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Tanya M. Horacek, Ph.D., RD

Associate Professor

Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition

Contact Info

426 Ostrom Avenue, Room 217
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: (315) 443-9323
Email: thoracek@syr.edu

Areas of Specialization

Lifestyles nutrition counseling; participatory program planning; obesity prevention environmental audits (food, physical activity and policies


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Nutritional Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Master of Arts, Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Science, Life Sciences, Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Horacek's research interests include evaluating theory-based nutrition education/counseling interventions; explaining the mediating factors influencing dietary intake and intervention effectiveness (including personality and stages of change); conducting collaborative ecological program development; and evaluating dietetics education effectiveness. Dr. Horacek is a member of a 10-state regional research group. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with them to understand young adults' stage of change for their fruit and vegetable intake and conducted a USDA-IFAFS funded intervention to improve low-income young adults' fruit and vegetable intake using a stage-based intervention. Currently, she is finishing a 10-state USDA-NRI funded research project to prevent obesity using a WEB-based non-diet approach among college students. The 10-state regional research group is now engaged in a new project of participatory community research with young adults to prevent obesity. This is an innovative approach to local grass-roots research using their collaborative partnerships for effective and efficient data collection and intervention implementation.

In addition, she has designed and evaluated the effectiveness of lifestyle-oriented nutrition counseling model. In 2005, she developed a peer nutrition education and counseling program, ORANGE WRAP: OutReach And Nutrition Group Education by Wellness Responsibility Advocating Peers, which is now part of the Healthy Monday campaign on campus. Dr. Horacek is collaborating with Newhouse faculty Dr. Chew to design a new study to test the effectiveness of the ORANGE WRAP program and a media campaign for improving dietary quality of college students. Other research projects have included the validation of an intuitive eating assessment and the evaluation of an intuitive eating intervention for low-income women.