Dr. Sawyer-Morse has taught both online and in the traditional classroom setting for over 25 years. She is a Registered Dietitian by clinical training and holds a Master of Science in Nutrition and a PhD in Heath Education/Health Promotion from the University of Texas at Austin. Her career path has included running the largest home-delivered meals program in south Texas to directing a Community Health Education program in an urban hospital setting to teaching health leadership, community wellness and nutrition education and counseling at the university level to being a Health Management Director for one of the largest insurance companies in the US. In this position Dr. Sawyer-Morse had oversight for disease management and health and wellness programs utilized by hundreds of companies and managed a multi-million-dollar budget. This role also included the development of one of the first nationally delivered telehealth wellness coaching program. Dr. Sawyer-Morse has a passion for addressing hunger within communities and volunteers for local food banks and related programs.
University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D. in Health Education/Health Promotion)
University of Incarnate Word (M.S. in Nutrition)
Texas State University (B.A. in Psychology)
Dr. Sawyer-Morse teaches self-care: role modeling health behaviors.
Selected Presentations and Publications:
“Wait Until Dark: Night Eating Syndrome” 31st Annual National Institute of Wellness Conference, Stevens Point Wisconsin, July 2006
“Healthy Employees, Healthy Bottom Line” Health and Welfare Plan Management for Mid-Sized Employers June and Sept 2010
“What is Health Coaching” Texas Dietetic Association, April 2010
“Building the Basics for Effective Wellness Programs” National Sales Meeting, United Allied Resources, June 2012
“Evaluating Effectiveness of Worksite Wellness Program for Small Businesses” National Best Practices Meeting, United Health Group, July 2013
“Healthy, Happy, Hundred: Strategies for Living Well” South Texas Regional Human Resources Symposium, January 2017
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics