Robin Tucker

Robin Tucker

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Assistant Professor
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition




PhD., Nutrition Science, Concentration-Ingestive Behavior, Purdue University, 2014; M.S., Nutritional Science, California State University, Los Angeles, 2005; BA, Political Science, Creighton University


Professional Positions:

2016 - present - Assistant Professor of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2014 - 2016 - Assistant Professor of Public and Allied Health & Food and Nutrition, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio    

Instructional Activities:

HNF 471, Medical Nutrition Therapy I
HNF 832, Advanced Clinical Nutrition

Research Interests:

Biological and environmental factors that influence ingestive behaviors with a particular focus on taste and sleep; citizen science.

Recent Publications:

*indicates student co-author.

*Du C, *Wang W, Hsiao PY, Ludy M-J, Tucker RM. Insufficient sleep and poor sleep quality completely mediate the relationship between financial stress and dietary risk among higher education students who report sleep problems. Behavioral Sciences. 11(69), 2021

Tucker RM, Contreras DA, Carlson BR, Carter A, Drake CL. Sleep Education for Elders Program: Pilot results of a health educator-led, community-delivered sleep behavior change intervention. Nature and Science of Sleep. 2021: 625-633, 2021

*Du C, Zan MCH, Cho MJ, Fenton JI, Hsiao PY…Tucker RM. The effects of sleep quality and resilience on perceived stress, dietary behaviors, and alcohol misuse: A mediation-moderation analysis of higher education students from 7 countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. PMID: 33572863. Nutrients. 13(2): 442, 2021

Tan S-Y, Sotirelis E, Bojeh R, Maan I, Medalle M, Chik F X-S, Keast R, Tucker RM. Is dietary intake associated with salt taste function and perception in adults? A systematic review. Food Quality and Preference. In press.

*Du C, *Almotwa J, *Folk SYL, *Gadd S, *Parag H, Tucker RM. Effects of macronutrient intake on sleep duration and quality: A systematic review. PMID: 33876534. Nutrition & Dietetics. In press.

*Du C, *Luo N, *Wu L, *Gadd S, *Zhang X, Tucker RM. Weight gain is associated with reduced sleep quality and increased acculturative stress among first-year international students studying at an American university. PMID: 33651676. Journal of American College Health. In press.

Hawley SR, Thrivikraman JK, Noveck N, St. Romain T, Ludy M-J, Chee W, Cho MJ, Chong M, *Du C, Fenton JI, Hsiao PY, Hsiao R, Keaver L, Lai C-C, Lee H, Shen W, Swee WCS, Tseng K-W, Tseng W-C, Zan MCH, Tucker RM. Concerns of college students during the COVID-19 pandemic: Thematic perspectives from the United States, Asia, and Europe. Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching. 4(1), 2021

*Du C, Zan MCH, Cho MJ, Fenton JI, Hsiao PY…Tucker RM. Health behaviors of higher education students from 7 countries: Poorer sleep quality during the COVID-19 pandemic predicts higher dietary risk. PMID: 33467418. Clocks & Sleep. 3(1):12-30, 2021

*Yang C-L & Tucker RM. Beneficial effects of a high protein breakfast on fullness disappear after a night of short sleep in nonobese, premenopausal women. PMID: 33259829. Physiology & Behavior, 2021

Kiss N, Symons K, Hewitt J, Davis H, Ting C, Lee A, Boltong A, Tucker RM, Tan S-Y. Taste function in adults undergoing cancer radiotherapy or chemotherapy, and implications for nutrition management: A systematic review. PMID: 33071205. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 121(2):278-304, 2021

*Du C, Zan MCH, Cho MJ, Fenton JI, Hsiao PY…Tucker RM. Increased resilience weakens the relationship between perceived stress and anxiety on sleep quality: A moderated mediation analysis of higher education students from 7 countries. PMID: 33089208. Clocks & Sleep. 2(3). 10.3390/clockssleep2030025, 2020 

Haddad EN, Sugino KY, Tucker RM, Comstock SS. Gut enterotypes are stable during probiotic supplementation. PMID: 32267970. Journal of Food Science, 85(5):1596-1604, 2020

Burcham Z, Garneau NL, Comstock SS, Tucker RM, Knight R, Metcalf J. Patterns of Oral Microbiota Diversity in Adults and Children: A Crowdsourced Population Study. PMID: 32034250. Scientific Reports, 10(1):2133, 2020

*Szczygiel EJ, Cho S, Tucker RM. The effect of sleep curtailment on hedonic responses to liquid and solid food. PMID: 31658647. Foods, 8(10):465, 2019

*Szczygiel EJ, Cho S, Tucker RM. Multiple dimensions of sweet taste perception altered after sleep curtailment.  PMID: 31461917. Nutrients, 11(9):pii:E2015, 2019

Ellithorpe ME, Eden A, Hahn L, Ulsoy E, *Yang CL, Tucker RM. Meal-concurrent media use is associated with increased dietary intake with no evidence of next meal compensation in free-living adults.  PMID: 31328893. Obesity, 27(9):1418-1422, 2019

*Szczygiel E, Cho S, Tucker RM. Characterization of the relationships between sleep duration, quality, architecture and chemosensory function in non-obese males. Food Quality and Preference, 75:105-112, 2019

*Yang C-L, Schnepp J, Tucker RM. Increased hunger, food cravings, food reward, and portion size selection after a night of modest sleep curtailment in women without obesity.  PMID: 30893841. Nutrients, 11(3) 2019

Abarintos RA, Jiminez JC, Tucker RM, Smutzer G. Development of a Regional Taste Test that uses edible circles for stimulus delivery. PMID: 31827664. Chemosensory Perception, 12:115-124, 2019

Tan S-Y and Tucker RM. Sweet taste as a predictor of dietary intake: A systematic review.  PMID: 30621253. Nutrients, 11(3): doi:10.3390/nu11010094, 2019