Postdoctoral Fellows

Melissa Ramel, PhD, RD, LD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Melissa Ramel PhD, MPH, RD, LD is a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. Ramel received her PhD in education, with a concentration in curriculum and instruction from Saint Louis University in 2017, MS in medical dietetics and MPH in community health from Saint Louis University in 2009, and her BA in dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2005. She completed her dietetic internship at Saint Louis University. Ramel has experience as an instructor/nutrition coordinator in community dietetics and as a clinical dietitian in long-term care. Ramel’s research interests are vast, but include overweight and obesity in underserved families, increasing access to healthy options for underserved families, and intergenerational healthy eating and behaviors.  

Mary Katherine Ray, PhD
T32 Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Mary Katherine Ray, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness. Ray received her PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2018, and her BS in Psychology from The University of North Alabama in 2013. Her primary research interest is the role of executive functioning in eating behavior, obesity, and weight-loss. Ray also works on the PLAN study to implement family-based behavioral weight loss treatment within the primary care setting.