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Griffith, Charlotte

Charlotte A Griffith

Graduate Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant
Department of Nutritional Sciences

Doctoral Advisor: Heather J. Leidy, PhD

Charlotte Griffith, MS, RDN, LD, is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a dual appointment as a Graduate Research Assistant under the mentorship of Heather J. Leidy, PhD and a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Nutritional Sciences.

Charlotte earned her BS in Nutrition & Dietetics from Purdue University (2017) and MS in Nutrition Science & Policy from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (2018). She went on to complete her Dietetic Internship at the Medical University of South Carolina (2020) with an emphasis in Adult Medical Nutrition Therapy and is a licensed Registered Dietitian. 

As a doctoral candidate, Charlotte's graduate work aims to build upon her prior graduate thesis work examining the impact of alternate-day fasting on body composition and metabolic health. Under the mentorship of Dr. Leidy, Charlotte aims to expand and merge research interests to explore interactions between the timing of eating patterns, sleep health & circadian rhythms, and the impact on metabolic health and disease risk. 


2023    University of Texas Graduate School Professional Development Award

2023    University of Texas Nutritional Sciences Graduate Student Excellence Award


Heather J. Leidy, PhD (Primary Investigator) 

National Institutes of Health - 1 R01 DK107390-01A

Title:  Increased Protein at Breakfast for Weight Management in Overweight Adolescents

Aim 1: To provide evidence consistent with causal links between breakfast and weight management; Aim 2: To identify the appetitive, hormonal, and neural signals through which protein at breakfast modulates food choice, daily intake, and weight management

Charlotte A. Griffith, MS, RDN, LD, Heather J. Leidy, PhD (Co-Primary Investigators) 

Dell Medical School and Dell Children’s Medical Center Pediatrics Research Grant

Title: Benefits of Breakfast Consumption on Sleep Health & Circadian Rhythms in Adolescents with Overweight/Obesity

Objective: Examine the effects of breakfast on sleep health and circadian rhythms in breakfast-skipping teens prone to subclinical sleep disturbances. Subsequently, examines whether breakfast consumption may mediate changes in sleep health and circadian rhythms via changes in nighttime eating behaviors.