Dr. Lyn Dart, Ph.D., RD, LD
Lyn Dart PhD, RD, LD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Christian University (TCU). She is also a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Tarrant Area Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Dallas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Dart joined the Department of Nutritional Sciences faculty in 2001. She served as Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics from 2004-2007 and was appointed Director of the Food Management Program in fall 2007. Dr. Dart received a B.S. in Clinical Dietetics through the Coordinated Program at Texas Woman’s University. She also holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University in Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Dart has additional professional work experience with prior practice as a nutrition and dietetics consultant in community research and nutrition education, business management, clinical dietetics, and private practice.
Dr. Dart is an active contributor in the Fort Worth community and has served as a nutrition and dietetics consultant for the Tarrant Area Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County, Senior Citizen Services of Tarrant County, Texas AgriLife Extension Services, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center. As an educator and health care professional, Dr. Dart is committed to increasing student learning opportunities in the community that support service-learning and interprofessional education, practice and research to improve nutrition health outcomes. Over the past 12 years, Dr. Dart has supervised students in grant funded nutrition programs, including Cooking Matters/Operation Frontline (Tarrant Area Food Bank), Balancing Food and Play (Texas AgriLife Extension Services), Healthy Weigh /El Camino Saludable – Obesity Prevention and Intervention (TCU Nursing and Nutritional Sciences), and the Healthy Aging and Independent Living (HAIL) initiative (Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County).
More recently, Dr. Dart has teamed up with colleagues in developing interprofessional initiatives at TCU and neighboring academic institutions. Dr. Dart is an active member of the Interprofessional Research, Education and Practice Council (IPREP) at TCU and the University of North Texas Health Science Center Interprofessional Education and Practice Curriculum Committee. She is also instrumental in co-developing an interprofessional program involving TCU dietetics students and health professions students from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Culinary Medicine is a newly piloted elective course adapted from the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine that enhances medical and health professions students’ knowledge of nutrition and management of diet-related chronic disease through innovative curriculum and hands-on training in the culinary arts. Dr. Dart is also partnered with TCU Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in two community-engaged grant funded projects – Reynolds Interprofessional Geriatrics Education and Training in Texas (IGET-IT) and Workforce Enhancement Healthy Aging and Independent Living (WE HAIL). The purpose of these initiatives is to integrate interprofessional geriatric training into academic programs to nurture collaborative practice-ready professionals and increase the number of health care providers trained to meet the needs of older adults.