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Mary Kaye Sawyer-Morse MS, PhD


About

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 Health 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.

Education:

  • The 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)

Classes Teaching:

Dr. Sawyer-Morse teaches self-care: role modeling healthy behaviors.

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

Professional Associations:

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics