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BRILEY, MARGARET E

Margaret E Briley

Professor
Department of Nutritional Sciences


m.briley@austin.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-7632

Office Location
GEA 308

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Natural Sciences
103 W 24TH ST A2703
PAI 5.20
Austin, TX 78712

Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, Texas Tech University

Research Interests

Dr. Margaret Briley is a Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. She completed her PhD degree at Texas Tech University in nutrition in the College of Agriculture. She was the first woman to graduate with a PhD degree from a College of Agriculture that was a non-land grant university in the United States. Dr. Briley is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian.

Dr. Briley’s research has focused on nutrition of children who are in childcare outside of the home. Her research includes Early Childcare Education (ECE) centers where children, teachers, directors receive nutrition education and nutrition behavior changes that affect children’s food choices for life. Her publications include writing the nutrition guidelines several times for childcare for the Journal of Academy and Dietetics (formally the American Dietetic Association). She has conducted research along the Texas border in Juarez, Mexico and Candelara, Texas, in 7 other states and other cities in Texas. Randomized control trials have focused on issues of food safety, food provided by the ECE center and follow the Child and Adult Program guidelines, and centers where lunches are provided by parents for their child. When the Texas Legislature changed their regulations for ECE centers and allowed kitchens to be closed and parents to provide sack lunches, Dr. Briley’s inquiry began on what foods were in the sack lunches. This led to several studies ending in a National Institute of Health 5 year grant “Lunch is in the Bag” (LiitB). The LiitB results caused the Texas Rising Star State program to change their nutrition policies in 2015 based on the findings of LiitB from 607 parent-child dyads in three cities, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. One of Dr. Briley’s graduate students developed a unique method of collection of data from a parent child dyad while shopping in the grocery store and resulted in the nutrition behaviors involved in purchasing healthy foods for the family. This led to presentations at International meetings in Belgium and Scotland.

Dr. Briley’s research currently focuses on “kid foods” purchased by parents with intervention strategies that can help reduce obesity of young preschool children and develop healthy eating habits that can last for a lifetime.


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Research Support

1 R01 CA149643 04/15/10 – 01/31/15

National Cancer Institute

Lunch in the Bag: Packing More Fruit, Vegetables, Grain in Preschool Sack lunches

The goal of the grant is to test a multilevel intervention for Early Child Education centers and

parents working together to increase fruit, vegetable, and whole grain in sack lunches and

snacks sent from home.

Role: Principal Investigator with PI Deanna Hoelscher and PI Cindy Roberts-Gray

R01 Submitted NIH and in revision for resubmission Nov, 2015.

Influence of “Kids’ Foods” on Families with Children Ages 2-5

Role: PI with Deanna Hoelscher and PI Cindy Roberts-Gray

UT Graduate School Research Support: 06/01/15-08/31/15

Parents’ Perspectives on Kid Foods. A research project of focus groups of parents

to determine parents’ understanding of Kid Foods.

Role: PI with PI Cindy Roberts-Gray and PI Deanna Hoelscher.

U01 RFA-A-MD-15-010

Submission August 3, 2015 to Department of Health and Human Services

Advancing Health Disparities Interventions Through Community-Based Participatory

Research.  The goal of this grant is to conduct community collaborative research to reduce health disparities by providing Happy Talk Grocery Shuttle for Galveston families with children ages 0 to 30 months in Galveston, Texas.

Role: Research Nutrition Consultant with Sara Sweitzer, PhD, RD and with PI Cindy Roberts-Gray.

April, 2016-2021.

5 R21 CA123140 02/01/08 – 01/31/11

National Cancer Institute

Increasing Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains in Preschoolers Sack Lunches

The aim of this R21 was to adapt the lunch Box Program as a behavioral intervention program

for increasing the number of servings of fruit, vegetables and whole grains parents pack in

preschool child’s lunches.

Role: PI, UT Austin with PI Deanna Hoelscher and PI Cindy Roberts Gray.

Harris Company Healthcare Alliance 06/01/13 – 12/31/13

Healthy Living Matters, Nutrition and Physical Activity for In-home Child Care Providers

Role: PI, UT Austin with PI Sara Sweitzer.

SELECTED  PUBLICATONS:

Romo Palafox MJ, Ranjjit N, Sweitzer SJ, Roberts-Gray C, Hoelscher DM, Byrd-Williams      CEM, Briley ME.  Nutrient Quality of Preschooler's Lunches as Measured by Dietary Reference Intakes and Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range. In Review: AJCN, 2015.

Roberts-Gray C, Briley ME, Hoelscher DM, Ranjiit N, Byrd-Williams CE, Sweitzer SJ,

Sharma SV, Romo-Palafox MJ. Efficacy of the Lunch is in the Bag intervention to increase parents' packing of healthy sack lunches for young children: a cluster-randomized trial in early care and education centers. ISBNPA  Accepted for Publication, 2015.

Chen N, Hoelscher DM, Briley ME, Ranjit N, Roberts-Gray CR, Vernon SW. Healthy food environment does not translate to healthy sack lunches for Texas preschool children. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014.

Chen N, Hoelscher DM, Briley ME, Ranjit N, Roberts-Gray CR, Vernon SW. Child asking and child food involvement behaviors are associated with healthy but not unhealthy home environment. J Public Health Nutr. 2014.

 

Chen N, Hoelscher DM, Briley ME, Ranjit N, Roberts-Gray CR, Vernon SW. Food preferences, intentions and nutrition knowledge are associated with home food environment in families of Texas preschool children. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014.

 

Calloway EE,  Sweitzer SJ, , McInnis KA, Romo-Palafox MJ, McAllaster MR, Roberts-Gray CR, Briley ME. Insufficient nutrition knowledge and unhealthy food purchasing habits of low-income parents with preschool children. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014.

 

Calloway EE,  Ranjit N, Sweitzer SJ, , McInnis KA, Romo-Palafox MJ, Roberts-Gray CR, Briley ME. Validation and inter-rater reliability of micro camcorder data collection method for assessing parent-child food-purchasing interactions. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2014.

 

Calloway EE, Ranjit N, Roberts-Gray CR, Romo-Palafox MJ, McInnis KA, Sweitzer SJ, Briley ME. Exploratory cross-sectional study of associations between the home food environment and the healthfulness of child purchasing requests in the grocery store. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014

 

Calloway EE, Roberts-Gray CR, Ranjit N, Sweitzer SJ, McInnis KA, Romo-Palafox MJ, Briley  ME. Method of assessing parent-child grocery store purchasing interactions using a micro-camcorder. Appetite. 2014;83:1-9.

Sweitzwer SJ, Ranjit N, Calloway EE, Hoelscher DM, Almansour FD, Briley ME, Roberts-Gray CR. Examining how adding a booster to a behavioral nutrition intervention prompts parents to pack more vegetables and whole grains in their preschool children's sack lunches. Behav Med. June 2014: 1-31.

 

Briley ME, Ranjit N, Hoelscher DM, Sweitzer SJ, Almansour FD, Roberts-Gray CR. Unbundling outcomes of a multilevel intervention to increase fruit, vegetables, and whole grains parents pack for their preschool children in sack lunches. Am J Health Educ.  2012;43(3):135-142.

 

Neelon SEB, Briley ME. Benchmarks for nutrition programs in childcare settings. Position of the  American Dietetic Association. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2011; 111 (4):607-615.

 

Briley ME, McAllaster M. Nutrition and the child-care setting. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011;111(9):1298-1300.

Sweitzer SJ, Briley ME, Roberts-Gray CR, Hoelscher DM, Harrist RB, Staskel DM, Almansour FD. Psychosocial outcomes of Lunch is in the Bag, a parent program for packing healthful lunches for preschool children. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2011;43(6):536-542.

 

Almansour FD, Sweitzer SJ, Magness AA, Calloway EE, McAllaster MR, Roberts-Gray CR, Hoelscher DM, Briley ME. Is your preschool child’s lunch safe from microorganisms? Pediatrics. 2011;128(3):519-523.

 

Magness AA, McAllaster MR, Sweitzer SJ, Briley ME, Roberts-Gray CR. Can low income families find healthy substitutes to popular, unhealthy foods at the supermarket? J Am Diet Assoc. 2011;111(suppl 9):A91.

 

McAllaster MR, Magness AA, Briley ME, Sweitzer SJ, Roberts-Gray CR. What can low income households reveal about MyPyramid food group purchasing? J Am Diet Assoc. 2011;111(suppl 9):A96.

 

Sweitzer SJ, Briley ME, Roberts-Gray CR, Hoelscher DM, Staskel DM, Almansour FD. How to help parents pack better preschool sack lunches: advice from parents for educators. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2011;43(3):194-198.

 

Sweitzer SJ, Sharma SV, McCallaster M, Almansour FD, Calloway EE, Briley ME. Examining parents' breakfast choices for their preschool-aged children. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011;111(suppl 9):A105.

 

Sweitzer SJ, Briley ME, Roberts-Gray CR, Hoelscher DM, Harrist RB, Staskel DM, Almansour FD. Lunch is in the bag: increasing fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in sack lunches of preschool-aged children. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110(7):1058-1064.

 

Sweitzer SJ, Briley ME, Roberts-Gray CR, Hoelscher DM, Almansour FD. Nutrient analysis of preschool lunches from pilot study of Lunch Is in the Bag. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110(suppl 9):A114.

 

Briley ME, Sweitzer SJ, Hoelscher DM, Harrist RB, Almansour FD, Roberts-Gray CR.  Pilot study of Lunch is in the Bag:  Effects on meal pattern in preschoolers’ parent-packed sack lunches.  J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110(suppl 9):A9.

 

Briley ME, Taylor E, Collins L. Socioeconomic, demographic, and educational characteristics of pregnant adolescents. J Home Econ Res. 2009;8(3):184-189.

 

Sweitzer SJ, Briley ME, Robert-Gray C. Do sack lunches provided by parents meet the nutritional needs of young children who attend child care? J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109(1):141-144.

 

Sweitzer SJ, Briley ME, Staskel DM, Roberts-Gray CR, Hoelscher DM. Use of intervention mapping to develop an education program targeted to parents of preschool-aged children in childcare. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109(suppl 9):A88.

 

DM, Sweitzer SJ, Briley ME, Roberts-Gray CR, Almansour FD. Food safety temperatures and storage methods of preschool children's packed meals. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109(suppl 9):A72.

 

Sweitzer SJ, Briley ME, Staskel DM, Roberts-Gray CR, Hoelscher DM, Almansour FD. Improving Parent's Lunch Packing Skill with Lunch Is in the Bag. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109(suppl 9):A13.

 

Sweitzer SJ, Briley ME, Hoelscher DM, Roberts-Gray CR, Staskel DM. Focus groups provide effective guidance on development of nutrition education program. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008;108(suppl 9):A11.

 

Staskel DM, Briley ME, Curtis SR, Field LH, Barth SS. The effect of food safety training on food safety behaviors in Texas childcare centers. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008;108(suppl 9):A11.

 

Staskel DM, Briley ME, Field LH, Barth SS. Microbial evaluation of foodservice surfaces in Texas child-care centers. J Am Diet Assoc. 2007;107(5):854-859.

 

Enke AA, Briley ME, Curtis SR, Greninger SA, Staskel DM. Quality management procedures influence the food safety practices at childcare centers. ECEJ. 2007;35(1):75-81.

 

Padget A, Briley ME. Dietary intakes at childcare centers in central Texas fail to meet Food Guide Pyramid recommendations. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005;105(5):790-793.

 

Iward JL, Hoelscher DM, Briley ME. Food choices of third-grade children in Texas. J Am Diet Assoc. 2002;102(3):409-412.

 

Briley ME, Jastrow S, Vickers J, Roberts-Gray CR. Dietary intake at child-care centers and away: are parents and care providers working as partners or at cross-purposes? J Am Diet Assoc. 1999;99(8):950-954.

 

Briley ME, Jastrow S, Vickers J, Roberts-Gray CR. Can ready-to-eat cereal solve common nutritional problems in child-care menus? J Am Diet Assoc. 1999;99(3):341-343.

 

Briley ME, Jastrow S, Vickers J, Roberts-Gray CR. Dietary intake at ChildCare Centers and Away. J Am Diet Assoc. 1999;99(8):950-954.

 

Briley ME, Roberts-Gray CR, Jastrow S. Nutrition related activities at child care centers. J Am Diet Assoc. 1996;96(suppl 9):A91.

 

Briley ME, Roberts-Gray CR. Diets Of children in family day care homes that participate in Child And Adult Care Food Program. J Am Diet Assoc. 1995;95(suppl 9):A52.

 

Briley ME, Roberts-Gray CR, Simpson D. Identification of factors that influence the menu at child care centers: a grounded theory approach. J Am Diet Assoc. 1994;94(3):276-281.

 

Briley ME, Roberts-Gray CR, Rowe S. What can children learn from the menu at the child care center? J Commun Health. 1994;18(6):363-377.

Briley ME, Montgomery DH, Blewett J. Worksite nutrition education can lower total cholesterol levels and promote weight loss among police department employees. J Am Diet Assoc. 1992;92(11):1382-1384.

 

Briley ME, Owens MS, Gillham MB, Sharplin SW. Sources of nutrition information for rural and urban elderly adults. J Am Diet Assoc. 1990;90(7):986-987.

 

Briley ME, Montgomery DH, Blewett J. Dietary intakes of police department employees in a wellness program. J Am Diet Assoc. 1990;90(1):65-68.

 

Briley ME, Buller AC, Roberts-Gray CR, Sparkman A. What is on the menu at the child care center? J Am Diet Assoc. 1989;89(6):771-774.

 

Briley ME, Coyle E, Roberts-Gray CR, Sparkman A. Nutrition knowledge and attitudes and menu planning skills of family day-home providers. J Am Diet Assoc. 1989;89(5):694-695.

 

Sparkman A, Briley ME, Gillham MB. Validated foodservice training manual for supervisors with limited experience. J Am Diet Assoc. 1985;84(12):1475-1478.

 

Briley ME, Roberts-Gray CR, Simpson D. A grounded theory approach for improving the menu at the child care center. J Am Diet Assoc. 1993;93(suppl 9):A19.

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