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Department of Nutrition & Dietetics


The University of North Florida Nutrition and Dietetics Department engages and transforms students and faculty into valued nutrition and health professionals who make significant contributions to their communities through discovery of new knowledge and commitment to service.


The University of North Florida Nutrition and Dietetics undergraduate and graduate programs are committed to transforming students into valued professionals through the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors essential for lifelong learning.


The BS/DPD and MS/DI programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400. Students wishing to become registered dietitians will also need to complete a post-baccalaureate degree experience in an ACEND accredited internship (supervised practice) program and pass a national registration exam. Internships are competitive in nature and range from 6 months to 2 years in length. Most of these programs require that applicants utilize a centralized computer matching process called D&D Digital.

Community-Based Transformational Learning (CBTL)

The University of North Florida Nutrition and Dietetics undergraduate and graduate programs are community-based transformational learning programs. Community-based transformational learning refers to intentionally designed, coordinated and executed learning experiences in community-based settings that enhance participants' academic learning, contribute to their personal growth and increase their civic engagement while concurrently benefiting the community or communities in which these activities are embedded.


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Center for Nutrition and Food Security

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Meet our Department!

Department Chair

Lauri Wright Headshot Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LD/N

Assistant Professor, Chair and DCN Co-Director | Ph: (904) 620-1436 | Office: 39/3026 (inside 39/3025)

Research Interests: Food insecurity, HIV disease, program outcomes research, international nutrition.

Associate Dean

Catherine Christie Headshot

Catherine Christie, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FAND

Associate Dean | Ph: (904) 620-2810 | Office: 39/3031

Research Interests: Overweight and obesity prevention and treatment, nutrition in chronic disease prevention and treatment, and interprofessional collaboration in education and healthcare.

Program Directors

Andrea Arikawa Headshot Andrea Arikawa, PhD, MPH, RDN

Associate Professor, DCN Co-Director | Ph: (904) 620-1433 | Office: 39/3027 (inside 39/3025)

Research Interests: Basic science and laboratory work, clinical trials and translation of research findings to a community setting and public health. The primary area of interest is nutrition and lifestyle modification as it relates to inflammation, oxidative stress, and chronic disease, especially obesity and cancer, and the relationship between the gut microflora and dietary factors.

Claudia Sealey-Potts Headshot

Claudia Sealey-Potts, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FAND

Associate Professor and MS/DI & ISPP Director | Ph: (904) 620-1429 | Office: 39/3061

Research Interests: Chronic disease prevention in children and pre-school nutrition.

Jacqueline Shank Headshot

Jacqueline Shank, MS, RDN, LD/N

Senior Instructor and Undergraduate Program Director | Ph: (904) 620-2328 | Office: 39/3014

Research Interests: Nutrition Education, Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Food Science and recipe modification with functional ingredients.

Zhiping Yu Headshot

Zhiping Yu, PhD, RDN, LD/N

Associate Professor and Online MS Nutrition Program Director | Ph: (904) 620-1442 | Office: 39/3044 (inside 3042)

Research Interests: Obesity, childhood obesity, eating disorders, chronic disease prevention.


Judith Rodriguez Headshot Judith Rodriguez, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FADA

Professor| Ph: (904) 620-1700 | Office: 39/3051

Research Interests: Food and culture, nutrition education, health disparities, cultural competency.

Andrea Altice Headshot

Andrea Altice, MS, RDN, LD/N

Instructor and Food Lab Coordinator | Ph: (904) 620-5044 | Office: 39/3013

Research Interests: Nutrition Education.

Alireza Jahan-mihan Headshot

Alireza Jahan-mihan, PhD, RDN

Associate Professor | Ph: (904) 620-5359 | Office: 39/3057

Research Interests: Bioactive components and disease prevention and treatment, development, adulthood, aging, metabolic syndrome, nutrigenomics.

Corinne Labyak Headshot

Corinne Labyak, PhD, RDN

Assistant Professor | Ph: (904) 620-5725 | Office: 39/3055

Research Interests: Childhood obesity, anthropometrics, and prevention of obesity and cardiometabolic disease.

Jill Snyder Headshot

Jill Snyder, MSH, RDN, LD/N

Instructor and HUN2201 Coordinator | Ph: (904) 620-1468 | Office: 39/3029

Research Interests: Eating disorders, intuitive eating, counseling.

Kristen Hicks-Roof Headshot

Kristen Hicks-Roof, PhD, RD, LD

Assistant Professor | Ph: (904) 620-1700 | Office: 39/3058A

Research Interests: Nutrition Education for Healthcare Professionals, Online Continuing Education, Interprofessional Collaboration on Nutrition Services.

Jen Ross Headshot

Jen Ross, MSH, RDN, LD/N

Instructor |Ph: (904) 620-5231|Office: 39/3072

Research Interests: Nutrition Counseling and education, intuitive eating, Health at Every Size, food insecurity, health disparities.

Visiting Instructors

Melissa Baron