Faculty Profile for Dr. Lesli M Biediger-Friedman

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Dr. Lesli M Biediger-Friedman
Associate Professor — School of Family & Consumer Sciences
FCS 101
phone: (512) 245-7059

Biography Section

Biography and Education

The focus of Dr. Biediger-Friedman’s research includes policy, systems, and environmental approaches to explore innovative strategies to build public health nutrition infrastructure, address food security, and improve dietary practices of maternal and child populations. She is the Co-director of the Best Food FITS program described earlier and has recently served as the PI on a project with Texas WIC to explore technology and mobile app feasibility for nutrition education.
Dr. Biediger-Friedman has also conducted research with the Hays County Food Bank and the National Center for Farmworker Health, Community Action Inc., and San Marcos CISD to reduce food insecurity and to study the impact of national, state and local food policy on Hays County residents.
She trains her research teams to conduct community-based participatory research to investigate approaches to involve families and communities in interventions to improve nutritionand target obesity, food security, and evaluation of public policy. This training includes the use of focus groups, in-depth interviews, built-environment assessment, photo-voice, survey research, and analysis of qualitative and date using NVivo and Qualtrics.

Research Interests

Community and Public Health Nutrition
Food Security
Maternal and Child Health/ Nutrition
The Built Environment

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Manboard, M., & Biediger-Friedman, L. M. (2021). [Review of The HOME Study: understanding how college students at a Hispanic Serving Institution coped with food insecurity in a pandemic, by C. M. Johnson & H. Thornton]. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(21), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111087
  • Saha, S., Okafor, H. R., Biediger-Friedman, L. M., & Behnke, A. O. (2021). Association between diet and symptoms of anxiety and depression in college students: A systematic review. Journal of American College Health, (June, 2021), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2021.1926267
  • Thornton, H., & Biediger-Friedman, L. M. (2018). Dietetic Internship as Learning Community: A Project-Based Approach to Community Nutrition Education in Dietetics. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 50(7, Supplement), S56. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2018.04.084
  • Okafor, H., Thornton, H., Biediger-Friedman, L. M., Manboard, M. C., & Walling, K. (2021). Crisis Response in College Food Security: Adapting an On-campus Food Pantry to Meet Student Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 121(9), A88. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2021.06.233
  • Hutchison, A., Thornton, H., & Biediger-Friedman, L. (2021). Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Food Security of Latinx Students at a Large, Hispanic-Serving, Public University in Central Texas. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 121(9). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2021.06.253

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Texas State Quarterly Team Award, The Office of The Provost. July 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Health Scholar Showcase Award, Texas WIC ChatBot: Formative Research, Texas State University. February 2019 - September 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Works, College of Applied Arts. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College of Human Sciences Graduate Scholarship, Texas Tech University. 2009
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Summer Dissertation Writing Scholarship, Texas Tech University. 2009

Selected Grants

  • Crixell, Sylvia L (Co-Principal), Biediger-Friedman, Lesli M (Co-Principal). Chat with WIC: Innovating WIC Services with a Chatbot, Texas WIC: Texas Health and Human Services, Federal, $101000. (Funded: 2018). Grant.
  • Fulton, Lawrence V (Principal), Biediger-Friedman, Lesli M (Co-Principal), Qasem, Apan Muhammad (Co-Principal), Villagran, Melinda Morris (Co-Principal), Renick, Cecil O (Co-Principal), Mileski, Michael (Supporting), Ramamonjiarivelo, Zo H (Supporting), Sen, Keya (Co-Principal), Mendez, Francis A (Supporting), Charles, Joni S J (Supporting), Perez, Eduardo (Supporting), Shanmugam, Ram (Supporting), Stigler Granados, Paula Elaine (Supporting), Hwang, Sangchul Scott (Supporting). Nutrition for Underserved Elderly via Application (NUEVA), DHHS (Administration for Community Living, acl.gov), Federal, $3000000. (Submitted: March 10, 2022, Funded: August 2022 - August 2027). Grant.
  • Thornton, Hannah (Co-Principal), Biediger-Friedman, Lesli (Co-Principal). Learning Communities Grant, College of Applied Arts, Texas State University, $6000.00. (Funded: August 31, 2018 - June 1, 2019). Grant.
  • Sosa, ET (Co-Principal), Biediger-Friedman, Lesli M (Co-Principal). Preschool home nutrition and physical activity environments, College of Education and Human Development, The University of Texas at San Antonio, $4000. (Funded: 2012). Grant.
  • Biediger-Friedman, Lesli M (Principal), Sosa, ET. Por Vida healthy restaurant program evaluation, City of San Antonio, $25000. (Funded: 2010). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Search Committee: Associate/ Full Professor, Nutrition
July 2021-Present
Search Committee
July 2021-Present
Graduate Advisor
Human Nutrition
January 2020-Present
Graduate Recruitment Committee/GEMS
January 2020-Present
MS in Human Nutrition Admissions Committee
January 2020-Present