David R. Buys

David R. Buys

Associate Professor

Office: 202B Ballew Hall

Mailing Address:

Box 9805
945 Stone Blvd.
Mississippi State, MS 39762


  • Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.S.P.H., University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.S., Auburn University
  • B.S., Mississippi College

Research/Extension Areas:

  • Health Promotion
  • Food Security

Society Memberships:

  • American Public Health Association
  • Mississippi Public Health Association
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • American Sociological Association


Bolstad, C. J., R. Moak, C. J. Brown, R. E. Kennedy, D. R. Buys. 2020. Neighborhood disadvantage is associated with depressive symptoms but not depression diagnosis in older adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(16):5745.  Download

Buys, D. R., R. Rennekamp. 2020. Cooperative Extension as a force for healthy, rural communities: Historical perspectives and future directions. American Journal of Public Health 110:1300-1303.  Download

Buys, D. R., S. Francis, M. V. Marra, J. L. Locher, I. Lofgren. 2020. Lessons learned: Recruiting aging adults for research. Topics in Clinical Nutrition 35(1):28-41.  Download

Fan, L., E. Canales, B. J. Fountain, D. R. Buys. 2020. An assessment of the food retail environment in counties with high obesity rates in Mississippi. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.  Download

Buys, D. R. 2018. Using theory to understand determinants of nutritional outcomes in older adults: An example from M. Powell Lawton's work on the environmental press. The Spectrum, Special Issue.

Sansing, A., D. R. Buys. 2017. Colorectal cancer health message. Mississippi State University Extension Service Information Sheet 1998.  Download

Treloar, J., D. K. Tidwell, R. D. Williams, D. R. Buys, B. D. Oliver, J. Yates. 2017. Applying theory of planned behavior to energy drink consumption in community college students. American Journal of Health Studies 32(1):35-47. Download

Lo, A. X., A. G. Rundle, D. R. Buys, R. E. Kennedy, P. Sawyer, R. M. Allman, C. J. Brown. 2016. Neighborhood disadvantage and life-space are associated with incident falls in community-dwelling older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 64(11):2218-2225.  Download

Sansing, A., D. R. Buys. 2016. Self-care health message. Mississippi State University Extension Service Information Sheet 1999.  Download

Buys, D. R., J. Locher. 2015. What does the evidence reveal regarding home- and community-based nutrition serves for older adults? Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics 34(2):81-84.  Download

Buys, D.R., D.L. Roth, C.S. Ritchie, P. Sawyer, R.M. Allman, E. M. Funkhouser, M. Hovater, J.L. Locher. 2014. Nutritional risk and body mass index predict hospitalization, nursing home admissions, and mortality in community-dwelling older adults: Results from the UAB study of aging with 8.5 years of follow-up. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.  Download

Buys, D.R., K.L. Flood, K.C. Real, M.E. Chang, J.L. Locher. 2013. Use of volunteers for mealtime to hospitalized older adults: A report on the SPOONS program. Journal of Gerontological Nursing 39:18.22. Download

Buys, D.R., M.E. LaGory, C.A. Borch, P. Drentea, P. Sawyer, R. Allman, J.L. Locher. 2013. Physical impairment predicts nursing home admission for older adults in disadvantaged but not other neighborhoods: Results from the UAB study of aging. The Gerontologist 53:641-653. Download

Dover, S.A., D.R. Buys, J.L. Locher. 2013. Farmers market produce delivery program for mitigating nutritional risk in older adults. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 8:106-108. Download

Locher, J.L., K.S. Vickers, D.R. Buys, A.C. Ellis, J.C. Lawrence, L. Newton, D.L. Roth, C.S. Ritchie, C.W. Bales. 2013. A randomized controlled trial of a theoretically based behavioral nutrition intervention for community elders: Lessors learned from the B-NICE study. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 12:1675-1685. Download

Buys, D.R., C.A. Borch, M. Kilgore, C. Zizza, J.L. Locher. 2012. A state-level examination of the association between home and community-based services and rates of nursing home residency with special attention to nutrition programs. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics 31:404-424. Download

Buys, D.R., M.L. Marler, C.O. Robinson, C. Hamlin, J.L. Locher. 2011. Recruitment of volunteers for a home-delivered meals programme serving homebound older adults: A theoretically derived programme among faith communities. Public Health Nutrition 14:1473-1478. Download


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