Gabrielle (Brie) Turner-McGrievy, RD PhD

Asst. Professor, HealthPromotion/Edu./Behavior,
U. of S. Carolina

Gabrielle (Brie) Turner-McGrievy, RD PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the University of South Carolina Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior.  In 2000, she became a Registered Dietitian, and received her Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Alabama.  She went on to work in the area of clinical research for four years before pursuing her doctoral degree in nutrition and postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Brie’s research focuses on behavioral interventions for weight loss, and the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.  She has published research on the use of emerging technologies for weight loss and health promotion.  In particular, her research has focused on the use of podcasting and social media to deliver behavioral weight loss interventions.  Her research has combined this audio delivery method with other mobile enhancements, including prompting and social support delivered via Twitter, and use of diet monitoring apps for internet-capable mobile devices.  Brie’s work has also focused on plant-based dietary approaches for chronic disease prevention and treatment among adults.  She recently completed two randomized trials examining various plant-based eating styles, one among women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the other among overweight and obese adults.

Brie has received several awards during her nutrition career, including the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year award in 2004, the 2005 Lydia J. Roberts Memorial Scholarship in Public Health Nutrition from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Excellence in Research Award for 2007, and the Pat Simons Award from The Obesity Society in 2012.  She also was a recipient of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group’s Research Grant.