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May 2012May 2015

Bachelor of Science

The University of Alabama

Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Aug 2006Dec 2009

Bachelor of Science

Belmont University

Graduated Cum Laude

Work experience

May 2014Apr 2015

Coordinated Program in Dietetics

The University of Alabama, supervised practices
  • Conducted nutrition screens and assessments in clinical, community, and long-term care settings
  • Created diet education tools to aid in patient education
  • Assisted in teaching an outpatient diabetes education class
  • Performed diet educations with inpatients
  • Planned and presented in-services to food service employees
  • Professional Development Activities: DCH Health System Leadership forum, Crestwood Medical Center ALS clinic, Huntsville Hospital Wellness Center bariatric surgery education classes and support groups, Walker County Health Fair, FNCE 2014, ALDA annual meeting 2015, RD Day 2015
May 2013Aug 2014

Child Life Volunteer

Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children
  • Welcomed new pediatric patients and attended to current patients
  • Assisted hospital staff to meet patient dietary and recreational needs
  • Organized and maintained Child Life playrooms
Dec 2013Aug 2014

Food Pantry Volunteer

Inside-Out Ministries
  • Created food bags and packages to meet client nutritional needs
  • Recorded inventory, stocked, and organized pantry items
  • Distributed food and toiletry items to clients
Nov 2013Jun 2014

Food Preparation and Service Volunteer

Downtown Rescue Mission
  • Aided kitchen manager in lunch and dinner preparation
  • Participated in collecting food donations
  • Assisted in serving clients lunch, as needed
Jul 2010Aug 2012

Research Analyst

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, The Autism Treatment Network
  • Screened families for study enrollment
  • Tracked follow-up of returning enrolled participants
  • Assisted in scheduling and coordinating appointments in medical and behavioral clinics 
  • Created a new site database
  • Entered and verified data into study site database and online sponsor databases
  • Trained new research assistants
  • Conducted and assisted psychologists with behavioral assessments (Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale, Stanford Binet- abbreviated, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test)
Oct 2011Mar 2012

Applied Behavior Analysis Tutor

Private Residence
  • Implemented structured play activities into child's routine
  • Planned activities prior to each session
  • Recorded data from each session to track and analyze child's progress
  • Regularly met with child's team of tutors to discuss structured activity techniques and ideas for improvement
Jan 2009Apr 2009


Mental Health Cooperative
  • Shadowed case managers on patient visits
  • Recorded patient data into company database
  • Reviewed patient and case manager paperwork
  • Answered and directed incoming clinic phone calls


Dianne Lollar, MPH, RD, LD

Nutrition Director, Area 1 for the Alabama Department of Public Health

Laurie Clifton, RD, LD

Clinical Nutrition Manager, Princeton Baptist Health System

Sarah Rolston, MS, RD, LD

Clinical Dietitian, Northport Medical Center


Jul 2015Aug 2016

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Commission on Dietetic Registration
Feb 2013Feb 2018

ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification

National Restaurant Association


  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, student member, August 2013 - Present
  • Student Dietetic Association - University of Alabama, September 2014 - May 2015
  • Psi Chi International Honors Society, Inducted December 2008
  • Alpha Gamma Delta, women's fraternity, Joined August 2007

Other Volunteer Experience

  • Families First Program, disability childcare, September 2010-May 2012
  • Judson Baptist Church Awana Club Leader, assistant teacher, August 2011-May 2012
  • Ignite Missions, Honduras Trip, missionary, August 2011
  • Stone Soup at Judson Baptist Church, disability childcare, October 2010-April 2011
  • Catholic Charities, tutor, August - December 2008
  • Vanderbilt Family Day for Juvenile Diabetes, activity teaching booth, 2007, 2008, & 2009
  • Mission Discovery Missions Program, Mexico Trip, missionary, June 2007

Research Experience


Kanne S, Mazurek M, Sikora D, Bellando J, Freedman B, Handen B, Katz T, Leuthe E, Powell P, Vickstrom J, Walters L, Warren Z. Initial Psychometric Properties of the Autism Impact Measure (AIM): A New Tool for Treatment Outcome Measurement. Presented at the 2012 International Meeting for Autism Research. Toronto, Canada.


Collins, J., Dever M., Foreman, L., Grosch, C., Prescott, D., Taylor, L. Food perception of low-income individuals and its impact on the purchasing and consumption habits of healthy and unhealthy foods: A review. Poster presented at the Alabama Dietetic Association annual meeting, Montgomery, AL, 2015.

Vickstrom J., Brown S.R., Yandell L. Accuracy of identifying criminal mug shots in relation to conscientiousness. Southeastern Psychological Association Convention, New Orleans, LA, February 2009.



Vickstrom J., & Yandell, L. Accuracy of identifying criminal mug shots in relation to conscientiousness. Belmont Science Undergraduate Research Symposium, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, April 2008.

Brown, S., Henning, A., & Vickstrom, J. Sleep and dreams. Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, December 2009.

Boone, K., Gorman, K., Thompson, L., Vickstrom, J., & Yandell, L.The effects of auditory versus visual processing on explicit memory. Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, December 2009.


Clinical Nutrition, Wellness, Nutritional Genomics


To become an effective advocate for nutrition awareness through community outreach and education as a practicing professional in the field of dietetics.


"Outstanding Dietetic Intern", 2015,   Alabama Dietetic Association