Heather J. Leidy, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, School of Medicine at the University of Missouri. Dr. Leidy received her BS in Biology from Shippensburg University and taught junior-high biology in the Pennsylvania public school system for several years.
She then went on to complete her MS and PhD in Physiology at Penn State University as well as a Post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Foods & Nutrition and the Ingestive Behavior Research Center at Purdue University. As a nutritional physiologist, she incorporate a ‘pipet to dinner-plate’ approach by examining the ingestive (eating) behavior signals by which the consumption of dietary protein improves weight management. This line of research has led to the development of novel dietary strategies and recommendations for the prevention and/or treatment of obesity across the lifespan. Specific focus areas include the effects of protein quantity, quality, and timing of consumption on appetite control, satiety, and weight management. She has over 50 publications and has given over 100 invited research talks in this area. She has recently completed several studies exploring the benefits of consuming a protein-rich breakfast to improve appetite and glycemic control, reduce unhealthy evening snacking, and prevent fat gain. Her funding has included both industry support and NIH.