Jay Sutliffe, PhD, RD; Director of the PRANDIAL Lab. Associate Professor of Nutrition & Foods, Northern Arizona University. Research interests are related to: disease prevention and reversal using non-invasive lifestyle practices, wellness across the lifespan, and lifestyle habits of college students. In addition to his academic experience he has years of experience in community and residential-based health promotion programs; and broad experience working with athletes and those interested in wellness. Jay is also a Registered Dietitian.


   Administrative Assistant

Julia Gardner, BS, CHES; Administrative Assistant of the PRANDIAL Lab, Northern Arizona University. Julia is a graduate from NAU majoring in Public Health. She is  currently enrolled in a Masters of Public Health program at the University of Arizona. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a DPP Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach and is working on a Wellcoaching Certificate. Her interests in nutrition research started with encouraging a plant rich diet among University and Hospital employees.

Research staff and partners

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Alison Adams, PhD. Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University. Dr. Adams is a NAU Biology Associate Professor specializing in microbiology. She is actively performing research for both microbiology and for teaching Biology.



Robby Barbaro. Cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and founder of Mindful Diabetic. Robby Barbaro was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12 and has been living this lifestyle since 2006. In that time, while eating pounds of fruit every day, his HbA1c value has never exceeded 6.4%, and his blood glucose has been stable and easy to manage. Robby graduated from the University of Florida. He worked at Forks Over Knives for six years before turning his attention in 2016 to coaching people with diabetes full time. Robby enjoys exercising every day, spending time with friends, and sharing his lifestyle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Roger Bounds, PhD, CCD. Professor & Vice Provost for Academic Personnel, Northern Arizona University. Roger Bounds has been a member of the Northern Arizona University Health Sciences faculty since 2001. Roger earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University with an emphasis in Allied Health Education. His general research and practice interests lie primarily in promoting physical activity across the lifespan to include both community-based interventions and facilitating individual sport performance and wellness. He has additional degrees in Exercise Physiology (Master of Science) and Sport Management/Outdoor Education (Bachelor of Science). 

Dierdra Bycura, Ed.D. Northern Arizona University. Dr. Bycura has been a member of the Northern Arizona University Health Sciences faculty since 2006 and currently serves as the lead faculty for the Fitness Wellness program.  She earned her B.S. in Exercise Science and M.P.E. in Secondary Physical Education and Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Exercise Psychology. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Physiologist and a Certified Personal Trainer. Additionally, she serves as chair of a national committee with the American College of Sports Medicine for Credentialing (2004 - present).

Mary Jo Carnot, PhD. Professor of Psychological Sciences, Chadron State College. Mary Jo Carnot has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Experimental Psychology from The Ohio State University. She is currently a professor at Chadron State College, and teaches many courses within the psychological science program, with a focus on research methods and statistics.



Tricia Fortin, MPH, Health Educator and Wellness Program Coordinator, Employee Assistance and Wellness. Northern Arizona University. Tricia promotes health and wellness among university employees and their families and is honored to be a co-investigator with the CCDP nutrition studies. Her professional interests include public health, international nutrition, and plant based eating and cooking.


Joel Fuhrman, MD. President and research director of the Nutritional Research Foundation.
 Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board-certified family physician, best-selling author and nutritional researcher, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. He has been an active family medicine clinician for over 25 years. Dr. Fuhrman has been involved professionally with sports medical committees, advised professional and Olympic athletes, and lectures to athletic trainers and world-class athletes for maximizing performance and preventing injury. Today, he devotes considerable time to educating other physicians at medical conferences for CME credit. 

Michelle Gorman, RD. Program Manager, Wellness & lifepath, Northern Arizona Healthcare. Michelle Gorman currently works as a program manager, lifepath and Wellness for Northern Arizona Healthcare.  She is a Primary Investigator on the Community Chronic Disease Prevention Study with Northern Arizona Healthcare and Northern Arizona University.
Gorman earned a bachelor’s degree in food science nutrition from Northern Arizona University. She received her Plant-Based Nutrition Certification from eCornell and is passionate about sharing the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet.


Jenny Gormley, BS. Nutrition Educator, Northern Arizona University. Jenny is a recent graduate of NAU majoring in Fitness and Wellness. She is passionate about Nutrition and Public Health, seeking to apply to a Master's program within the state of Arizona. She provides the NAU student athletes with nutrition guidance to help them achieve their performance goals.

Humaira Jamshed, PhD, MSc, BSc; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Humaira is interested in clinical and translation studies of nutrition and cardiometabolic disorders. She has conducted multiples studies investigating the cardiometabolic effects of consuming almonds, and is currently involved in research exploring the effects of a meal timing intervention called time-restricted feeding on 24-hour glucose levels, fasting biomarkers, and genes related to the circadian clock and cardiometabolic health.

Vic Johnson, BS. Psychology, Brigham Young University. Vic is passionate about holistic health and nutrition. He has been an advocate for plant based eating for over ten years and loves helping people learn about better ways to fuel their bodies. He is seeking to apply to the Master of Public Health - Nutrition program at NAU, and wants to become a dietitian working with endurance and outdoor athletes. When he's not learning about the human body, you can find him playing in the mountains. He loves trail running, mountain biking, climbing, mountaineering and simply enjoying whatever this big blue planet has to offer. He competes regularly in trail races, ultra endurance events, and biking and triathlon competitions. He is currently helping NAU's student athletes understand how nutrition can help them achieve their athletic goals. 

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD. Cofounder of Mastering Diabetes. Cyrus Khambatta is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, then went on to educate hundreds of people with all forms of diabetes to reduce or reverse their insulin resistance through diet and exercise. Cyrus received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012.

Gigi Lopez, PhD. Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Northern Arizona University.
Prior to joining the faculty, she was a T32 post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California. She is a graduate of the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University.  She has a dual M.S. in Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University. She has 10 years of experience in health promotion research, much of which has focused on chronic disease prevention in the Latino community. Her research interests include the behavioral and social determinants of obesity and related diseases. In particular, Dr. Lopez examines the relationships among parenting behaviors within the family social unit, the home environment, and children’s dietary, physical activity, and sedentary behaviors (i.e., energy-balance behaviors).

Courtney Peterson, PhD, MASt, MS, MSc; Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Peterson conducts controlled feeding studies to test new dietary strategies to mitigate or reverse type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. She is particularly interested in time-restricted feeding, circadian rhythms, intermittent fasting, and nutrient-rich foods. Dr. Peterson also has expertise in mathematical modeling of body composition and of energy and carbohydrate metabolism.

Chloe Sutliffe, BS, LMT. Active Life Massage. Chloe knows her way around the kitchen. She is a self-taught whole foods chef who has owned and operated two vegan restaurants, taught many cooking classes and has a passion for health. Chloe continues to assist in local interventions by guiding participants in the practical application of dietary change and adherence. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Health from Clayton College of Natural Health and is a licensed massage therapist.She has carefully saved the many recipes she has used in her restaurants and cooking classes that were loved by her customers and cooking class students. These have been compiled into a cookbook that is hot off the presses, “Cooking with Chloe” sold on Amazon. She continues to educate herself in the natural health field and is currently working on a Wellcoaching certificate.


Wendy Wetzel, RN, MSN, FNP, AHN-BC. Northern Arizona University. Wendy concluded a 45 year career as a Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner in 2016.   She now brings her passion for plant based nutrition to the research arena.  She is a co-investigator of Nutritarian Women's Health Study, and participates in Community Chronic Disease Prevention and Lumberjack Performance Nutrition studies as well.  She is a Registered Yoga Teacher, avid quilter, and grandmother of twins. 





Additional Support Staff

Arron Shiffer. Northern Arizona University.

Shipra Bansal, MD. North Country Healthcare.