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Judith Rodriguez

Professor and Chair Emerita

Honors | Academic Affairs Division

Areas of Expertise

"A life goal to serve with compassion, integrity, and competence."  — Judith Rodriguez


Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Licensed (FL)

Education, food and culture, health disparities, cultural competency, food security, Latino and other minority health and nutrition issues, professional service and leadership.



"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."  — Malcolm X


1979-1988 Rutgers, The State University. The Graduate School, Department of Anthropology. Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology. Food and Culture.

1976-1977 New York University (NYU), Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. M.A., Nutrition and Higher Education.

1973-1974 Beth Israel Hospital, Boston Ma. Dietetic Internship.

1969-1973 NYU. Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. B.S., Nutrition and Dietetics.


"I am life, I am strength, I am woman."  — Julia de Burgos


1988-Present University of North Florida (now Emeritus)

1981-2007 Variety of Consulting Assignments

1980-1990 Adjunct and part time Teaching

1973-1980 Clinical and Community Nutrition


"Awards are really about the people who helped you get where you are. I can never forget to be grateful, which is the truly important thing."  — Judith Rodriguez


2015  Medallion Award, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

2013  UNF Distinguished Professor

2010  President, American Dietetic Association ( Now the Academy of Nutrition and     Dietetics/AND)

2011  Girl Scouts of Gateway Council Women of Distinction Recognition

2008  Jacksonville Women of Color Cultural Foundation Recognition, Education

2008  Brooks College of Health Service Award

2004  University of North Florida Service Award

2003  HACE (Hispanics Achieving Community Excellence) Award, Education

2001  Florida Dietetic Association Distinguished Dietitian


"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."  — Mahatma Ghandi


First Coast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Dietetic Educators of Practitioners, AND Practice Group

LAHIDAN (Latinos/Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition)

Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Spain), Honorary Member

Grants and Contracts Awarded

"I never lose. I either win or learn."  — Nelson Mandela


2014 Wilder, J. Johnson, C. Rodriguez, J. UNF Institute on Race Relations, Human Difference, and Community Reconciliation. UNF. $30,000


2013  Janson, C. and Rodriguez, J. CHS Life Skills for Abused and Neglected Teen Girls. Childress Foundation. $25,000


2011 Rodriguez, J. and Christie, C. Powerful Girls Rock! US, University of North Florida. $5,000


2010 Correa-Matos, N and Rodriguez, J. University of North Florida Transformational Learning Grant: Spanish Immersion in Nutrition Education: Improving cultural competency with a student exchange program in nutrition education from Jacksonville to San Juan, PR., UNF $11, 000.


2009-2010 Duval County Health Department Sociocultural Aspects of Nutrition and Nutrition Assessment In-Service and Training. 34,229.00 (External)


2008 Christie, C, Watkins, J, Rodriguez, J. International Undergraduate Grant Proposal for Travel to Belize. UNF Student and International Affairs. UNF $10,000


2008 Christie, C, Watkins, J, Rodriguez, J. International Graduate Grant Proposal for Travel to Belize. UNF Student and International Affairs. UNF $5,000


2008 Weerts, S., Correa-Matos, N., Rodriguez, J., Perkin, J., Watkins, J.A.. UNF Nutrition Faculty Proposal for Manual of Medical Nutrition Therapy Reviewer. Florida Dietetic Association. $7,500. (External)


2007 Rodriguez, J, Correa-Matos. N. UNF’s HOPE: Media Campaign to Raise Obesity Awareness and Prevention. DCHD $10,000. (External)


2007 Correa-Matos, N., Rodriguez, J. UNF’s HOPE: Nutrition Education through a religious based setting. DCHD (External) $7,559.


2007 Christie, C, Watkins, J, Rodriguez, J. International Faculty Grant Proposal for Travel to Belize. UNF Student and International Affairs. $2,500. (External)


Sp2007 Rodriguez, J. DPH Research Release, Spring 2007. $6, 459. (Internal)


2006 Christie, C, Weerts, S, Watkins, J., Correa-Matos, N, Perkin, J., Rodriguez, J, Santibanez, D. UNF Nutrition Faculty Proposal for FL Manual of MNT. Reviewer. $12,500. (External)


2006 Kempannien, J, Rodriguez, J, Christie, C. Transformational Learning Opportunity – Belize. UNF. $27,200. (Internal)


2005 Correa-Matos, N, Christie, C, Rodriguez, J. UNF/VIM Initiative to Combat Metabolic Syndrome in Adults of Northeast Florida UNF $6,000.


2004 Rodriguez, J. Aetna – Hispanic Health Series. AETNA $42,000. (External)


2004 Christie, C, Rodriguez, J. UNF/VIM Community Partnership to Combat Obesity/Health Risks UNF $9,700.

Publications & Presentations

"I am among those who think that science has great beauty."  — Marie Curie


2019 Harris, WS, Jackson, KH, Brenna, JT, Rodriguez, JC, Tintle, NL, Cornish, L. Survey of the erythrocyte EPA+DHA levels in the heart attack/stroke belt. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids. 148:30-34.


2016 Yu, Z, Jahan-Mihan, A, Labyak, CA, Sealey-Potts, C, Christie, C, Rodriguez, J. Seabrooks-Blackmore, JJ, Patterson, K, Patterson, R. Duval County 2009, 2011, and 2013 YRBS Fruit and Vegetable Intake by Health Zone: Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. FL PH Review 13, 29-36 (2016)


2016 Labyak, CA, Jahan-Mihan, A, Patterson, R., Rodriguez, J, Seabrooks-Blackmore, JJ, Patterson, K, Yu, Z, Christie, C, Sealey-Potts, C. Fruit, Vegetable and Beverage Consumption in Duval County Middle School Students: Youth Risk Behavior Survey. 2009-2013. FL PH Review 13, 99-107 (2016)


2015 Yu, Z. Sealey-Potts, C, Rodriguez, J. Practice Applications: Dietary Self-Monitoring in Weight Management: Current Evidence on Efficacy and Adherence. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. DOI:10.1016/j.jand.2015.04.005


2014 Gerardo Colón-Otero,G, Albertie, M, Rodríguez, J, Nicholson, G, Kolomeyer, I, Moreno-Aspitia, A, Lesperance, M, Perez EA. 2014. A Church-Based, Spanish-Language Community Education Breast Health Program Increases Awareness and Utilization of Breast Diagnostic Services Among Hispanics. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 18 (1):43-60.


2014 Christie, C, Rodriguez, J. 2014. Conhecimentos em Saude e Matematica Basica Como Transmitir Uma Mensagem Efetiva Sobre Nutricao. (Health Literacy and Numeracy: How to Achieve Effective Nutrition Messaging. Nutricao em Pauta. 124 (1):6-10


2/2013 Perkin, JE and Rodriguez J. (2013) More Lit Can Fit: Using non-traditional literature in dietetics education to enhance cultural competence, cultural literacy, and critical thinking.
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 113(6): 757-761.


Mar/ Ap 2013 Rodriguez, JC, Christie, C Increasing Cultural Competence In a Shrinking World." Nutrição Em Pauta 21:3-7.


May 2012 Clemens, R, Kranz, S, Mobley, AR, Nicklas, TA, Raimondi, MP, Rodriguez, JC, Slavin, JL, Warshaw, H. Filling America's Fiber Intake Gap: Summary of a Roundtable to Probe Realistic Solutions with a Focus on Grain-Based Foods. Journal of Nutrition,142(7):1390S-1490S.


2012 Rodriguez, J. & Christie, C. (March/April 2012) Identifying Community Assets for Effective Nutrition Planning (Avaliando o Ambiente de uma Comunidade do ponto de vista da Nutrição). Nutrição Em Pauta 113: 3-10.


2009 Watkins, J., Christie, C., Rodriguez, J., Torres, M., Brown, K. The Dynamics of Globalization and Non-Communicable Disease Risk in a Sample of Culturally Diverse Belizeans International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 4(3):.35-46.


2009 Khan, S., Watkins, J., Rodriguez, J.C., Christie, C. Health Implications Associated with Food Intake Patterns of Belizeans. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 24 (1):73-81.


2008 Rodriguez, J.C., Beverly, L., Correa-Matos, N. Development and Pilot Testing of a Low Literacy Handout for Hispanic/Latino Caregivers to Promote Breastfeeding and Introduce Age Appropriate Foods for Infants. Florida Public Health Review, 2008; 5:93-94.


2006 Santibanez DJ ; Rodriguez JC ; Wilburn ST. Hispanic/Latino health issues seminars: a holistic approach to increasing cultural competency among health care professionals. J Nutr Educ Behav 2006 Sep-Oct; 38(5): 319-20.


2006 Henao JC ; Rodriguez J ; Wilburn ST. Salsa y Salud: increasing healthy lifestyle awareness through a radio-based initiative. Journal of nutrition education and behavior (J Nutr Educ Behav) 2006 Jul-Aug; 38(4): 267-8


2003  Rodriguez, J., Sen, P., Boyette, M. (2003). Collaboration in Education: Freshmen Interest Groups Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior; 35(1):46-47.


2002 Perkin, J.E., Wilson, W.J., Schuster K., Rodriguez, J., Allen-Chabot, A. (2002). Prevalence of nonvitamin, nonmineral supplement usage among university students. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 102(3). 412-414


2000 Rodriguez, J. (2000). Web Page and Online Response Activities in an Undergraduate Nutrition Education Course. Journal of Nutrition Education. 32(2);119B


2000 Rodriguez, J., Brown, G. (2000). On-line Mentoring in an Undergraduate Nutrition Education Course." Journal of Nutrition Education. 32(1);60B


Consumer- Books


2014 Rodriguez, J, Ed. 200 Surefire Ways to Eat Well and Feel Better. Four Winds Press.


2009 Rodriguez, J, Santibanez, D, Christie, C, Correa-Matos, N. The Latino Food Lover’s Glossary. Tallahassee: Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Publ.


2007 Rodriguez, J. The Diet Selector. NY: Running Press, Publ.


2004 Rodriguez, Judith. Contemporary Nutrition For Latinos. 2nd Ed. Lincoln: Iuniverse Star.


2003 Rodriguez, Judith. Contemporary Nutrition For Latinos. Lincoln:Iuniverse.

Contact Information

(904) 620-1289