Work Leverton Hall (LEV) 119A
Lincoln NE 68583-0806
Work 402-472-3716 On campus, dial 2-3716
I received my Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a major in nutrition and minor in anthropology. I am a registered dietitian and received my Master and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I am a Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences.


  • Ph D, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2009
  • MS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006
  • BS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2003

icon-documentPublications and Other Intellectual Contributions

  • Engaging Rural Community Members with Food Policy Councils to Improve Food Access: Facilitators and Barriers, JOURNAL OF HUNGER & ENVIRONMENTAL NUTRITION
  • Development of the iCook 4-H Curriculum for Youth and Adults: Cooking, Eating, and Playing Together for Childhood Obesity Prevention, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, March 2019
  • Gardening Experience is associated with Increased Fruit and Vegetable Intake among First Year College Students: A Cross-sectional Examination, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, February 2018
  • Food-Related Behavior and Intake of Adult Main Meal Preparers of 9-10 Year-Old Children Participating in iCook 4-H: A Five-State Childhood Obesity Prevention Pilot Study, Appetite, June 2016
  • Perceptions of body habitus and cultural health among Hispanic adults, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, August 2015
  • Utilizing short- and long-term evaluation to measure the impact of a long-standing, multi-state educational venue, Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2014
  • Changing food behavior through an email newsletter, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, February 2014

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • Early Professional Achievement Award, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior , 2019
  • Omtvedt Innovation Award for Extension, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2018
  • 1st Place National Winner: Social Networking Team Award, National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, 2015
  • Emerging Dietetic Leader, Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2015
  • Innovation in Team Programming Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, 2014
  • Extension New Employee Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension , 2012

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