• Ph.D., Continuing and Vocational Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2003
  • Neonatal Nutrition Fellow, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN, April – July, 1991
  • M.S., Food Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI, 1990
  • B. S., Dietetics, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI, 1988



  • Nutrition and its relationship to all aspects of health
  • Motivational Interviewing and learning of counseling skills
  • Nutrition education for community members
  • Best teaching and learning practices in undergraduate education
  • Qualitative analysis of nutrition related behaviors


Professional Service:

  • Chair, Retention, Tenure & Promotion Committee, HHP Department, Fall 2018- present
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, member, Course Learning Evaluation Committee, University level, 2018 – present
  • Chattanooga Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President, 2019 - 2020
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Classroom Technology Committee Member, Fall 2013 - 2014
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Program Reviewer, Fall 2012 – Spring 2015
  • Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Member, 2006 - present


Community Engagement:

  • Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist Consultant Member: COMPASS grant, 2014-2017, School of Nursing, Care of the pregnant woman, child, and older adult, UTC
    • Trained family nurse practitioner, physical health and dietetic students in related nutrition/counseling areas and participate in delivery of programs to community members
    • Trained graduate students and dietetic students for summers 2016 and 2017 for eight weeks at Boys and Girls Club for nutrition content delivery