datasets to examine the relationship between snacking frequency and adiposity.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Food Science, Purdue University, 2018
  • M.P.H., Public Health, Purdue University, 2018
  • B.S., Biochemistry, University of Missouri, 2014
  • B.S., Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri, 2014
  • Certificate of Excellence in Research Award, Purdue University Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, May 2018

    FASEB Mentored Platform Presenter Award, May 2018

    IFT Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship, July 2016

    Rose Marie Pangborn Sensory Scholarship, August 2017

    3 Minute Thesis Finalist, Purdue University Graduate School, April 2018

    President, Ingestive Behavior Graduate Student Association, August 2016 – June 2018

Publications

Higgins K, Mattes R. A randomized controlled trial contrasting the effects of four low calorie sweeteners and sucrose on body weight in adults with overweight or obesity. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2018. (In Press).

Higgins K, Hunter S, Mattes R. Sensory, Gastric, and Enteroendocrine Effects of Carbohydrates, Fat, and Protein on Appetite. Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research 2019; 4:14-20.

Higgins K, Considine R, Mattes R. Aspartame Consumption for 12 Weeks Does Not Affect Glycemia, Appetite, or Body Weight of Healthy, Lean Adults in a Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journal of Nutrition 2018; 148(4): 650-657.

McArthur B, Higgins K, Hunter S, and Mattes R. Energetics of Nut Consumption: Oral Processing, Appetite, and Energy Balance. Health Benefits of Nuts and Dried Fruits 2018. (In Press).

Running C, James B, Hollis J, Higgins K. Session 3 Discussion: The microstructure of eating. Physiology & Behavior 2018.

Wittekind A, Schwarz C, McGale L, Stamataki N, Higgins K, Beauchamp B, Nicklaus S, de Graaf C, Gibson S, Rogers P, Mattes R, McLaughlin J, Dussort P, Marsaux C, Mela D, Halford J, Bonnema A, Macdonald I. A workshop on ‘Dietary Sweetness – Is It an Issue?’ International Journal of Obesity 2018; 42: 934-938.

Carreiro A, Dhillon J, Gordon S, Higgins K, Jacobs A, McArthur B, Redan B, Rivera R, Schmidt L, Mattes R. “Endocrine Responses to Protein.” The macronutrients, appetite, and energy intake. Annual Review of Nutrition 2016 Jul 17;36:73-103.

Leidy H, Hoertel H, Douglas S, Higgins K, Shafer R. 2015. A high‐protein breakfast prevents body fat gain, through reductions in daily intake and hunger, in “Breakfast skipping” adolescents. Obesity  2015 Sep;23(9):1761-4.

Presentations

Higgins K, Mattes R. A randomized controlled trial contrasting the effects of four low calorie sweeteners and sucrose on body weight in adults with overweight or obesity. Webinar, International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) 2018.

Higgins K. Twelve Week Consumption Effects of Five Sweeteners on Body Weight, Energy Intake, and Energy Expenditure. Oral Presentation, Nutrition 2018. Boston, MA.

Higgins K. Farmer to Farmer Household Soy Processing in Mikumi, Tanzania. Oral Presentation, Catholic Relief Services Brown Bag Series 2016. Baltimore, MD.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Nutrition, Member

Institute of Food Technologists, Member

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Food Science, Purdue University, 2018
  • M.P.H., Public Health, Purdue University, 2018
  • B.S., Biochemistry, University of Missouri, 2014
  • B.S., Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri, 2014
  • Certificate of Excellence in Research Award, Purdue University Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, May 2018

    FASEB Mentored Platform Presenter Award, May 2018

    IFT Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship, July 2016

    Rose Marie Pangborn Sensory Scholarship, August 2017

    3 Minute Thesis Finalist, Purdue University Graduate School, April 2018

    President, Ingestive Behavior Graduate Student Association, August 2016 – June 2018