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Lauri Y Wright

Associate Professor

Nutrition & Dietetics | Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Food insecurity, HIV disease, program outcomes research, international nutrition.


Dr. Lauri Wright received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from The Ohio State University. She completed the coordinated master’s degree/dietetic internship at Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland VA Hospital and her PhD from USF


Dr. Wright worked as a clinical dietitian at the Tampa VA Hospital for more than 15 years, specializing in infectious disease. She began and directed the dietetic internship at Bay Pines VA Hospital. After completing her doctorate degree, Dr. Wright directed the master's/dietetic internship program at the University of North Florida. While at UNF, her work with HIV moved to the community and food insecurity. Dr. Wright then joined the faculty of the College of Public Health at University of South Florida as an assistant professor where her research focused on food insecurity and its health impact, HIV nutrition and global nutrition. Dr. Wright is an Academy Media Spokesperson, Delegate to the Academy House, and a past-president of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Grants and Contracts Awarded

  • Center for Nutrition and Food Security: Food Recovery Programs. DuBow Family Foundation grant for $125,000. 2019.
  • Establishment of the Northeast Florida Hunger Network. Funded by the Community Foundation grant for $150,000. 2019.
  • Hearts and More: A Comprehensive Nutrition Program for Heart Failure Patients with Malnutrition. US Grant for $5000. 2019.
  • Expanding Meals on Wings to New Town Success Zone. Jim Moran Foundation for $50,000. 2019.
  • Food as Medicine for Food Insecure Diabetics. Funded by UF Health Jacksonville Internal Grant for $15,000 ($5,000 researcher’s portion). 2018.
  • Positive Nutrition. Funded by NFAN Ryan White Part A for $9,000. 2018.
  • Nutritional Management of Heart Failure Patients with Malnutrition: A Healthcare Delivery Model to Decrease Hospital Readmissions. Funded by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Hertzler Grant for $15,000. 2018.
  • Meals on Wings. Funded by UNF Center for Community Engagement Research Faculty Fellowship for $4500. 2018.
  • Healthy Vending Intervention. Funded by American Heart Association for $5000. 2018.
  • Meals on Wings: A home delivered meal program to improve the nutritional health and wellbeing of seniors and empathy and social responsibility of student volunteers. Funded by US Healthy Innovations Grant for $5,000. 2018.
  • Adaptive Feeding Intervention and Monitoring Program for Infants with Congenital Zika Syndrome. Funded by UNF Foundation grant for $23,000. 2017.
  • Farm-to-Fork: evaluation of a produce food assistance program. Funded by Alleghany Foundation grant for $225,000. 2016.
  • Establishment of a Community-Based Nutrition and Food Assistance Program for PLWHA residing in Duval County. Funded by Brooks College of Health Dean’s Research Professorship grant for $52,000. 2016.

Publications & Presentations

Wright L, Konlan M, Epps J. Nutrition Risk and Validation of a HIV Disease-Specific Nutrition Screening Tool in Ghana. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2019:1-5.

Chee, V., Teran, E., Wright, L., Reina-Ortiz, M., Bejarano, S., Izurieta, R., Martinez-Tyson, “Desculturización”, urbanization and the nutrition transition among urban Kichwas indigenous communities residing in the Andes highlands of Ecuador. Public Health, special issue on Indigenous Health. 2019. Accepted for publication.

Watts G, Wright L. Can multiple illnesses plus HIV trigger integrated care? Global Journal of Reproductive Medicine. 2019;6(5):001-006.

Wright L, Epps J. Development and validation of a HIV disease-specific screening tool. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 2019. Accepted for publication.

Wright L, Stallings-Smith S, Arikawa A. Associations between food insecurity and prediabetes in a representative sample of U.S. adults. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 2018;148:130-136.

Wright L, Serrano Arce K, Himmelgreen D, Epps J. Farm2Fork: Use of the Health Belief Model to Increase Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Food Pantry Participants. Journal of      Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2018;14:252-261.    

Willig A, Wright L, Galvin TA . Nutrition and HIV Disease: Practice Paper. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  2018;188:486-498.

Wright L, GuptaP, Yoshihara K. Accessibility and Affordability of Healthy Foods in food deserts in Florida: Policy and Practice Implications. Florida Public Health Review. 2018;15;98-103.

Wright, L and Epps, J. BackPacks: A Program Improving Children’s Readiness to Learn and Family Food Security. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 2018;33(1):16-22.

Wright L, Gupta P. Situational nutritional analysis of Idumishmi tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, North-East India. Journal of Food Security. 2017;5(4): 113-119.  

Patel R, Wright L, Hay B., Rethinking transitions of care: An interprofessional transfer triage protocol in post-acute care. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2017;31(5):648-651.

Wright L, Vance L, Vann C, Bracht L, Epps J. A Community-University Partnership to      Improve Access of Fresh Produce to Homebound Seniors. Florida Public Health Review, 2017;14:56-59.

Luke S, Wright L, Kirby R. Postpartum weight retention and subsequent pregnancy outcomes. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing. 2016. DOI:

Wright L, Vance L, Sudduth, C and Epps, J. The impact of home-delivered meal program on nutritional risk, dietary intake, food security, loneliness, and social well-being. Journal of      Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2015;34:218-227.

Contact Information

Building 39, Room 3051

(904) 620-1436