Ruth Williams-Hooker

Ruth Williams-Hooker

MS, RD, EdD

How long have you been a member of MAND? 

Since 1983

Why did you join MAND? 

To network and attend CEUs

How has membership in MAND been of value to you and your practice? 

I have been on the board several times and this has helped me network with others and share in policy making.  It has made my practice better.

Tell us about yourself, your job, and what you find most interesting about your job

I am the director of the Clinical Nutrition Masters/ Dietetic Internship at UM.  The most interesting thing about my job is probably doing research and learning new things. But what I like best is helping the interns.  About me, I was on the WOF in 2007.

How did you get into this field? 

I was majoring in Home Ec and took a nutrition class.  I loved the WIC idea and that got me interested in Nutrition.

Biography 

Ruth worked at St Jude for 19 years as the Director of Clinical Nutrition Services before going to UM in 2008.  She had been working with students while at ST Jude and really wanted to work more with them. She went back to school in 1995 to get her EdD which she finished in 2001 just so she could have this job.

Please list a few of your most recent accomplishments. 

Published a paper in the J of Obesity and Weight Management last month. Received the $5,000 PNPG grant to do a sickle cell vitamin E research this summer.

Aside from your professional career, what would you like MDDA members to know about you?

I love dogs and have 4.  I have one daughter and 2 grandkids who are the love of my life.  I like to camp, swim, and shop.