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Texas State University

Graduate Coordinator - Human Nutrition

Dr. Leslie Biediger-Friedman

Graduate Advisor & Program Coordinator

About Me

Lesli Biediger-Friedman is an Associate Professor in the Nutrition and Foods Program in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. She earned her Bachelor and doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University and earned a Master in Public Health degree as well as completed her dietetic internship from Benedictine University. Dr. Biediger-Friedman is also a Registered Dietitian.

My Research Interests

My research agenda focuses on improving public health nutrition and primarily  focuses on improving access to healthy food and improving diet quality of maternal and child populations. There are two distinct, yet related pipelines of my research: 1) Policy and environmental change to improve food security, the food environment, and capacity of the food system, and 2) Capacity and infrastructure building of programs and public health systems through innovative solutions. Furthermore, my research is collaborative by nature, and a specific collaborative emphasis has been placed on addressing demographic subgroups and approaches to achieve health equity, including a focus on health disparities, food security, Spanish-speaking latinos, and disenfranchised populations.

Expertise in environmental and policy assessment, qualitative research, mix-method design, and community-based participatory research are leant to the collaborative research I lead and with which I engage. Collaboratives include: Best Food FITs, Caminitos, School Fuel, Pov Vida!, and Texas WIC.


Selected Publications

Markides B, Crixell SH, Thompson C, Biediger-Friedman L. Staff Workshop Improves Child Care Center Menus in South Central Texas: A Best Food for Families, Infants, and Toddlers (Best Food FITS) Intervention. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2017; 4:5; 435-440.

Biediger-Friedman L, Crixell SH, Silva M, Markides BR, Smith KS. User-Centered Design of a Texas WIC App: A Focus Group Investigation. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2016; 40:4; 461-71.

Biediger-Friedman, L, Lines, K, Silva, M. Photo-Texting, A Self-Assessment Technique for the Home Food Environment. Journal of Food Security. 2017; 5:3; 66-74.

Crixell SH, Friedman BJ, Fisher DT, Biediger-Friedman L. Improving Children’s Menus in Community Restaurants: A Best Food for Families, Infants, and Toddlers (Best Food FITS) Intervention in South Central Texas, 2011-2014. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2014; 11:140361.

Biediger-Friedman L, Sanchez B, He M, Guan J, Yin Z. Food Purchasing Behaviors and Food Insecurity Among College Students at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Journal of Food Security. 2016; 4: 3; 52-57.

Sosa, ET, Biediger-Friedman, L, Banda, M. Associations Between a Voluntary Restaurant Menu Designation Initiative and Patron Purchasing Behavior. Journal of Health Promotion and Practice. 2014; 15: 2; 281-287.

Biediger-Friedman, L, Sosa, ET, Shields, K, Shutt, A. 2014. A Voluntary Approach to Improve Menu Options In Restaurants Through a Local Collabora­tive Partnership. Texas Public Health Journal. 66:1; 11-14.

Sosa ET, Biediger-Friedman L, Shields K, Spitsen E, Pape C. Increasing Healthy Choices in the Workplace Using ¡Por Vida! Journal of Health Behavior and Policy Review. 2014; 1:3; 238-246.

Sosa, ET, Biediger-Friedman, L, Yin, Z. 2013. Lessons Learned from Training Promotores de Salud for Obesity and Diabetes Prevention. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 6:1; 1-13.

Courses Currently Teaching:

Undergraduate Courses:

NUTR 4366 | Ethics and Policy in Nutrition

Graduate Courses:

NUTR 5372 | Advanced Policy and Ethics in Nutrition

NUTR 5363| Advanced Community Nutrition

Current Lab Members:
Graduate Students:

Kasandra Perez

Marissa Buckley

Undergraduate Students:


Contact Information

Office - FCS 287G
Phone: 512-245-7059
Office Hours: