The FSIHS Research Center investigates botanical products, dietary ingredients, nutraceuticals, and dietary supplements for safety and efficacy. As one of the nation's leading clinical research sites for natural product evaluation, our team conducts clinical research for some of the world's leaders in preventive and integrative health.

  • Scientific Experience – our team includes leaders in various health fields, including scientific research, nutrition, nursing practice, and public health
  • Integrative Health – we are the only research firm to ensure that every researcher on our team is also fully trained in herbalism, aromatherapy, and/or other integrative health modalities
  • Collaborative – Our team collaborates with medical facilities, health experts, and data scientists across the nation and around the globe to ensure your project has a custom solution that fits your needs

Dr. Jessie Hawkins is the Director of Research; she brings close to 20 years of experience in the integrative health industry. She is widely published in this area and is speaks at national and international integrative health conferences.

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The FSIHS Center for Research is uniquely able to offer expertise in clinical research and integrative health. Our team of researchers are fully trained integrative health professionals, ensuring your product is analyzed appropriately.

The standard for claims substantiation continues to rise. As consumers and regulatory agencies increase their demands, the companies who invest in human research are those which will have the competitive edge.


Jessie Hawkins, PhD

Founder & Research Director

Dr. Hawkins has been an integrative health professional for nearly 20 years and has written 8 popular books on natural health topics. She is the Director of both the school and the research team, and in addition to teaching our research classes, she travels the globe to present on our research.

• Certificates and Diplomas in: aromatherapy, aromatic medicine, herbalism, childbirth education, and labor support
• Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health from Union Institute and University
• Master’s Degree in Health Education & Promotion from the University of Alabama
• PGCert in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
• PhD in Health Research from Middle Tennessee State University
• (Current) Global Clinical Scholars Research Training post-doctoral program at Harvard Medical School


Christy Hires, MPH, CHES

Research Lead: Botanical Products

Christy Hires leads aromatherapy education and research at FSIHS. She teaches advanced and onsite students, as well as teaching during our study tours in Europe. She also manages a busy aromatherapy practice in Colorado and volunteers as a NAHA regional director.

• Certificates and Diplomas in aromatherapy, herbalism, and aromatic medicine
• Bachelor’s Degree in Theology
• Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Alabama


Elizabeth Dunne, MS, RDN

Research Lead: Nutraceuticals

Elizabeth is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who sees patients several days a week at the Huntsville Hospital Heart Failure Clinic. She teaches holistic nutrition, dietary supplement science, and human health behavior. Her research interests include pediatric nutrition, health equity, and community health practices.
• Certificate in Clinical Herbalism
• Bachelor’s Degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Alabama
• Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

The natural products industry contains massive potential for claim substantiation and even FDA-approved drugs. Companies willing to invest in the future have a wide open market waiting for them to dominate.

– Dr. Hawkins, Research Director

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