Sudha Raj is a Teaching Professor in the Nutrition & Food Studies department in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Dr. Raj’s research and curricular development interests extend into the areas of vegetarian nutrition, integrative and functional nutrition and traditional food and medical systems such as Ayurveda.
Dr. Raj is interested in exploring the role of acculturative factors as they impact the health and well-being of Asian Indian immigrants specifically from India. She has developed dietetics related educational resources, written book chapters and given presentations highlighting the unique Asian Indian culture, food habits and role of food as delineated in the traditional medical system of Ayurveda. She was instrumental in developing and implementing one of the first pilot studies to investigate dietary acculturation patterns in Asian Indian immigrants in the U.S. Recently she was one of two academy members responsible for the inception of the Member interest group for Asian Indians in Dietetics.
Dr. Raj has been actively involved with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has served as Newsletter Editor, Chair for the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group and Chair for the Vegetarian Nutrition Evidence Analysis Group.
Raj received a B.Sc. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Madras University and M.Sc. degree from Bombay University in India. She subsequently completed her M.S and PhD degrees in Nutrition Science at Syracuse University.