Graduate Students

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Rachel Barich

Rachel Barich is currently a fifth year pursuing a special major in nutritional science with a dual minor in public health and health and wellness at the University at Buffalo. She plans to continue her studies in Canada to pursue a professional career in dietetics as a registered dietitian. She hopes to eventually achieve her masters in Public Health as well. Barich is also the team captain of the University at Buffalo women’s distance running program (cross-country and track). She also tutors nutrition, enjoys hiking, cooking, biking and writing in her spare time. 

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Amanda Crandall, PhD Candidate

Crandall is currently a PhD candidate in Community Health and Health Behavior. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Honors Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed her Master’s degree in Psychological Science at Montana State University. She is a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Her current research interests include the effects of scarcity on the development of eating behavior, adolescent dieting behaviors, stress, and social influences on health behavior. She is also a mother and enjoys spending time outside and hiking with her family.   

Lori Hatzinger

Lori Hatzinger is a recent exercise science graduate from UB. She is now working towards her Masters in Nutrition and Masters of Professional Science in Data Analytics. Outside of school and working in then Nutrition and Health Research Lab, she enjoys adventures, cooking, and exercising. Lori hopes to promote health and wellness throughout her career.

Tegan Mansouri

Tegan Mansouri is pursuing her PhD in Exercise and Nutrition Science at UB. She is currently investigating eating behaviors in EMS night shift workers. She received her Bachelor's degree in Dietetics from SUNY Oneonta and Master's degree in Exercise Science from UB. She is a Registered Dietitian and hopes to pursue a career promoting nutrition, health, and wellness. Her hobbies involve all things related to food and fitness.

Amanda Ziegler.

Amanda Ziegler, Project Coordinator

Ziegler has been the project coordinator for the Nutrition and Health Research Lab since July 2010. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Community Health and Health Behavior at UB, where she is passionate about childhood obesity and eating behavior research. Her current study is investigating the elements of adolescent eating autonomy and how they may be related to health. She is also a graduate of UB's Master of Public Health program and Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing program (BSN) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University at Rochester. She enjoys creating and eating tasty meals and in her spare time she also enjoys cycling, playing soccer and traveling.