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Elizabeth Ruder

PAMI: Physician Assistant Motivational Interviewing + Health Literacy to Enhance Health of Breast
By: Dr. Elizabeth Ruder

Dr. Liz Ruder is an Associate Professor in the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition at the Rochester Institute of Technology where she serves as a director of the B.S. degrees in Dietetics and Nutrition and Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Ruder received her B.S. with honors in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and completed her training to become a Registered Dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She obtained her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University and then completed a post-doctoral Cancer Prevention Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. As part of that Fellowship, she obtained her MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University. Previously, Dr. Ruder served as Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Pittsburgh (2012-2015) and as an adjunct faculty member Master's Degree Program in Cancer Biology, Prevention and Control offered by the University of District of Columbia/Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Ruder's work in cancer prevention has been published in journals including Cancer Causes and Control, Carcinogenesis, and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Since coming to RIT, Dr. Ruder has grown her research focus to encompass community-engaged scholarship. She has obtained external funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to explore the use of financial incentives to promote fresh fruits and vegetable purchases among SNAP-shoppers in Monroe County and has obtained funding from the New York State Department of Health to collaborate with the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester to enhance the communication skills of health care providers treating survivors of breast cancer.

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December 14, 2021
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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