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Michele M. Doucette, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medical Student Education Specialist



Mail Stop F496, ​Academic Office 1

12631 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045


303-724-5061 Office


My teaching and research experience began at Georgia State University (GSU), where I served as an Assistant Professor teaching undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses while conducting research in tailored web-based weight intervention programs. In addition to my responsibilities at GSU, I also served as a Health Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in Atlanta, GA. My work at the CDC included "translational" research writing, which focused on evaluating the most current research in the area of overweight/obesity and chronic disease and summarizing the findings in written materials targeted for health professionals and the lay public.

Prior to joining the Department of Family Medicine, I served as Research Director for America On the Move (AOM) at the University of Colorado Denver, Center for Human Nutrition (CHN). My work with AOM and James O. Hill, PhD at the CHN entailed new program development and research looking at a tailored "small changes" approach to achieving and maintaining healthy lifestyles. 

Currently, I am the Education Specialist for Medical Student Education in the Department of Family Medicine. My focus is to provide medical students exposure to preventive health measures for reducing chronic disease risk. My passion is teaching medical students evidence-based nutrition and physical activity lifestyle change options for chronic disease management 


My past research has focused on obesity and chronic disease, specifically on how making small lifestyle changes can add up to significant positive changes in one’s health.  My current research interests include developing new methodologies for enhancing medical student education in the areas of nutrition and preventive health.


I am the  past Chair of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group (WM DPG).  The WM DPG is a 5,000+ member subgroup of the The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Our members are Registered Dietitians and nutrition professionals specializing in weight management.


  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group Chair, 2009-2010
  • American Society for Clinical Nutrition    
  • American Society for Nutritional Sciences
  • Society for International Nutrition Research
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • The Obesity Society

Doucette, MM. Phytochemicals and cancer prevention. Scan’s Pulse, 17:1-3, 1998. 

Doucette, MM., Stevens, VL. Folate receptor function is regulated in response to different cellular growth rates in cultured mammalian cells. Journal of Nutrition, 131: 2819-2825, 2001.

Salazar, G., Love, R., Chen, S., Werner, E., Doucette, MM., Levey, A., Faundez, V. The zinc transporter ZnT3 interacts with AP-3 and it is targeted to a distinct synaptic vesicle subpopulation. Molecular Biology of the Cell, Cell, 15: 575-587, 2004.

Doucette, MM., Stevens, VL. Point mutations alter the cellular distribution of the human folate receptor in cultured chinese hamster ovary cells. Journal of Nutrition, 134: 308-316, 2004.

Salazar, G. Craige, B., Styers, ML., Newell, KA, Doucette, MM., Wainer, BH., Falcon-Perez, JM., Dell'Angelica, EC, Peden, AA., Werner, E., and Faundez, V. BLOC-1 Complex Deficiency Alters the Targeting of Adaptor Protein Complex-3 Cargoes. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 17(9):4014-26, 2006. 

Doucette, MM., Kren, K. The efficacy of using the therapeutic lifestyle changes diet for reducing comorbidities associated with overweight and obesity. Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. Weight Management Matters, 4: 6-11, 2007.

Baradel, L., Gillespie, C., Blanck, HM., Kicklighter, JR., Doucette, MM., Penumetcha, M. Temporal changes in trying to lose weight and recommended weight loss strategies among obese Americans, BRFSS, 1996-2003. Preventive Medicine, 49:158-164, 2009. 

Doucette, MM.  Can Lifestyle Modifications Using Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Reduce Weight and the Risk for Chronic Disease?  CDC/DNPAO,