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College of Public Health

Deborah L. Slawson

Deborah L. Slawson, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N.

Associate Professor and Chair,
DrPH Program Coordinator
Department of Community and Behavioral Health 
423-439-4592 /  
Room 310, Lamb Hall 


The University of Memphis, Ph.D. 
Major Area: Educational Research, Methodology, & Evaluation

Memphis State University, M.S. 
Major Areas: Dietetics and Research

Memphis State University, B.S. 
Undergraduate Major: Dietetics


  • PUBH 1010:  Lifetime Behaviors for Healthy Living
  • PUBH 3500: Consumer Health Education
  • PUBH 4377/5377:  Health Communication
  • PUBH 5200:  Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health
  • PUBH 6110:  Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health and Disease
  • PUBH 6150:  Evaluation Research in Public Health
  • PUBH 6210:  Health Assessment and Surveillance Research


School-based health promotion, evaluation and research; energy balance and obesity in childhood and adolescence


Slawson, D. College Students As Facilitators to Reduce Adolescent Obesity Disparity In Southern Appalachia. NIH-NIMHD, 2011-2013.

Slawson, D. Tennessee Coordinated School Health Evaluation. Tennessee Department of Education, 2005-2011

Schetzina, K., Slawson, D. Co-I. Combating Child Obesity and Diabetes in Northeast Tennessee: Winning with Wellness. Tennessee Center for Diabetes Prevention and Health Improvement, 2007-2008.

Slawson, D. Role of foods fortified with iron, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber in improving elementary school-aged children’s behavioral outcomes. Research Development Committee, 2008-2009.


Dalton, W. T., III, Schetzina, K., E., Pfortmiller, D. T., Slawson, D. L., & Frye, W. S. (2010).  Health behaviors and health-related quality of life among middle school children in Southern Appalachia: Data from the Winning with Wellness project.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Klesges, R. C., Obarzaneck, E., Kumanyika, S., Murray, D.M., Klesges, L. M., Relyea, G. E., Stockton, M.B., Lanctot, J.Q., Beech, B.M., McClanahan, B. S., Sherrill-Mittleman, D., Slawson, D. L. (2010).  The Memphis Girls health Enrichment Multi-site Studies (GEMS): An evaluation of the efficacy of a two-year obesity prevention intervention in African-American girls.  Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 164 (1):1007-1014.

McClanahan, B. S., Stockton, M.B., Lanctot, J.Q., Relyea G., Klesges, R. C., Slawson, D. L., Schilling, L. P. (2009). Measurement of body composition in 8-10-year-old African-American girls:  A comparison of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and foot-to-foot bioimpedance methods.  International Journal of Pediatric Obesity Feb 26:1-8.

Slawson, D.L. (2009).  Live the Diet:  Incorporating empathy and counseling effectiveness in dietetics education.  Article published in the Dep-Line: Newsletter for the Dietetic Educators of Practitioners Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association.

Slawson, D.L., Pack, R., Elolia, R., Austin, S. & Fair, J. (2009).  Tennessee Coordinated School Health Report 2007:  Executive Summary.  Report to the Tennessee Department of Education Office of Coordinated School Health.

Slawson, D.L., McClanahan, B.S., Clemens, L.H.E., Ward, K.D., Klesges, R.C., Vukadinovich, C.M., & Cantler, C.M. (2001).  Food sources of calcium in a sample of African-American and Euro-American collegiate athletes.  International Journal of Sport Nutrition 11:199-208.

Scarinci, I.C., Slawson, D.L., Watson, J.M., Klesges, R.C., & Murray, D.M. (2001).  Socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and health care access among young and healthy women.  Ethnicity and Disease 11:60-71.

Slawson, D.L., Clemens, L.H., & Bol, L. (2000).  Research and the clinical dietitian:  Perceptions of the research process, potential barriers to participation, and preferred routes to obtaining research skills.   Journal of the American Dietetic Association 100:1144-1148.

Clemens, L.H.E., Slawson, D.L., & Klesges, R.C. (1999).  The effect of "eating out" on quality of diet in premenopausal women.  Journal of the American Dietetic Association 99:442-444.

Eck, L.H., Slawson, D.L., Williams, R., Smith, K.R., Harmon-Clayton, K., & Oliver, D. (1998).  A model for making outcomes research standard practice in clinical dietetics.  Journal of the American Dietetic Association 98:451-457.

Slawson, D.L., & Eck, L.H. (1997).  Intense practice enhances accuracy of portion size estimation of amorphous foods.  Journal of the American Dietetic Association 97:295-297.


Playtime with my young son, and when there’s time, reading and pottery.


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