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Department Chair

Dr. 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)

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 the founding director of the Center for Nutrition and Food Security where she directs two food recovery-meal programs; One for PLWHA (Food Fighters) and the other for homebound seniors (Meals on Wings). Dr. Wright is an Academy Media Spokesperson, Delegate to the Academy House, and a past-president of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Education: 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

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

Associate Dean

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

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




Dr. Catherine Christie is Associate Dean and Professor in the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. She earned her Masters and Ph.D. in nutrition from Florida State University and is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian, Fellow of the Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Christie is also co-author of four books including The Latino Food Lover’s Glossary, Fat is Not Your FateEat to Stay Young and I’d Kill for a Cookie and serves as Editor of the Manual of Medical Nutrition Therapy which is published by the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and updated each year.  Prior to coming to UNF, she owned and operated Nutrition Associates, Inc., a nutrition consulting practice. 


Dr. Christie is the recipient of several awards including Florida’s Distinguished Dietitian, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award, and the Excellence in Practice Award for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. She currently serves on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors as Treasurer Elect, Chairs the Ethics Committee and represents the Academy BOD on the Consumer Protection and Licensure Committee. She was recently elected by the UNF faculty as the university’s Distinguished Professor for 2017-2018. 

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

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