Department of Nutrition & Dietetics

Vision

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.

Mission

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.

Accreditation

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 2000, 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.

 

 

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Department Chair

 

 

 

 

 

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

Professor and Chair

jrodrigu@unf.edu | Ph: (904) 620-1700 | Office: 39/3051

 

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

 

 

Program Directors 

 

 

 

 

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

Associate Dean and MS Nutrition Program Director

c.christie@unf.edu | 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Associate Professor and MS/DI  & ISPP Director

c.sealey-potts@unf.edu | Ph: (904) 620-1429 | Office: 39/3061

 

Research Interests: Attenuation of chronic diseases (obesity, diabetes and hypertension) in children, adolescent, and adults.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacqueline Shank, MS, RDN, LD/N

Senior Instructor and Undergraduate Program Director

jshank@unf.edu | Ph: (904) 620-2328 | Office: 39/3014

 

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

 

Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LD/N

Assistant Professor and DCN Director

l.wright@unf.edu | Ph: (904) 620-1436 | Office: 39/3026 (inside 39/3025)

 

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

 

 

Faculty 

 

 

 

Andrea Altice, MS, RDN, LD/N

Instructor and Food Lab Coordinator

aaltice@unf.edu | Ph: (904) 620-5044 | Office: 39/3013

 

Research Interests: Nutrition Education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Arikawa, PhD, MPH, RDN

Assistant Professor

andrea.arikawa@unf.edu | 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenna Braddock, MSH, CSSD, RDN

Instructor and Community Coordinator

j.braddock@unf.edu | Ph: (904) 620-5231 | Office: 39/3072

 

Research Interests: Community-based learning, entrepreneurship, sports nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition education

 

 

 

 

 

Alireza Jahan-mihan, PhD, RDN

Assistant Professor

alireza.jahan-mihan@unf.edu | Ph: (904) 620-5359 | Office: 39/3057

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Corinne Labyak, PhD, RDN

Assistant Professor

c.labyak@unf.edu | Ph: (904) 620-5725 | Office: 39/3055

 

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

 

 

Frances Siver, MS, RDN, LD/N

ISPP Coordinator

f.siver@unf.edu | Ph: (904) 620-5164 | Office: 39/3056A

 

Research Interests: Nutrition Intervention targeting Inflammation and Oxidation, Vitamin D, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Approaches to Disease Prevention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill Snyder, MSH, RDN, LD/N

Instructor and HUN2201 Coordinator

jill.snyder@unf.edu | Ph: (904) 620-1468 | Office: 39/3029

 

Research Interests: Eating disorders, intuitive eating, counseling.

 

Zhiping Yu, PhD, RDN, LD/N

Assistant Professor

z.yu@unf.edu | Ph: (904) 620-1442 | Office: 39/3060

 

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