Sarah Couch

Sarah Collins Couch

Professor

French East

363B

CAHS Rehab, Exercise & Nutrition Science - 0394

Department of Rehabiliation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences/College of Allied Health
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0394

Professional Summary

I am a professor and registered dietitian in the Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center and have over 20 years of experience in performing observational and randomized controlled trials related to dietary approaches to manage cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in youth.  My training has included extensive work in dietary intervention development and dietary assessment at Columbia University, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and presently at UC.  I have worked on several studies developing instruments to assess the home food environment as a potential modifiable risk factor related to childhood obesity and CVD risk. For example, I participated as co-investigator on the Neighborhood Impact on Kids study (NIH R01 ES014240) to examine the relationship between the neighborhood social and physical enviornment on child weight status, a major risk factor for CVD.  I also recently completed a randomized clinical trial (NIH R01 HL088567-01) to examine the effects of a dietary pattern emphasizing fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy and lean protein on reducing blood pressure in adolescents with pre-hypertension and hypertension.  The DASH-4-teens intervention that I developed for this trial was designed to be administered by telephone to adolescents, and has been successfully implemented in a clinic-based setting.  Results from this study support beneficial effects of this behavioral nutrition intervention on blood pressure and vascular function.  In additional to reseach, I teach graduate classes in macronutrient metabolism, clinical nutrition and nutrition across the lifespan.

Education

Doctoral Degree, University of Connecticut 1996 (Nutritional Sciences)

Master's Degree, University of Connecticut 1988 (Nutritional Sciences)

Bachelor's Degree, Bowdoin College 1984 (Biology)

Research Support

Grant: #61479170-118911 / 15GRNT25680030 Investigators:Couch, Sarah 07-01-2015 -06-30-2017 American Heart Association - National Chapter On Line Intervention to Lower Cardiovascular Risk in Pediatric Heart Transplants Role:PI $3,000.00 Active Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #5-34495 / R01DK077949 Investigators:Couch, Sarah 04-15-2014 -03-31-2018 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SEARCH Nutrition Ancilary Study 2 (SNAS2) Role:PI $49,219.00 Active Level:Institution of Higher Education

Grant: #R01 HL 088567 Investigators:Couch, Sarah; Falciglia, Graciela; Levin, Linda 12-01-2007 -01-31-2014 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Modifying Dietary Behavior in Adolescents with Elevated Blood Pressure Role:PI $1,897,525.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #414470020101-UC01 Investigators:Couch, Sarah 10-01-2006 -07-31-2010 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Environment and Child Weight, Activity and Nutrition Role:PI $34,239.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #CHMC 473-M1 R01 ES104240-02 Investigators:Couch, Sarah 09-06-2005 -07-31-2006 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Child Weight Status and Neighborhood Physical Activity and Nutrition Environment Role:PI $10,797.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #AHA OVA 0355332 B Investigators:Couch, Sarah 07-01-2003 -06-30-2006 American Heart Association - Southwest Chapter Efficacy of a Nutrition Intervention Emphasizing Fruits, Vegetables and Dairy to Lower Blood Pressure in Adolescents Role:PI $103,333.00 Closed Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #9960400V-02-A0-S0-E0 Investigators:Couch, Sarah 07-01-1999 -06-30-2002 American Heart Association - Southwest Chapter Parental Control of Children's Diets Role:PI $58,930.00 Closed Level:Private Non-Profit

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Dandamundi A., Nommsen-Rivers LA, Tommie J, Couch SC (2018. )Dietary patterns and breast cancer: A systematic review. Anticancer Research, ,38 ,3209 -3222

The, N S; King, I B; Couch, S C; Crandell, J L; Dabelea, D; Liese, A D; Mayer-Davis, E J (2017. )Plasma trans-palmitoleic acid is associated with cardio-metabolic risk factors in youth with type 1 diabetes.Diabetes & metabolism, ,

Peairs, Abigail D; Shah, Amy S; Summer, Suzanne; Hess, Melody; Couch, Sarah C (2017. )Effects of the dietary approaches to stop hypertension (DASH) diet on glucose variability in youth with Type 1 diabetes. Diabetes management (London, England), ,7 (5 ),383-391

Couch, Sarah C; Crandell, Jamie; King, Irena; Peairs, Abigail; Shah, Amy S; Dolan, Lawrence M; Tooze, Janet; Crume, Tessa; Mayer-Davis, Elizabeth (2017. )Associations between long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and cardiovascular lipid risk factors in youth with type 1 diabetes: SEARCH Nutrition Ancillary Study.Journal of diabetes and its complications, ,31 (1 ),67-73

Zhong, V W; Lamichhane, A P; Crandell, J L; Couch, S C; Liese, A D; The, N S; Tzeel, B A; Dabelea, D; Lawrence, J M; Marcovina, S M; Kim, G; Mayer-Davis, E J (2016. )Association of adherence to a Mediterranean diet with glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors in youth with type I diabetes: the SEARCH Nutrition Ancillary Study.European journal of clinical nutrition, ,70 (7 ),802-7

Robson, Shannon M; Couch, Sarah C; Peugh, James L; Glanz, Karen; Zhou, Chuan; Sallis, James F; Saelens, Brian E (2016. )Parent Diet Quality and Energy Intake Are Related to Child Diet Quality and Energy Intake.Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, ,116 (6 ),984-90

Nourse, Susan E; Olson, Inger; Popat, Rita A; Stauffer, Katie J; Vu, Chau N; Berry, Samuel; Kazmucha, Jeffrey; Ogareva, Olga; Couch, Sarah C; Urbina, Elaine M; Selamet Tierney, Elif Seda (2015. )Live Video Diet and Exercise Intervention in Overweight and Obese Youth: Adherence and Cardiovascular Health.The Journal of pediatrics, ,167 (3 ),533-539.e1

Liese, Angela D; Crandell, Jamie L; Tooze, Janet A; Kipnis, Victor; Bell, Ronny; Couch, Sarah C; Dabelea, Dana; Crume, Tessa L; Mayer-Davis, Elizabeth J (2015. )Sugar-sweetened beverage intake and cardiovascular risk factor profile in youth with type 1 diabetes: application of measurement error methodology in the SEARCH Nutrition Ancillary Study.The British journal of nutrition, ,1-9

Lamichhane, Archana P; Crandell, Jamie L; Jaacks, Lindsay M; Couch, Sarah C; Lawrence, Jean M; Mayer-Davis, Elizabeth J (2015. )Longitudinal associations of nutritional factors with glycated hemoglobin in youth with type 1 diabetes: the SEARCH Nutrition Ancillary Study.The American journal of clinical nutrition, ,101 (6 ),1278-85

Wang, Shanshan; Crandell, Jamie L; Couch, Sarah C; King, Irena B; Lawrence, Jean M; Dabelea, Dana; Lamichhane, Archana P; Kim, Grace; Bell, Ronny A; Zhu, Shankuan; Mayer-Davis, Elizabeth J (2015. )Plasma nutrient biomarkers are associated with waist-to-height ratio in youth with type 1 diabetes.The Journal of nutrition, ,145 (3 ),579-86

Tandon, Pooja; Grow, H Mollie; Couch, Sarah; Glanz, Karen; Sallis, James F; Frank, Lawrence D; Saelens, Brian E (2014. )Physical and social home environment in relation to children's overall and home-based physical activity and sedentary time.Preventive medicine, ,66 ,39-44

Couch, Sarah C; Glanz, Karen; Zhou, Chuan; Sallis, James F; Saelens, Brian E (2014. )Home Food Environment in Relation to Children's Diet Quality and Weight Status.Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, ,

Ollberding, Nicholas J; Couch, Sarah C; Woo, Jessica G; Kalkwarf, Heidi J (2014. )Within- and Between-Individual Variation in Nutrient Intake in Children and Adolescents.Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, ,

Liese, Angela D; Crandell, Jamie L; Tooze, Janet A; Fangman, Mary T; Couch, Sarah C; Merchant, Anwar T; Bell, Ronny A; Mayer-Davis, Elizabeth J (2014. )Relative validity and reliability of an FFQ in youth with type 1 diabetes.Public health nutrition, ,1-10

The, Natalie S; Crandell, Jamie L; Thomas, Joan; Couch, Sarah C; Shah, Amy S; Maahs, David M; Dabelea, Dana; Marcovina, Santica M; D (2013. )Correlates of medical nutrition therapy and cardiovascular outcomes in youth with type 1 diabetes.Journal of nutrition education and behavior, ,45 (6 ),661-8

Sahay, Rashmi D; Couch, Sarah C; Missoni, Sasa; Sujoldzi?, Anita; Novokmet, Natalija; Durakovi?, Zijad; Rao, Marepalli B; Milanovi?, Sanja Musi?; Vuleti?, Silvije; Deka, Ranjan; Rudan, Pavao (2013. )Dietary patterns in adults from an Adriatic Island of Croatia and their associations with metabolic syndrome and its components. Collegium antropologicum, ,37 (2 ),335-42

Couch, Sarah C; Crandell, Jamie L; Shah, Amy S; Dolan, Lawrence M; Merchant, Anwar T; Liese, Angela D; Lawrence, Jean M; Pihoker, Catherine; Mayer-Davis, Elizabeth J (2013. )Fructose intake and cardiovascular risk factors in youth with type 1 diabetes: SEARCH for diabetes in youth study.Diabetes research and clinical practice, ,100 (2 ),265-71

Saelens, Brian E; Sallis, James F; Frank, Lawrence D; Couch, Sarah C; Zhou, Chuan; Colburn, Trina; Cain, Kelli L; Chapman, James; Glanz, Karen (2012. )Obesogenic neighborhood environments, child and parent obesity: the Neighborhood Impact on Kids study.American journal of preventive medicine, ,42 (5 ),e57-64

Frank, Lawrence D; Saelens, Brian E; Chapman, James; Sallis, James F; Kerr, Jacqueline; Glanz, Karen; Couch, Sarah C; Learnihan, Vincent; Zhou, Chuan; Colburn, Trina; Cain, Kelli L (2012. )Objective assessment of obesogenic environments in youth: geographic information system methods and spatial findings from the Neighborhood Impact on Kids study.American journal of preventive medicine, ,42 (5 ),e47-55

Couch, Sarah (2012. )The poor quality of hospital food affects patients' recovery.Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987), ,26 (22 ),33

Tandon, Pooja S; Zhou, Chuan; Chan, Nadine L; Lozano, Paula; Couch, Sarah C; Glanz, Karen; Krieger, James; Saelens, Brian E (2011. )The impact of menu labeling on fast-food purchases for children and parents.American journal of preventive medicine, ,41 (4 ),434-8

Martin, Lisa J; Lee, Seung-Yeon; Couch, Sarah C; Morrison, John; Woo, Jessica G (2011. )Shared genetic contributions of fruit and vegetable consumption with BMI in families 20 y after sharing a household.The American journal of clinical nutrition, ,

Krikorian, Robert; Shidler, Marcelle D; Dangelo, Krista; Couch, Sarah C; Benoit, Stephen C; Clegg, Deborah J (2010. )Dietary ketosis enhances memory in mild cognitive impairment.Neurobiology of aging, ,

Couch, Sarah C; Saelens, Brian E (2009. )Factors associated with pediatric hypertension in Mexico.Journal of the American Dietetic Association, ,109 (6 ),992-5

Falciglia, Grace A; Horner, Stacie L; Liang, Juan; Couch, Sarah C; Levin, Linda S (2009. )Assessing dietary variety in children: development and validation of a predictive equation.Journal of the American Dietetic Association, ,109 (4 ),641-7

Couch, Sarah C; Saelens, Brian E; Levin, Linda; Dart, Katie; Falciglia, Grace; Daniels, Stephen R (2008. )The efficacy of a clinic-based behavioral nutrition intervention emphasizing a DASH-type diet for adolescents with elevated blood pressure.The Journal of pediatrics, ,152 (4 ),494-501

Couch, Sarah C; Falciglia, Grace A (2006. )Improving the diets of the young: considerations for intervention design.Journal of the American Dietetic Association, ,106 (1 Suppl 1 ),S10-1

Couch, Sarah C; Daniels, Stephen R (2005. )Diet and blood pressure in children. Current opinion in pediatrics, ,17 (5 ),642-7

Cragun, Deborah L; Couch, Sarah C; Prows, Cynthia A; Warren, Nancy S; Christianson, Carol A (2005. )A success of a genetics educational intervention for nursing and dietetic students: A model for incorporating genetics into nursing and allied health curricula. Journal of allied health, ,34 (2 ),90-6

Stanton, Susan G; Ryerson, Elizabeth; Moore, Shana L; Sullivan-Mahoney, Maureen; Couch, Sarah C (2005. )Hearing screening outcomes in infants of pregestational diabetic mothers.American journal of audiology, ,14 (1 ),86-93

Couch, Sarah C; Daniels, Stephen R (2004. )Diet and blood pressure elevation in children and adolescents.Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, ,158 (5 ),418-9

Falciglia, Grace A; Troyer, Ann G; Couch, Sarah C (2004. )Dietary variety increases as a function of time and influences diet quality in children. Journal of nutrition education and behavior, ,36 (2 ),77-83

Gribble, Laura Siem; Falciglia, Grace; Davis, Angela M; Couch, Sarah C (2003. )A curriculum based on social learning theory emphasizing fruit exposure and positive parent child-feeding strategies: a pilot study.Journal of the American Dietetic Association, ,103 (1 ),100-3

Kaistha, A; Deckelbaum, R J; Starc, T J; Couch, S C (2001. )Overrestriction of dietary fat intake before formal nutritional counseling in children with hyperlipidemia. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, ,155 (11 ),1225-30

Falciglia, G A; Couch, S C; Gribble, L S; Pabst, S M; Frank, R (2000. )Food neophobia in childhood affects dietary variety.Journal of the American Dietetic Association, ,100 (12 ),1474-81

Couch, S C; Cross, A T; Kida, K; Ros, E; Plaza, I; Shea, S; Deckelbaum, R (2000. )Rapid westernization of children's blood cholesterol in 3 countries: evidence for nutrient-gene interactions? .The American journal of clinical nutrition, ,72 (5 Suppl ),1266S-1274S

Couch, S C; Isasi, C R; Karmally, W; Blaner, W S; Starc, T J; Kaluski, D; Deckelbaum, R J; Ginsberg, H N; Shea, S; Berglund, L (2000. )Predictors of postprandial triacylglycerol response in children: the Columbia University Biomarkers Study. The American journal of clinical nutrition, ,72 (5 ),1119-27

Isasi, C R; Shea, S; Deckelbaum, R J; Couch, S C; Starc, T J; Otvos, J D; Berglund, L (2000. )Apolipoprotein epsilon2 allele is associated with an anti-atherogenic lipoprotein profile in children: The Columbia University BioMarkers Study. Pediatrics, ,106 (3 ),568-75

Kudo, Y; Falciglia, G A; Couch, S C (2000. )Evolution of meal patterns and food choices of Japanese-American females born in the United States. European journal of clinical nutrition, ,54 (8 ),665-70

Wijendran, V; Bendel, R B; Couch, S C; Philipson, E H; Cheruku, S; Lammi-Keefe, C J (2000. )Fetal erythrocyte phospholipid polyunsaturated fatty acids are altered in pregnancy complicated with gestational diabetes mellitus. Lipids, ,35 (8 ),927-31

Couch, S C; Schwarzman, F; Carroll, J; Koenigsberger, D; Nordli, D R; Deckelbaum, R J; DeFelice, A R (1999. )Growth and nutritional outcomes of children treated with the ketogenic diet.Journal of the American Dietetic Association, ,99 (12 ),1573-5

Wijendran, V; Bendel, R B; Couch, S C; Philipson, E H; Thomsen, K; Zhang, X; Lammi-Keefe, C J (1999. )Maternal plasma phospholipid polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy with and without gestational diabetes mellitus: relations with maternal factors. The American journal of clinical nutrition, ,70 (1 ),53-61

Shea, S; Isasi, C R; Couch, S; Starc, T J; Tracy, R P; Deckelbaum, R; Talmud, P; Berglund, L; Humphries, S E (1999. )Relations of plasma fibrinogen level in children to measures of obesity, the (G-455-->A) mutation in the beta-fibrinogen promoter gene, and family history of ischemic heart disease: the Columbia University BioMarkers Study. American journal of epidemiology, ,150 (7 ),737-46

Couch, S C; Philipson, E H; Bendel, R B; Wijendran, V; Lammi-Keefe, C J (1998. )Maternal and cord plasma lipid and lipoprotein concentrations in women with and without gestational diabetes mellitus. Predictors of birth weight? .The Journal of reproductive medicine, ,43 (9 ),816-22

Couch, S C; Philipson, E H; Bendel, R B; Pujda, L M; Milvae, R A; Lammi-Keefe, C J (1998. )Elevated lipoprotein lipids and gestational hormones in women with diet-treated gestational diabetes mellitus compared to healthy pregnant controls. Journal of diabetes and its complications, ,12 (1 ),1-9

Vogel, S; Contois, J H; Couch, S C; Lammi-Keefe, C J (1996. )A rapid method for separation of plasma low and high density lipoproteins for tocopherol and carotenoid analyses. Lipids, ,31 (4 ),421-6

Jensen, R G; Lammi-Keefe, C J; Ferris, A M; Jackson, M B; Couch, S C; Capacchione, C M; Ahn, H S; Murtaugh, M (1995. )Human milk total lipid and cholesterol are dependent on interval of sampling during 24 hours. Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, ,20 (1 ),91-4

Jackson, M B; Lammi-Keefe, C J; Jensen, R G; Couch, S C; Ferris, A M (1994. )Total lipid and fatty acid composition of milk from women with and without insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. The American journal of clinical nutrition, ,60 (3 ),353-61

Stallings, V A; Cortner, J A; Shannon, B M; Greene, G W; Collins, S E; Berman, M K; Wellock, A T (1993. )Preliminary report of a home-based education program for dietary treatment of hypercholesterolemia in children. American journal of health promotion : AJHP, ,8 (2 ),106-8

Collins, S E; Jackson, M B; Lammi-Keefe, C J; Jensen, R G (1989. )The simultaneous separation and quantitation of human milk lipids. Lipids, ,24 (8 ),746-9

Positions and Work Experience

08-15-2017 - Vice Chair, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

08-15-2015 - Graduate Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

08-15-2010 - Professor, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Preferred Information

Professor, Couch, Sarah PhD, RD

Contact Information

Academic - Department of Rehabiliation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences/College of Allied Health
3202 Eden Avenue
Ohio, 45267-0394
Phone: 513-558-7504
Fax: 513-558-7500
sarah.couch@uc.edu