Oklahoma State University
Nutritional Sciences
Debra A. Foster

Debra Foster

Assistant Specialist, Nutrition Education Program Coordinator

Area: Nutritional Sciences

Human Sciences 301 (Room 007)
Stillwater OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-9942
Fax: 405-744-1461

  • Profile
  • Research

Educational Background:

Degree Institution Area of Study
M.S. University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma Adult Professional Services in Home Economics
B.S. East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma Vocational Home Economics


  • Oklahoma Family and Consumer Sciences Association (OAFCS) Vice-President-Current
  • Oklahoma Family and Consumer Sciences Association- Past President
  • OCES Professional Development Committee Member
  • Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences-Past President
  • OEAFCS- Past Secretary
  • Business and Professional Women
  • Ambassadors-Past Board Member
  • Family and Community Leadership-Past Board Co-Chair
  • League of Women Voters-Past vice-president of local chapter

Awards & Recognition:

  • Distinguish Service Award from NEAFCS -2010
  • Beverly Crabtree Public Affairs Award-2009
  • Lynda Harriman Leadership Award, 2005
  • Margaret Edsel Fitch Fellowship 2005-06
  • OSU Leadership Development Program, 2006

Professional Memberships:

  • Society for Nutrition Education (SNE)
  • National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS)
  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

Research Areas:

  • Improving Dietary Quality of Low-Income Families
  • Adult and Childhood Obesity Prevention
  • Community Nutrition Education


  • Garrard, D. (PI); Phelps, J.; Brown, B.; Hermann, J.; Hildebrand, D.; Sheik. B., FY 2010-11,Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (ONE Program), Oklahoma Department of Human Services and Southwest Regional Office, USDA, $3,075,918
  • Garrard, D. (PI), OrganWise Guys, (FY 2010), Health Care Services Corporation, $78,028
  • Garrard, D.,(PI) Phelps J., Hildebrand, D.(Co-PIs), (FY 2010-12), Integrating Primary Care Practices and Community-based Programs to Manage Obesity, OUHSC, $140,242
  • Garrard. D. (PI); Brown, B. (Co-PI) Adults Need Dairy Too!, Southwest Dairy Farmers, (FY 2009), $ 10,038
  • Garrard, D. (PI) Expanded Food and Nutrition Education. (2009) NIFA, USDA $1,099,154