The BRIE lab is led by Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, MS, RD. The BRIE lab focuses on areas of research related to nutrition and obesity and chronic diseases. Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy received her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Registered Dietitian credentials from the University of Alabama in 2000. She went on to work in the area of clinical research for four years before pursuing her doctoral degree. Dr. Turner-McGrievy completed her doctoral degree in nutrition and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health. Currently, she is an associate professor at the University of South Carolina in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior and is Deputy Director of the Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles.
Dr. Turner-McGrievy’s research focuses on behavioral interventions for weight loss and the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Dr. Turner-McGrievy has over 100 publications and has secured more than $3.5 million in grant funding. She has published research on the use of emerging technologies for weight loss and health promotion. In particular, her research has focused on the use of podcasting and social media to deliver behavioral weight loss interventions. Her research has combined these delivery methods with other mobile enhancements, including the use of diet monitoring apps for smartphones. Dr. Turner-McGrievy’s work has also focused on plant-based dietary approaches for chronic disease prevention and treatment among adults. She has completed three randomized trials examining various plant-based eating styles, one among women with polycystic ovary syndrome, one among overweight and obese adults, and one among adults at risk of having chronic inflammation. Currently, Dr. Turner-McGrievy is the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health R01 randomized trial that partners with local vegan soul food restaurants and chefs to help deliver a two-year intervention targeting reduction of cardiovascular disease risk among African Americans.
She has received several awards during her nutrition career, including the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year award in 2004, the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Early Career Investigator Award for 2016, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Excellence in Weight Management Outcomes Research Award for 2017. In 2018, she was inducted as Fellow to the Obesity Society.