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Carla Miller

Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Professor, COPH - Hlt Beh & Hlt Promotion

Program Area: Human Nutrition

(614) 292-1391
miller.4453@osu.edu

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Biography

Carla Miller is professor of Human Nutrition in the Department of Human Sciences. Her research is informed by her years working as a clinical dietitian with patients with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. 

She completed her doctoral training at Pennsylvania State University and initiated a research program in intervention science to understand how and why people make nutrition-related behavior changes. She served on the faculty at The University of North Carolina Greensboro and Penn State University. During her tenure at Penn State University, she served as the associate director of the Penn State Diabetes Center.  Miller joined the faculty at OSU in 2007. 

She serves as the associate director for the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Nutrition at OSU and teaches courses in nutrition education and behavior change and research design. Miller is a fellow in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of the OSU Food Innovation Center, the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness and the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. 

Education

  • PhD, Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University, 1997

Research Summary

Miller's research focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of behavioral interventions for the prevention or management of diabetes among adults using theoretical models of change. She strives to understand techniques which promote dietary change and the inter-relationship among those techniques and health to develop more effective interventions. The link between intervention content with theory is examined to better understand causal mechanisms of change.

Selected Publications

  • Miller CK, Bauman J. (2014) Goal setting: An integral component of effective diabetes care. Current Diabetes Reports; 14:509. DOI: 10.1007/s11892-014-0509-x.
  • Miller CK, Kristeller JL, Headings A, Nagaraja H. (2014) Comparison of a mindful eating intervention to a diabetes self-management intervention among adults with type 2 diabetes: A randomized controlled trial. Health Education and Behavior; 41:145-154.
  • Miller CK, Kristeller JL, Headings A, Nagaraja H, Miser WF. (2012) Comparative effectiveness of a mindful eating intervention to a diabetes self-management intervention among adults with type 2 diabetes: A pilot study. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 112:1835-1842.
  • Miller CK, Headings A, Peyrot M, Nagaraja H. (2012) Goal difficulty and goal commitment affect adoption of a lower glycemic index diet in adults with type 2 diabetes. Patient Education and Counseling; 86:84-90.
  • Miller CK, Headings A, Peyrot M, Nagaraja H. (2011) A behavioral intervention incorporating specific glycemic index goals improves dietary quality, weight control and glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Public Health Nutrition; 14:1303-1311.
  • Gutschall MD, Miller CK, Mitchell DC, Lawrence F. (2009) A randomized behavioral trial targeting glycemic load improves dietary, weight, and metabolic outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes. Public Health Nutrition; 12:1846-1854.
  • Miller CK, Gutschall M, Mitchell DC. (2009) Change in food choices following a glycemic load intervention in adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of the American Dietetic Association; 109:319-324.
  • Miller CK, Gutschall M. (2009) A randomized trial about glycemic index and glycemic load improves outcomes among adults with type 2 diabetes. Health Education & Behavior; 36:615-626.
  • Beverly EA, Miller CK, Wray LA. (2008) Spousal support and food-related behavior change in middle-aged and older adults living with type 2 diabetes. Health Education & Behavior; 35:707-720.
  • Savoca MR, Miller CK, Quandt SA. (2004) Profiles of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus; The extremes of glycemic control. Social Science & Medicine; 58:2655-2666.
  • Savoca MR, Miller CK, Ludwig DA. (2004) Food habits are related to glycemic control among people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of the American Dietetic Association; 104:560-566.
  • Miller CK, Edwards L, Kissling G, Sanville L. (2002) Evaluation of a theory-based nutrition intervention for older adults with diabetes mellitus. Journal of the American Dietetic Association; 102:1069-1074, 1079-1081.
  • Miller CK, Edwards L, Kissling G, Sanville L. (2002) Nutrition education improves metabolic outcomes among older adults with diabetes mellitus: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine; 34:252-259.