Degree: Ph.D., Purdue University, 2014; M.S., California State University, Los Angeles, 2005


Research Interests:

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

Instructional Activities:

HNF 471 – Medical Nutrition Therapy I

Recent Publications:

Smith SL, Ludy, MJ, Tucker RM. 2016. Changes in Taste Preference After Sleep Curtailment. Physiology & Behavior. 163:228-233.

Tan, S-Y, Baumgartner K, Hemmelgarn M, Tucker, RM. In press.  Dietetics students’ and professionals’ attitudes towards and experiences with research: A comparison between the United States and Australia. Nutrition & Dietetics.

Dhillon J, Craig BA, Leidy HJ, Amankwaah AF, Anguah KO, Jacobs AG, Jones BL, Jones J, Keeler CL, Keller CE, McCrory MA, Rivera RL, Slebodnik M, Mattes RD, Tucker RM. 2016. The effects of increased protein intake on fullness: A meta-analysis and its limitations. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 116:968-983.

Steed CL, Krull BR, Ludy MJ, Tucker RM, Morgan AL. In press. Relationship between body fat and physical fitness in Army ROTC cadets. Military Medicine.

Dhillon J, Running CA, Tucker RM, & Mattes RD. 2016. Effects of food form on appetite and energy balance. Food Quality and Preference. 48:368-75. doi:10.1016/j.foodqual.2015.03.009.

Ludy MJ, Tucker RM, Tan S-Y. 2015. Chemosensory properties of pungent spices: Their role in altering nutrient intake. Chemosensory Perception 8(3):131-137. doi:10.1007/s12078-015-9191-x.

Tucker RM, Nuessle TM, Garneau NL, Smutzer G, Mattes RD. 2015. No difference in perceived intensity of linoleic acid in the oral cavity between obese and non-obese adults. Chemical Senses 40(8):557-563. doi:10.1093/chemse/bjv040.

Swint JM, Beining KM, Bryant JA, Tucker RM, Ludy MJ. 2015. Capsaicin and Capsiate: Comparison of Effects at a Traditional Meal.  Chemosensory Perception 8(4):174-182. doi:10.1007/s12078-015-9188-5.

Lee J, Tucker RM, Tan S-Y, Running CA, Jones JB & Mattes RD. 2015. Nutritional Implications of Taste and Smell Dysfunction. In: Doty, R. L., editor. Handbook of Olfaction and Gustation. 3rd ed. New York: Wiley-Liss. ISBN: 978-1-118-13922-6

Tucker RM, Mattes RD & Running CA. 2014. Mechanisms and effects of “fat taste” in humans. Biofactors 40(3):313-326. doi:10.1002/biof.1162.

Tucker RM, Edlinger C, Craig B & Mattes RD. 2014. Associations between BMI and fat taste sensitivity in humans. Chemical Senses 39(4):349-57. doi:10.1093/chemse/bju006.

Tucker RM & Mattes RD. 2013. Satiation, Satiety: The Puzzle of Solids and Liquids. In: Blundell, J. E. & Bellisle, F., editors. Satiation, Satiety and the Control of Food Intake. Cambridge: Woodhead.

Tucker RM, Laguna L, Quinn R & Mattes RD. 2013. The Effect of Short, Daily Oral Exposure on Non-Esterified Fatty Acid Sensitivity. Chemosensory Perception 6(2):78-85. doi: 10.1007/s12078-013-9147-y.

Running CA, Mattes RD & Tucker RM. 2013. Fat taste in humans: Sources of within- and between-subject variability. Progress in Lipid Research. doi: pii: S0163-7827(13)00028-3. 10.1016/j.plipres.2013.04.007.

Tucker RM & Mattes RD. 2013. Influences of repeated testing and testing methodology on non-esterified fatty acid taste. Chemical Senses 8(4):325-32. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjt002.

Tucker RM & Mattes RD. 2012. Are Free Fatty Acids Effective Taste Stimuli in Humans?  Presented at the Symposium “The Taste for Fat: New Discoveries on the Role of Fat in Sensory Perception, Metabolism, Sensory Pleasure and Beyond” held at the Institute of Food Technologists 2011 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA., June 12, 2011. Journal of Food Science 77(3):S148-151.



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