Research plays a fundamental role in the Academy’s approach to practice, education and policy:
Practice: Dietetics is the integration and application of principles derived from the sciences of nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, food management and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain people's health. The Academy advocates evidence-based practice, or the use of evidence-based resources in patient care; dietetics and nutrition professionals are responsible for incorporating research into all areas of practice.
Both the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice identify the roles of dietetics and nutrition professionals in research. Dietetics research is a dynamic collaborative and assimilative endeavor with research broad in scope — ranging from basic to applied practice research.
Education: The Academy convenes meetings of practitioners and scientists to address key issues in nutrition, creates educational opportunities for its members and disseminates research-based information to health care professionals in a wide range of disciplines, as well as to the public at large. The Academy's research priorities guide the content and presentation of its education activities.
Policy: Research also forms the basis for the Academy’s decisions, policies and communications and guides the Academy in advocacy work with government, research and philanthropic agencies; facilitating partnerships and collaborations to advance scientific knowledge of nutrition.
In 2015, the Academy issued the Research, International and Scientific Affairs (RISA) Strategic Plan that established a new Structure for Research Activities at the Academy.