Professional Practice and Research InterestsResearch Interest and Research Involvement Among US Registered Dietitian NutritionistsBoyd, Melinda MPH, MHR, RD; Byham-Gray, Laura PhD, RD; Touger-Decker, Riva PhD, RD, CDN, FADA; Marcus, Andrea Fleish PhD, MPH; King, Carrie PhD, RDN, LD, CDEAuthor Information Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Related Professions; Rutgers University, Rutgers, New Jersey (Ms Boyd and Drs Byham-Gray, Touger-Decker, and Fleish Marcus); and College of Health, Dietetics and Nutrition, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage (Dr King). Correspondence: Melinda Boyd, MPH, MHR, RD, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ 07107 ([email protected]; [email protected]). The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Topics in Clinical Nutrition: July/September 2016 - Volume 31 - Issue 3 - p 267-277 doi: 10.1097/TIN.0000000000000080 Buy Metrics Abstract Research is important for advancing the profession of dietetics. This secondary analysis explored relationships between US registered dietitian nutritionists' professional characteristics and research interest and involvement. Respondents (n = 580) had mean scores on the Interest in Research Questionnaire (IRQ) and the Dietitian Research Involvement Survey (DRIS) of 55.0 and 23.5 out of 80.0 and 60.0 points, respectively. Frequency of reading research (r = 0.298, P < .0001) was positively correlated with IRQ scores. A moderate positive correlation was found between IRQ and DRIS scores (r = 0.435, P < .0001). Registered dietitian nutritionists in clinical practice in the United States are more likely to be involved with research if they express more interest in research. © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.