Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is passionate about Food Security, Public Health, EDI, & Food Systems. Program Director, Senior Lecturer, Researcher, & Author.
Who I Am
I am the Program Director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and a Senior Lecturer in the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department at the University of Vermont. I am also a co-Founder and Executive Team member of NFACT - The National Food Access and COVID research Team and a faculty member of the UVM Food Systems Program. My research examines food security & nutrition assistance programs, inclusive approaches to health promotion, and maternal and child health equity. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with broad ecological training which includes degrees in Wildlife Biology and Applied Biology-Horticulture; my doctorate is in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Wellness. I completed my graduate degrees at Arizona State University followed by my Dietetic Internship in the Phoenix-Metro area.
Before joining UVM, I served as a research scientist with a non-profit nutrition research center and as an Assistant Professor (Adjunct-Research) in the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; there I evaluated multiple stakeholder interventions including Feeding America, Hunger-Free Heartland, and Omaha Public Schools. Recently, my work involves the impact of COVID-19 on food access and food security including utilization of food assistance programs, changes in infant feeding practices as well as the pandemic’s impact on intuitive eating. I also co-lead international public health nutrition initiatives facilitating food sovereignty programs to address food security in Kenya. My publications can be found in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, American Journal of Public Health, Public Health Nutrition and Preventive Medicine.