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Jackie Maurer Abbot, PhD, RD Back  

Jackie Maurer Abbot, PhD, RD, completed a bachelor's degree in food science and human nutrition from the University of Maine in 2000. Immediately following graduation she moved to Tucson, Arizona, to start work on her graduate degrees in nutritional sciences at the University of Arizona. It was at this time that Jackie took over project coordination of the Combined Events Athlete Development project working with elite American USA track and field athletes. Jackie completed her master's degree in 2001 and then completed a dietetic internship at the University Medical Center in Tucson, in May 2003. Immediately following her internship, Jackie returned to school as a graduate student and received her doctoral degree in nutritional sciences with a minor in physiology in May 2005. Jackie is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship in nutritional sciences at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Throughout her career Jackie has worked on research studies looking at the effects of exercise and hormone replacement therapy on bone mineral density in postmenopausal women (the BEST Study) and provided nutrition education to participants in a weight-loss study, Healthy Weight 4 Life (HW4L). As mentioned above, Jackie is project coordinator for the Nutritional Assessment Division of the Combined Events Development Project, supported by USA Track and Field. In addition to her work with the combined events athletes, Jackie has worked with the College of Agriculture, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Cooperative Extension on outreach nutrition education.

She has also provided volunteer nutrition consulting for athletes at the University of Arizona and community presentations on sports nutrition to local running groups like Team in Training. Jackie has reviewed and contributed to several sports nutrition publications and research articles. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the Sports, Cardiovascular Nutritionists and Weight Management Dietetic Practice Groups of the American Dietetic Association. Ms. Maurer was recently selected as one of Arizona's Registered Young Dietitians of the Year for 2004.

On a personal note, Jackie was an avid runner and was a competitive distance runner from junior high school through college. She continues to enjoy running today and added hiking to her hobbies after living in Arizona.

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