Nadia Markie Sneed   PhD, RN, APRN, FNP-BC

Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Nadia Markie Sneed is a postdoctoral fellow under the primary mentorship of Dr. William Heerman, MD, MPH, in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dr. Mariann Piano PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. 

She completed her doctoral training at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) in the School of Nursing where she was awarded the Blazer Fellowship through the UAB Graduate School and the Graduate Teaching Fellowship through the UAB School of Nursing. Her dissertation focused on examining the associations between added sugar consumption and prediabetes risk in U.S. adults using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). 

As part of her post-doctoral training, Dr. Sneed aims to develop a program of research that focuses on the development and implementation of family-centered and community-based dietary lifestyle interventions for prediabetes management and multi-generational prevention of type 2 diabetes. 

Dr. Sneed's postdoctoral fellowship is funded through the Vanderbilt Patient/ pRactice Outcomes Research in Effectiveness and Systems Science (PROgRESS) T32 Program supported by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (PI: Christianne Roumie) and through the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.


  • PhD, University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • MSN, Samford University
  • BSN, Samford University
  • BS Nutrition, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Develop and implement family and patient-centered, dietary lifestyle interventions targeted at multi-generational prevent type 2 diabetes in low-income and minority populations
  • Develop and test dietary interventions that utilize minimally processed diets as a non-pharmacological treatment for prediabetes in adult populations

Representative Publications


Sneed, N. M., & Morrison, S. A. (2021). Body Composition Methods in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes or at Risk for T2D: a Clinical Review. Current Diabetes Reports, 21(5), 14. 

Morrison, S. A., Fazeli, P. L., Gower, B., Willig, A. L., Younger, J., Sneed, N. M., & Vance, D. E. (2020). Cognitive effects of a ketogenic diet on neurocognitive impairment in adults aging with HIV: a pilot study. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC, 31(3), 312.

Sneed, N. M., Patrician, P. A., & Morrison, S. A. (2019). Influences of added sugar consumption in adults with type 2 diabetes risk: A principle-based concept analysis. Nursing Forum, 54(4), 698-706. 

Morrison, S. A., Fazeli, P. L., Gower, B., Younger, J., Willig, A., Sneed, N. M., & Vance, D. E. (2018). The ketogenic diet as a non-pharmacological treatment for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder: A descriptive analysis. Journal of psychiatry and behavioral science, 3, 1014.

Representative Presentations

Sneed, N.M., Azuero, A., Morrison, S.A. (June 2021). Added sugar consumption is not relevantly associated with an increased odds of prediabetes in U.S. adults. Poster presentation at the 2021 American Society of Nutrition Conference, Virtual Conference.

Sneed, N. M., Morrison, S.A., and Pavela, G. (March 2021). Prediabetes awareness and healthcare provider screening practices in overweight and obese U.S. adults. Top Ten Student oral/poster presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society 34rd Annual Conference, Virtual Conference.

Sneed, N.M., Morrison, S.A., and Pavela, G. (March 2019). Consumption of added sugar among U.S. adults who are aware and unaware of their prediabetes status. Poster presentation at the Endocrine Society Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Sneed, N. M., Callahan, ML; Martin, S; Bowman, R; Rodgers, S; Morrison, SA; Garvey, WT; Chandler-Laney, PC. (May 2019). Women with a history of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) do not consume a healthier diet compared to women without a history of GDM. Poster presentation at the University of Alabama, Birmingham Diabetes Research Day 10th Annual Conference, Birmingham, AL.

Sneed, N. M., Morrison, S.A., and Pavela, G. (February 2019). Added sugar consumption by age, sex, and race in U.S. adults who are aware of their prediabetes status. Podium/poster presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society 33rd Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Morrison, S. A. and Sneed, N. M. (June 2017). Associations of U.S. adult consumption of dietary fat and sugar on obesity and cardiometabolic disorders: Where do we go from here? Oral presentation at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners 
  • American Society for Nutrition 
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Society, Nu Chapter
  • Southern Nursing Research Society