Meet our team


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Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, MS, RD
Scientific Advisor

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James Hébert, ScD
Scientific Advisor

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Lynae Beresford MS RD LD
Director

 

 

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Casey McCurry
Program Coordinator

 


 

Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, MS, RD
Scientific Advisor

brie_twiiter_circleBrie 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.  Brie 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 assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior.

Brie’s research focuses on behavioral interventions for weight loss and the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Brie 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 this audio delivery method with other mobile enhancements including prompting and social support delivered via Twitter and use of diet monitoring apps for internet-capable mobile devices. Brie’s work has also focused on plant-based dietary approaches for chronic disease prevention and treatment among adults.

She has received several awards during her nutrition career including the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year award in 2004, the 2005 Lydia J. Roberts Memorial Scholarship in Public Health Nutrition from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Excellence in Research Award for 2007, and the Pat Simons Award from The Obesity Society in 2012.

 


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James Hébert, ScD
Scientific Advisor

Dr. James Hebert is a Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina, as well as a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, a Professor of Epidemiology at the Medical University of South Carolina, a Professor of Community Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, and the Director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program. He received his AB in biology from Boston University in 1971, his diploma in international education from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1979, his MSPH in environmental health from the University of Washington in 1980 and his ScD in nutritional epidemiology from Harvard University in 1984.


Lynae Beresford MS RD LD

Director

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Lynae Beresford is a 2006 Graduate of the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of business. She grew up in Papillion, NE and made her way to South Carolina as a member of the USC Gamecock Volleyball team. After school she went on to have success as a personal trainer running her own business and working for Gold’s Gym, but she decided she wanted to focus on nutrition and advance her career. She went on to obtain her Masters in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University and completed her dietetic internship through SC DHEC in 2013 to become a registered dietitian. Lynae was previously working as clinical dietitian in the ICU at Palmetto Health Baptist before joining the Cancer Prevention and Control Program and Columbia’s Cooking. Along with Columbia’s Cooking, Lynae and a business partner have started their own private practice this year called Choose Health Nutrition. She is excited to be a part of Columbia’s Cooking and is looking forward to reaching the community and sharing her knowledge of nutrition through hands on cooking and food.

 

 


Casey McCurry
Program Coordinator

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Casey McCurry is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Originally from Orangeburg, South Carolina, Casey has always had a passion for cooking and nutrition. Learning the evidence behind the nutrition guidelines at Columbia’s Cooking and seeing how a whole food, plant-based diet can reduce risk of chronic diseases has instilled an even greater passion in her for sharing this knowledge with her community. A lover of all things Carolina, cooking and being outdoors, Casey finds herself in the perfect position at Columbia’s Cooking and is so excited to see what kind of impact Columbia’s Cooking can make in Columbia.