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Kweller, Amy
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Amy R Nichols




PhD Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant
akweller@utexas.edu

Phone: 720-354-8278

Office Location
DPI

Amy R. Kweller MS, RD is a Doctoral Candidate in the Widen Lab and a Research Assistant on Dr. Widen’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development-supported Mother Infant Nutrition (MINT) Study. MINT evaluates how prenatal body composition changes and weight trajectories impact health outcomes.

After years working as a Registered Dietitian in clinical nutrition and public health, Amy found her passion for education as an Assistant Professor of Culinary Nutrition at Johnson & Wales University, Denver. Her objective is to continue advancing as an independent, interdisciplinary academician in maternal-child health and nutritional epidemiology to promote health across the life course.

  • MS in Food Science and Human Nutrition, Registered Dietitian: Colorado State University
  • BA in English and Anthropology, minor in Biology: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In the Widen lab, Amy utilizes advanced analytic methods and interdisciplinary approaches to evaluate the role of nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life to improve health and livelihood of mothers and children. Amy’s doctoral work focuses on translational research that examines prenatal clinical nutrition practices and national guideline efficacy to improve outcomes for mothers and children affected by high-risk pregnancies, particularly obesity or twin gestations.

Nichols AR, Rundle AG, Factor-Litvak P, Insel BJ, Hoepner L, Rauh V, Perera F, Widen EM. Prepregnancy obesity is associated with lower psychomotor development scores in boys at age 3 in a low-income, minority birth cohort. J Dev Orig Health Dis. Feb 2020, 11:49-57. https://doi.org/10.1017/S2040174419000412

Widen EM, Nichols AR, Kahn LG, Factor-Litvak P, Insel BJ, Hoepner L, Dube SM, Rauh V, Perera F, Rundle A. Prepregnancy obesity is associated with cognitive outcomes in boys in a low-income, multiethnic birth cohort. BMC Pediatrics. Dec 2019, 19:507. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-019-1853-4

Nichols AR, Hedderson M, Xu F, Widen EM. Increasing Prepregnancy Obesity Is Associated with Large-for-Gestational Age Infants Among a Diverse, Contemporary Cohort (P11-018-19). Curr Dev Nutr. 2019 Jun 13;3(Supplement 1). https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzz048.P11-018-19

Graduate School Continuing Fellowship 2020-2021, The University of Texas at Austin

Jean Hankin Nutritional Epidemiology Research Grant, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

Predoctoral Fellowship, American Society for Nutrition

Graduate Dean’s Prestigious Fellowship Supplement, The Graduate School, The University of Texas at Austin

Professional Development Award, Department of Nutritional Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin

Invited Talks

Nichols AR. Increasing prepregnancy obesity is associated with large-for-gestational age infants. The University of Texas at Austin. November 2019. Austin, TX.

Nichols AR. Weight trajectory effects in high-risk pregnancies: Maternal obesity and twin gestations. The University of Texas at Austin. April 2019. Austin, TX.

Poster Presentations

Nichols AR, Bukowski R, Rathouz PJ, Urban T, Foster SF, Rickman R, Widen EM. Increasing prepregancy obesity class in twin pregnancy is associated with decreased gestational weight gain. The Society for Epidemiologic Research. December 2020. Boston, MA.

Nichols AR, Bukowski R, Rathouz PJ, Urban T, Foster SF, Rickman R, Widen EM. Increasing prepregancy obesity class in twin pregnancy is associated with decreased gestational weight gain. The Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research. December 2020. Boston, MA.

Widen EM, Nichols AR, Xu F, Hedderson M. Weight loss, stability and low weight gain during pregnancy among women with obesity are associated with preterm birth and smaller neonatal size. The Society for Epidemiologic Research. December 2020. Boston, MA.

Widen EM, Nichols AR, Xu F, Hedderson M. Weight loss, stability and low weight gain during pregnancy among women with obesity are associated with preterm birth and smaller neonatal size. The Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research. December 2020. Boston, MA.

Nichols AR. Effects of maternal weight trajectory in high-risk pregnancies: Maternal obesity. University of Texas at Austin Department of Nutritional Sciences Research Retreat. January 2020. Austin, TX.

Nichols AR, Hedderson M, Xu F, Widen E. Increasing prepregnancy obesity is associated with large-for gestational age infants among a diverse, contemporary cohort. Nutrition 2019, American Society for Nutrition. June 2019. Baltimore, MD.

Widen E, Nichols AR, Grewal J, Daniels M. Pregnancy weight trajectories and neonatal adiposity in the NICHD Fetal Growth Studies. International Symposium on Diabetes, Hypertension, Metabolic Syndrome and Pregnancy. May 2019. Florence, Italy.

Nichols AR. Maternal weight trajectory effects in high-risk pregnancies: Maternal obesity and twin gestations. University of Texas at Austin Department of Nutritional Sciences Research Retreat. August 2018. Austin, TX.

Nichols AR, Rundle A. Factor-Litvak P, Insel B, Hoepner L, Rauh V, Perera F, Widen E. Maternal prepregnancy obesity is associated with lower psychomotor development scores in boys at age 3. University of Texas at Austin Department of Nutritional Sciences Research Retreat. January 2018. Austin, TX.