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Micaela Karlsen, M.S.P.H.

Micaela Karlsen, M.S.P.H.Specialties: Nutrition, plant-based and whole food nutrition, nutrition research, making sense of health news and behavior change strategy
Home base: Boston
Web site: www.micaelakarlsen.com; www.plantbasedresearch.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/plantbasedresearch
Twitter: twitter.com/micaelakarlsen
Instagram: www.instagram.com/micaelakarlsen

Micaela Karlsen is a recognized expert and respected speaker at some of the premier conferences on plant-based nutrition, including the Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference in San Diego, California, and the Plant-BasedA Plant-Based Life Prevention of Disease (PPOD) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the author of A Plant-Based Life (AMACOM Books. 2016), a strategic how-to guide for successful plant-based eating. Micaela currently serves on the Expert & Medical Advisory Board for the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference and the Board of Directors for PPOD. Under the supervision of T. Colin Campbell, she co-launched the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, now named the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, the world’s premier educational organization promoting plant-based nutrition. Micaela served as Executive Director through December 2012 and during her time in the position assisted in building and launching the TCC Certificate Program in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell Inc. She is a contributor to the New York Times bestselling book Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, the Forks Over Knives.jpgcompanion book to the movie of the same name.

Micaela is currently a doctoral fellow in Nutritional Epidemiology at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She holds a Master of Science and Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in Psychology from Cornell University. Her current research focuses on popular dietary patterns (vegan to Med diet to Paleo) and factors associated with continued successful adherence. She founded and maintains PlantBasedResearch.org, an online database of peer-reviewed, scientific research and other resources relevant to plant-based nutrition.

Suggested Topics

  • Moving Towards a Plant-Based Diet and Successfully Sticking with It: How to Make Dietary Change Permanent
    Behavior change, especially dietary change, can be challenging, but we do have evidence on what makes it easier to maintain. This talk summarizes the relevant research and provides practical strategies people can implement to make their dietary choices sustainable, graceful and easy.

  • How Do I Know What To Believe? A Road Map for Sifting through Health News
    There is much health news in the media that is based on real information but that has been taken out of context or distorted by the time it reaches the consumer. This talk is an interactive training to help consumers make sense of health news, particularly nutrition news.

  • Gluten-Free Diets: Fact, Fiction, and How To Eat GF Healthfully
    Gluten-free diets are becoming ever more popular as many consumers feel better avoiding wheat or gluten-containing foods. This talk clarifies what is known about gluten-free eating and offers easy steps for creating and maintaining a healthy, gluten-free diet and lifestyle.

  • An Evidence Review of Randomized Controlled Trials Using Plant-Based Nutrition
    While new research is continually published, the depth and breadth of evidence supporting the adoption of a plant-based diet is largely unknown. This presentation provides a thorough inventory of previous research, by topic and by study design, tallying the robust base of evidence and identifying knowledge gaps for future work.