Melissa Davis Gutschall

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Davis Gutschall
Associate Professor
PhD, Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
574 Leon Levine Hall


Dr. Gutschall is an Associate Professor in Nutrition and Foods and Director of the Graduate Program in Nutrition at Appalachian State University. She has taught nutrition for 12 years at the undergraduate and graduate levels, served as the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics for 5 years, published a companion textbook for use with the introductory nutrition course, and serves as the Faculty Internship Coordinator for senior dietetics students. Dr. Gutschall received the 2012 Inaugural College of Health Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, and the 2016 Beaver College of Health Sciences Research Award. She was selected as the Outstanding Dietetics Educator for 2014 by the North Carolina Dietetics Association, and for the Chancellor’s Inaugural Class of the Academic Leadership Development Program in 2015.  Dr. Gutschall has been a registered dietitian for 17 years, and she continues to practice clinically on an interdisciplinary team providing care for children with special needs in the Appalachian Region. She has served with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library and Simulation Task Force.  Dr. Gutschall's research experience includes nutrition education for behavior change and maintenance with rural-dwelling patients; she serves as a mentor for 6 graduate student research projects each year. She has authored and coauthored several publications and presentations in this area, including recent national, regional and state-level presentations. Her current research agenda is aimed at using her experience to improve the curriculum for future nutrition professionals and to bridge the gap between food insecurity and chronic illness in the rural population of Watauga County. When Dr. Gutschall is not working, she is likely on a field somewhere watching one of her boys “Play Ball”!


  • PhD, Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, 2006
  • MS, Nutrition, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • Registered Dietitian (RD), 2001, Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • BS, Nutrition, The Pennsylvania State University, 1999

Current Courses Being Taught

  • NUT 2202 Nutrition and Health
  • NUT 4552/5552 Medical Terminology
  • NUT 4553 Medical Language for Health Professionals
  • NUT 4600 Professional Development
  • NUT 4900 Undergraduate Internship
  • NUT 5205 Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • NUT 5999 Thesis Research

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors
  • North Carolina Dietetic Association

Research Interests

  • Theory-based nutrition education programs for behavior change and maintenance among rural dwelling patients.

Selected Publications

  • Gutschall MD, Thompson KL. Getting Started: Designing and Using the Standardized Patient for Simulation Experiences. NDEP-LINE, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Newsletter for Dietetic Educators and Preceptors. 2017 (Summer): 4-10.
  • Gutschall MD, Thompson KL, Lawrence E. Addressing Health Disparities in Rural Nutrition Practice: A Qualitative Model from Rural Appalachia. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2017 (6): 1-16.
  • Crowe-White, K., Parrott, J. S., Stote, K. S., Gutschall, M. D., Davies, S. B., Droke, E., O'Neil, C. E., Wolfram, T. & Ziegler, P. Metabolic Impact of 100% Fruit Juice Consumption on Antioxidant/Oxidant Status and Lipid Profiles of Adults: An Evidence-Based Review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 2017; 57(1):152-162.
  • Crowe-White, K, O'Neil, CE, Parrott, JS, Davies, SB, Droke, E, Gutschall, MD, Stote, KS, Wolfram, T, & Ziegler, P. Impact of 100% Fruit Juice Consumption on Diet and Weight Status of Children: An Evidence-based Review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 2016; 56(2): 871-884.
  • Thompson KL, Gutschall MD. The Time is Now: A Blueprint for Simulation in Dietetics Education. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2015; 115(2): 183-194.
  • Thompson KL, Silver C, Pivonka E, Gutschall MD, McAnulty L. Fruit- and Vegetable-Focused Grocery Store Tour Training Kit and Grant to Promote Peer-on-Peer Nutrition Education Utilizing Nutrition and Dietetics Students. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015; 47(5):472-6. 
  • Marchetti, JM, Gutschall, MD, Thompson, KL, & McAnulty, L. Counseling Strategies to Improve Nutrition Care for Rural Appalachian Patients. In Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2015; 115(9): A13.
  • Gutschall, MD. Service-Learning in a Dietetics Program. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Twenty Examples, Part 1. 2015; 7:62-68. 
  • Gutschall, MD. Service-Learning in a Dietetics Program. Academic Exchange Quarterly. 2014 18(1).
  • Gutschall, MD. Course Design: Nutrition Education and Counseling. Designing Better Learning website, Dee Fink and Associates, available at: October, 2013
  • Gutschall MD, Settle JR. Changes in Food Choices of Rural Preadolescent and Adolescent Children Following a Theory-Based After-School Nutrition Intervention. Top Clin Nut. Fall, 2013.
  • Gutschall MD, Onega LL. Engaging Students in Interdisciplinary Research. NDEP-LINE. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Spring, 2013.
  • Gutschall MD, Onega LL, Wright W. Patients' Perspectives about Dietary Maintenance in Type 2 Diabetes. Top Clin Nut. 2011; 26(3): 180-189.
  • Gutschall MD, Miller CK, Mitchell, DC, Lawrence, F. A randomized behavioural trial targeting glycaemic index improves dietary, weight and metabolic outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes. Pub Health Nutr. 2009; 12 (10):1846-1854.
  • Miller CK, Gutschall MD, Holloman C. Self-Monitoring Predicts Fiber Intake and Weight Loss in Adults with Diabetes Following an Intervention Regarding Glycemic Index. Patient Educ Couns. 2009; 76(2):213-9.
  • Miller CK, Gutschall MD, Mitchell, DC. Change in Food Choices Following a Glycemic Load Intervention in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109(2):319-324.
  • Miller CK, Gutschall MD. A randomized trial about glycemic index and glycemic load improves outcomes among adults with type 2 diabetes. Health Educ Behav. 2009;36(3):615-26.
  • Miller CK, Gutschall MD, Lawrence, F. The Development of Self-efficacy and Outcome Expectation Measures Regarding Glycaemic Load and the Nutritional Management of Type 2 Diabetes. Pub Health Nutr. 2007; 10 (6): 628-34.
  • Davis MS, Miller CK. Educational Needs Regarding the Glycemic Index in Diabetes Management. Top Clin Nutr. 2006; 21: 17-25.