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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.



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Department Chair

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

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

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


Associate Dean

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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


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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.


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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.


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Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LD/N

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


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


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Zhiping Yu, PhD, RDN, LD/N 

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


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




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Andrea Altice, MS, RDN, LD/N 

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


Research Interests: Nutrition Education.



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Andrea Arikawa, PhD, MPH, RDN 

Assistant Professor | 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.

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Jenna Braddock, MSH, CSSD, RDN 

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


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

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Alireza Jahan-mihan, PhD, RDN 

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


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


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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.


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Jill Snyder, MSH, RDN, LD/N

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


Research Interests: Eating disorders, intuitive eating, counseling.


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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