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Lia Agpalo, Graduate Student Services Coordinator

305 Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-543-1730
fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: nutr@uw.edu

Kristin Elko, Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator

305 Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-221-8526
fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: ugnutr@uw.edu

Lacey Henderson, Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) Student Services Coordinator

324 Raitt Hall, Box 353410
Seattle, WA 98195-3410
phone: 206-221-8111
e-mail: laceynh@uw.edu

Shannon Delaney, Academic Program Manager

305 Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-221-1886
fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: sldelane@uw.edu

Core Faculty

Adam Drewnowski, Director

Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Medicine
PhD,1977 - The Rockefeller University, New York

Nutritional Sciences Program
305-B Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-543-8016; fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: adamdrew@uw.edu
Faculty Bio | Publications

Dr. Drewnowski's interests are in nutritional epidemiology, socioeconomic determinants of obesity and diet-related chronic disease, relation between diet quality and diet cost, and sustainable nutrition security as it relates to climate change. Dr. Drewnowski has developed new value metrics to study nutrient density, affordability, and carbon footprint of individual foods and total diets. Dr. Drewnowski is the Director of the UW's Center for Public Health Nutrition and UW Center for Obesity Research (UWCOR) and visiting professor at the University of Paris (2012-13).

Michelle Averill

Acting Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
PhD, 2007, University of Washington; RD, 2013, University of Washington

Nutritional Sciences Program
324-A Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-221-6554; fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: carrots@uw.edu
Faculty Bio

Dr. Averill's research interests include HDL biology in inflammation and obesity; the effect of postprandial lipemia on HDL composition and function; and the physiological role of stress in explaining health disparities in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Averill serves as the clinical coordinator for the UW Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Shirley A.A. Beresford

Professor, Epidemiology
Senior Associate Dean, University of Washington School of Public Health
PhD, 1981, University of London (England)

F 225B Health Sciences Building, Box 357236
phone: 206-543-9512; fax: 206-543-8525
e-mail: beresfrd@uw.edu
Faculty Bio | SciVal Experts Profile | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Beresford's research interests are in the areas of nutritional epidemiology, social epidemiology and chronic disease prevention. Her work is specifically designed to improve the scientific basis for public health policy and recommendations concerning dietary intake, physical activity, and folic acid status. She has been Principal Investigator on numerous individual and group randomized trials of dietary behavior intervention. Her research focus in the science of changing behavior on a population level has involved many interdisciplinary collaborations. The development and evaluation of obesity prevention interventions in work sites, using rigorous group randomized trial design and collaborative principles with participating work sites, provides one such example.

She is a member of the core faculty of the Nutritional Sciences Program, affiliate investigator with the Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, and member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Cancer Prevention and Epidemiology.

Glen E. Duncan

Associate Professor, Epidemiology
PhD, 1997, University of Tennessee

Nutritional Sciences Program
305-K Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-616-2680; fax: 206-685-1696
Faculty Bio | SciVal Experts Profile

Dr. Duncan's research interests include: (1) relationships among cardiovascular fitness, body fatness, and metabolic disease (e.g., metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes); (2) lifestyle interventions involving increased habitual physical activity and/or exercise training and dietary modifications in the prevention and treatment of metabolic and cardiovascular disease; and, (3) non-biological determinants of physical activity and obesity (e.g., access, income, and the physical environment).Dr. Duncan is the Director of the UW Twin Registry. For a listing of Prof. Duncan's publications, please visit his Google Scholar page.

Dr. Duncan is the Faculty Graduate Program Coordinator for the Nutritional Sciences Program.

Donna B. Johnson

Professor, Health Services
PhD, 1995, University of Washington; RD, 1979, Syracuse University

Nutritional Sciences Program
306-B Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-685-1068; fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: djohn@uw.edu
Faculty Bio | SciVal Experts Profile

Dr. Johnson studies pediatric nutrition, the efficacy of public health nutrition interventions, and public health approaches to obesity. She is the Associate Director for the Center for Public Health Nutrition.

Elizabeth A. Kirk

Part-time Senior Lecturer, Epidemiology
PhD, 1995, University of Washington; RD, 1989, Oregon Health Sciences University.

Nutritional Sciences Program
305-J Raitt Hall
Box 353410
phone: 206-685-9513; fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: eakirk@uw.edu
Faculty Bio | SciVal Experts Profile

Dr. Kirk teaches Nutrition for Today (NUTR 300), Sports Nutrition (NUTR 406), and Nutrition and Chronic Disease (NUTR 562). Her research interests include atherosclerosis and factors that influence its initiation and progression, including diet, diabetes, and oxidation biology.

Mario Kratz

Research Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Metabolism
PhD, 2001, University of Bonn; MSc, 1996, University of Bonn (Germany)

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave N
Box 358080, M4-B402
fax: 206-667-5977
e-mail: mkratz@fhcrc.org
Faculty Bio | SciVal Experts Profile | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Kratz's research interests are focused on the relationship between diet, obesity, and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer that are associated with obesity. Currently ongoing projects are either (a) controlled dietary intervention studies in humans to understand better how diet composition affects energy and glucose homeostasis, or (b) clinical studies aiming to improve our understanding of the biological mechanisms linking diet, obesity, and chronic disease. All of these studies largely focus on low-grade chronic systemic and adipose tissue inflammation, a major factor in the etiology of many chronic diseases.

Johanna W. Lampe

Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Ph.D., 1990, Minnesota (St. Paul); RD, 1982, Minnesota (St. Paul)

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1124 Columbia
Box 358080, MP-702
fax: 206-667-5977
e-mail: jlampe@fhcrc.org
Faculty Bio | SciVal Experts Profile

Dr. Lampe's research interests relate to the mechanisms by which components of diet, particularly constituents of plant food, alter susceptibility to and risk of cancer. Her primary research activities include using controlled dietary interventions in humans to determine how individual variation in biochemical response to high-plant food diets (e.g., biotransformation enzyme modulation, colonic environment changes) may explain differences in disease risk. Her laboratory also measures isoflavones, lignans, and other biomarkers of plant-food intake for population-based studies.

Anne E. Lund

Lecturer, Epidemiology
MPH, 2005, University of Washington, RD, 2000, University of Wisconsin

Nutritional Sciences Program
324-C Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-221-4920; fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: ael4@uw.edu
Faculty Bio | SciVal Experts Profile

Anne Lund is the Director of the UW Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics. In addition to dietetic education, her interests include obesity prevention through school wellness policies, physical activity promotion and screen time reduction, and the relationship between school environments and student intake.

Jason A. Mendoza

Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Services
MD, 2001, Rush Medical College, MPH, 2006, University of Washington

University of Washington School of Medicine
2001 Eighth Ave, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98121
phone: 206-884-1261
e-mail: jason.mendoza@seattlechildrens.org

Dr. Mendoza's interests include racial/ethnic minorities/disparities, physical activity promotion (walking/biking to school), screen time (TV) reduction, food insecurity and relationship to outcomes of pediatric chronic disease (HIV and diabetes).


Marian L. Neuhouser

Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology
Core Faculty, Nutritional Sciences
Full Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
PhD, 1996, University of Washington
BS, 1980, University of California, Davis
Registered Dietitian

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Box 358080
Phone: 206-667-4797
e-mail: mneuhous@fhcrc.org
Faculty Bio | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Neuhouser's overall goals are to investigate the role of lifestyle factors, including diet, physical activity and energy balance, in the etiology and prevention of cancer. Her research portfolio includes a variety of observational and intervention studies focused on: 1) improving methods for dietary and physical activity assessment; 2) understanding the extent to which diet and physical activity patterns influence intermediate endpoints or biomarkers that may be on the causal pathway to cancer and; 3) investigating whether adoption or maintenance of specific lifestyle habits will decrease risk of cancer incidence, cancer recurrence or cancer-specific mortality. She focuses particularly on breast and prostate cancer.

Beth Ogata

Part-time Lecturer, Pediatrics
MS, RD, 1998, University of Washington

Center on Human Development and Disability
CD-458 Box 357920
phone: 206-598-1899; fax: 206-598-1915
Faculty Bio

Ms. Ogata's interests include pediatric nutrition, with an emphasis on children with genetic metabolic disorders and other special health care needs.

Jennifer J. Otten

Assistant Professor, Health Services
Postdoc, 2012, Stanford University
PhD, 2009, University of Vermont
MS, 1998, Tufts University
BS, 1995, Texas A&M University
RD, 1996, Massachusetts General Hospital

Nutritional Sciences Program
306-C Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-221-8233; fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: jotten@uw.edu
Faculty Bio

Dr. Otten's research interests include the impacts of public health policy, specifically nutrition and food policy, on health behavior and obesity prevention and reduction; efficacy and evaluation of public health and food policies; food systems research as it relates to food and nutrition policy; and, the effects of political psychology and political attention on communicating and spreading public health policy. Between 1998-2006, Dr. Otten served in various capacities for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., including as its Communications Director.

Jisun Paik

Research Assistant Professor, Comparative Medicine
PhD, 2000, University of Washington

Comparative Medicine
HSB, T-140Q
Box 357190
phone: 206-221-2682; 206-221-2572; fax: 206-685-3006
e-mail: jpaik@uw.edu

Dr. Paik studies Vitamin A and carotenoid metabolism; specifically how the conversion process of ß-carotene to vitamin A is regulated in our body.

Michael E. Rosenfeld

Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
School of Public Health
Professor, Pathology
School of Medicine
PhD, 1981, University of Wisconsin

319 Brotman Building
850 Republican Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Box 358050
phone: 206-543-1738; fax: 206-685-3662
e-mail: ssmjm@uw.edu
Faculty Bio | SciVal Experts Profile

Dr. Rosenfeld studies nutrition and cardiovascular disease, the role of nutrition in regulation of gene expression, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, and the pathology of atherosclerosis. The current focus of the Rosenfeld Lab is on the accelerated vascular disease associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Specifically, we are studying the potential roles of the bone related proteins osteoprotegerin, receptor activator of NFkB and receptor activator of NFkB ligand in mediating the accelerated vascular calcification and atherosclerosis that occur in people with chronic kidney disease. We are also doing proteomic and genomic discovery studies with macrophages from uremic humans and mice to unveil new therapeutic pathways for chronic kidney disease. Dr. Rosenfeld also studies the roles of air pollution exposure and respiratory infection on atherosclerosis.


Interdisciplinary Faculty

Ahmad, Suhail

Professor, Nephrology
MD, 1968, Allahabad, India

Dr. Ahmad's interests include the nutritional status of patients with end stage renal disease; pathogenesis, hypertension. Faculty Bio

Bornfeldt, Karin E.

Professor, Pathology
PhD, 1991, Linkoping University (Sweden)

Dr. Bornfeldt studies mechanisms whereby diabetes promotes cardiovascular disease in mouse models and at the cellular and molecular level, and how this can be prevented; effects of glucose, fatty acids, advanced glycation endproducts and insulin on monocytes/macrophages, endothelial cells, and arterial smooth muscle cells; intracellular signal transduction pathways. Faculty Bio

Chan, Lingtak-Neander

Associate Professor, Pharmacy
PharmD, 1996, University of Washington

Dr. Chan's interests include drug-nutrient interaction and the mechanism and regulation of intestinal nutrition absorption. Faculty Bio

Chang, Mary Y.

Lecturer, Comparative Medicine
PhD, 1991, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Chang's interests include defining the mechanisms and consequences of lipoprotein retention within the arterial wall as they relate to atherosclerosis and diabetic vascular disease.

Cummings, David E.

Professor, Medicine (Metabolism, Endocrinology, Nutrition).
MD, 1987, Harvard/M.I.T.

Dr. Cumming's interests include research on the endocrine regulation of appetite, body weight, and glucose homeostasis. Specific areas of study include the following: 1) Characterizing roles of the orexigenic hormone ghrelin in energy balance and glucose homeostasis; 2) Clarifying hormonal mechanisms that contribute to weight loss and especially diabetes resolution after bariatric/metabolic surgery; 3) Conducting randomized controlled clinical trials to determine the proper role for metabolic surgery in diabetes care, including among patients not obese enough to qualify for bariatric surgery based on their body weight. Faculty Bio

Delaney, Joseph A.C.

Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
PhD, 2008, McGill University

Dr. Delaney's research interests include nutrition/exercise and cardiovascular disease, exposure measurement and misclassification in food frequency questionnaires, epidemiological methods for complex exposures, and ethnic disparities in diet. Faculty Bio

Gorstein, Jonathan L.

Clinical Associate Professor, Global Health
PhD, 1994, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Dr. Gorstein's interests include design and implementation of interventions to control micronutrient malnutrition in developing countries, development of rapid tools to access micronutrient status in low resource settings, and supporting national nutrition programs for planning and strategy formation. Faculty Bio

Heinecke, Jay

Professor, Medicine (Metabolism, Endocrinology, Nutrition)
MD, 1981, Washington University

Dr. Heinecke's interests include understanding the role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of disease. Faculty Bio

Heitkemper, Margaret M.

Professor, Physiological Nursing
PhD, 1981, Illinois

Dr. Heitkemper's interests include the role of stress, dietary intake and ovarian hormones on GI symptoms and function in women with irritable bowel syndrome. Faculty Bio

Lipkin, Edward W.

Associate Professor Emeritus, Medicine (Metabolism, Endocrinology, Nutrrition)
PhD, 1977 MD, 1978, Case Western Reserve

Dr. Lipkin's interests include metabolism and clinical nutrition. Faculty Bio

Lovejoy, Jennifer

Affilitate Professor, Epidemiology
PhD 1988, Emory University

Dr. Lovejoy’s major research focus is behavioral interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Her research has included studies of lifestyle interventions for obesity, the effect of menopause on energy expenditure and weight gain, and technological approaches to delivering behavioral weight loss programs. She has also studied the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine approaches for managing diabetes, including research on qigong and mindfulness. Faculty Bio

Peters, Ulrike

Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology
PhD, 1998, University of Kiel (Germany), MPH, 1999, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Dr. Peters' interests include nutritional prevention of cancer, cancer epidemiology, molecular and genetic epidemiology, and gene-diet interactions. Faculty Bio | SciVal Experts Profile | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Schwartz, Michael W.

Professor, Medicine (Metabolism, Endocrinology, Nutrition)
MD, 1983, Rush Medical

Dr. Schwartz's interests include obesity, body weight regulation, hypothalamus, neuropeptide, leptin, insulin, neuropeptide Y, food intake, wasting, insulin sensitivity, corticotrophin releasing hormone, anorexia, and weight loss.

The lab of Dr. Michael Schwartz investigates mechanisms of normal and abnormal body weight regulation. Special emphasis is placed on the roles of insulin and leptin signaling in the brain in the control of food intake and body fat content, and on the specific brain pathways that mediate these effects. Specific projects include identification of intracellular signaling mechanisms involved in the response of hypothalamic neurons to insulin and leptin and mechanisms of hormone resistance induced in these neurons in association with the development of obesity. Faculty Bio

Scott, C. Ronald

Professor, Pediatric Genetics
MD, 1959, Washington

Dr. Scott's interests include biochemical genetics. Faculty Bio

Shell-Duncan, Bettina K.

Professor, Anthropology
PhD, 1994, Pennsylvania

Dr. Shell-Duncan's interests include nutritional anthropology, nutrition in the etiology of infectious disease, and nutrition-related immuno-suppression. Faculty Bio

Tinker, Lesley F.

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Family & Child Nursing
PhD, 1992, California (Davis), RD, 1976, Highland General, California

Dr. Tinker's interests include dietary change and maintenance of change, and lipid metabolism, particularly diet-induced changes in lipoproteins.

Vernez Moudon, Anne

Professor, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design & Planning
PhD, 1987, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr. Vernez Moudon's interests include built environment, active transport and health. Faculty Bio | SciVal Experts Profile

White, J. Emily

Professor, Epidemiology
PhD, 1982, Washington

Dr. White's interests include the relation between dietary supplements, diet and cancer. Faculty Bio | SciVal Experts Profile

Wilkens, Katy G.

Affiliate, Northwest Kidney Center
MS, 1986, RD, 1977, Washington

Ms. Wilkens' interests include nutrition in end-stage renal disease, anthropometric measurements, dialysis, diabetics on dialysis, renal bone disease, and polycystic kidney disease. Her research interests include most topics concerned with the nutritional physical status assessment of renal patients, particularly those on dialysis. She is interested in educational techniques to help with chronic non-compliance, and ways to evaluate effectiveness of educational techniques. Personal interests include medical anthropology, anthropometric measurement, and use of laboratory values to assess nutritional status. Other areas of interest include polycystic kidney disease, phosphorus and calcium metabolism in renal failure, and renal bone disease.

Clinical Faculty

Karen Barale MS, RD, CD, FADA

Clinical Associate Professor, Health Services
(Associate Professor - WSU Pierce County Extension Educator, Washington State University)
MS, 1980, University of Washington

Ms. Barale is a graduate of the University of Washington, earning her Masters of Science in Nutrition. She is currently an extension educator for Washington State University as well as a state leader for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. As a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a tenured faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University Extension, and a preceptor for four different internships over the past nine years, Ms. Barale brings a wealth of experience in nutrition education, adult learning theory, curriculum development as well as connection to local Extension opportunities for interns and students. She has provided internship rotations, 40-hour field experiences or 10-week MPH practicum for 12 students from the University of Washington since 2004.

Cheryl Davis, RD, CD, CNSC

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
(Inpatient Clinical Manager | Clinical Pediatric Dietitian, Seattle Children’s Hospital)
BS 2002, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Ms. Davis is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, earning her Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutrition/Dietetics. She is currently the Inpatient Nutrition Manager at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Ms. Davis is a pediatric dietitian working in the areas of GI, intestinal rehabilitation, and liver transplant. She has published work in the areas of glycemic control, growth hormone treatment, selenium deficiency and pediatric nutrition assessment. As the Inpatient Clinical Manager she oversees a staff of 25 Registered Dietitians and coordinates clinical placements of our students with her staff. She has provided multiple guest lectures in our acute care and pediatric nutrition graduate courses.

Alysun Deckert, MS, RD, CD, MHA

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
(Clinical Nutrition Manager, University of Washington Medical Center)
MS, 1994, University of Washington, Seattle; MHA, 2008 University of Washington, Seattle

Ms. Deckert has been a clinical dietitian at UWMC since 1992 focusing primarily on solid organ transplant (specifically liver, kidney, pancreas). She also has clinical dietetic expertise in the areas of renal, general surgery (including gastric bypass, whipple, and esophageal surgeries), otolaryngology, medical ICU, general medicine, obstetrics, and psychiatry. In 2011, she became the clinical manager overseeing the inpatient Registered Dietitians and Diet Techs.

Catherine Farver RDN, CD

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Health Services
(Director of Clinical Nutrition Services, Harborview Medical Center)
BS, 1980 – Eastern Washington University, Cheney

Ms. Farver is a graduate of the Eastern Washington University, earning her Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutrition. She is currently the Director of Nutrition and Foodservices Department at Harborview Medical Center. Ms. Farver has been a practicing Registered Dietitian for 33 years; working in medical centers specializing in the care of critically injured patients and in management of both clinical nutrition services and foodservices. She currently works in a large academic medical center which specializes in the care of trauma victims and the underserved of King County. Ms. Farver oversees the inpatient/outpatient clinical nutrition, inpatient food services, and retail operations including two cafeterias.

Sharon Feucht, MA, RD, CD

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
(Nutritionist, Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) & Editor, Nutrition Focus Newsletter for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Clinical Training Unit, University of Washington)
MA, 1983 – University of Washington, Seattle

Ms. Feucht is a graduate of the University of Washington, earning her Masters of Science in Nutrition. She is currently a Nutritionist at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD). Sharon Feucht supervises nutrition trainees in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program curriculum. Her clinical responsibilities include Child Development and High Risk Infant Follow-up Clinics. She is the Project Director of the Nutrition Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs contract from the state Title V Agency, providing training for the CSHCN Nutrition Network and Community Feeding Teams.

Patricia Fitch, RD, CD

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
(Clinical Dietitian, UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital and Medical Center)
BA, 1972 – Iowa State University, Ames

Ms. Fitch is a graduate of Iowa State University, earning her Bachelors of Science in Food & Nutrition. She is currently a clinical dietitian at Northwest Hospital / UW Medicine. Ms. Fitch is a clinical dietitian in the Intensive Care, Telemetry, Oncology and Surgical units at Northwest Hospital. She was with Kaiser Permanente in Portland for 8 years as an in-patient, out-patient, and research dietitian.

Storm Hodge

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
(Housing and Food Services – UW Dining, University of Washington)
BA, 1989 – Idaho State University, Pocatello

Storm Hodge graduated with his Bachelors of Arts from Idaho State University and currently leads UW Dining; a department of Housing and Food Services (HFS) at the University of Washington. With more than 25 years of campus dining, culinary and operations experience, Mr. Hodge is driven by the desire to bring the restaurant experience to college campuses. Before joining University of Washington's HFS leadership team, he worked for a global food contractor, where he was responsible for leading culinary training, systems implementation, kitchen design and retail restaurant brand development for more than 165 college and university campuses in the Western United States. He has also served as a key member of a national menu development team and has taught in partnership at the Culinary Institute of America.

Mary Podrabsky, MPH

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
MPH, 2007 - University of Washington, Public Health Nutrition


Mary has served as the Director of School and Community Initiatives at the University of Washington-Center for Public Health Nutrition since 2007. In this role, she works with school districts, public health, researchers, and community organizations toward the development, implementation and evaluation of policy and environmental approaches to reduce obesity. Funders include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CDC, NIH, and the Washington State Department of Health. 


Mary completed her dietetic internship at Rush Medical Center in Chicago and received her Master in Public Health from the University of Washington in 2007.



Barb Pyper, MS, RD, SNS, FCSI

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
(Owner, An Apple a Day & Executive Director, Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic, & Executive Director, Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
MS, 1978 – Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland

Ms. Pyper is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, earning her Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She is currently the owner of An Apple a Day, Executive Director of the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Executive Director, Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ms. Pyper has extensive training in food safety, culinary/recipe development, management, customer service, managing transition and total quality management. She has served as the director in large volume food service operations in both colleges and in health care. She was an adjunct professor of food systems management at Seattle Pacific University for 17 years. She is now the owner of An Apple a Day, LLC. Ms. Pyper also serves as the Executive Director for two state dietetic associations (Washington & Oregon) and three dietetic practice groups.

Peggy Starr RD, CD

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
(Clinical Dietitian, UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center)
BS, 1975 – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Ms. Starr is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Louis Obispo, earning her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and Food Administration. She is currently a Clinical Dietitian with UW Medicine at Valley Medical Center. Ms. Starr began her career in Dietetics in a private practice in Great Falls, MT where she was a consultant for WIC, Head Start, Aging Services Senior Nutrition Program, and a skilled nursing facility. After her transition to a position in clinical dietetics at the local hospital, Ms. Starr relocated to Seattle and worked for close to three years at Northwest Hospital before joining the clinical team at Valley Medical Center. Initially Ms. Starr was assigned to the transitional care unit and has since become the Registered Dietitian covering the adult medicine oncology units.

Judy Simon, MS, RD, CD, CHES

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
(Clinic Dietitian, University of Washington Medical Center, Roosevelt Clinic)
MS, 1988 – University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Ms. Simon is a graduate of University of Illinois, earning her Masters of Science in Community Health Education. She is currently a Clinical Dietitian with UW Medicine. Ms. Simon completed her BS in Nutrition and Medical Dietetics in 1982 and has spent her entire career in the field of dietetics. Over the years she has been employed at community and teaching hospitals, campus health facilities and primary care clinics. She has mentored and taught dietetic interns at the University of Illinois, Mid Michigan Regional Medical Center, and the University of Washington. For nearly 12 years Ms. Simon has mentored 1-4 students per year at the University of Washington Medical Center, lectured to numerous interns during their graduate coursework, and mentored student projects. Since 2010, she has been the instructor for Nutrition Counseling for Chronic Disease (NUTR 560).



Close Up - A Look at the People of SPH: Jennifer Otten

Jennifer Otten, Assistant Professor and expert on food systems, is featured in April's SPH Close Up.  How much food do we throw away?  About one out of every four grocery bags, says food expert Jennifer Otten.  Find out what we can do to reduce our waste: http://ow.ly/LYMcm


Healthy Nutrition: From Farm to Fork
Jamie Bachaus, NSP MPH student, and Jennifer Otten, NSP Assistant Professor, guest authored the March 2015 issue of Elevate Health, the quarterly research digest of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The issue explores the link between public health and food systems and looks at recent evidence on how the US food system impacts such things as food availability, affordability, and quality.
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Faculty Postions Available The Nutritional Sciences Program and Department of Health Services are accepting applications to fill positions at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (WOT). Position Announcement & Application Instructions



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