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Press Release for Wednesday, August 23, 2017

UNF Presents 2017 Distinguished Professor Award at Fall Convocation

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida will present Dr. Catherine Christie, associate dean and nutrition professor in the Brooks College of Health, the 2017 Distinguished Professor award during the 46th annual fall Convocation ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25, in the Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall, Building 45, on campus.

Christie, a Southside resident, is the 40th faculty member at UNF to hold the title of Distinguished Professor, the highest honor to be conferred upon a University faculty member.

“Cathy demonstrates those qualities we celebrate in the UNF Distinguished Professor: boundless energy, limitless passion for her discipline and her students, an active researcher and a strong sense of community,” said Dr. Earle Traynham, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.

Before coming to UNF in 2011, Christie was an endocrine dietitian, private practice nutrition business owner and practitioner as well as a continuing education provider for health professionals, writing and delivering six-hour continuing education courses. Since coming to UNF, she has served as the Master’s Dietetic Internship director, Nutrition Program director, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Graduate Nutrition Program director and currently as associate dean of the Brooks College of Health.

Her research has focused on overweight and obesity prevention/treatment, nutrition in chronic disease prevention/treatment and inter-professional collaboration in education and health care. Christie has co-authored four books, including “The Latino Food Lover’s Glossary,” “Fat Is Not Your Fate,” “Eat To Stay Young” and “I’d Kill For A Cookie,” plus multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. She’s the editor of the Manual of Medical Nutrition Therapy, which is updated and published annually by the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Christie is past president of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and recently served on the board of directors for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. She served for six years as chairman of the Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council, which regulates the nutrition profession in Florida. Christie has been active in service to community-based programs and agencies, currently serving on the board of the American Heart Association First Coast Affiliate and as treasurer of the North Florida Area Health Education Centers.

She’s the recipient of numerous awards, including Florida’s Distinguished Dietitian, Florida Dietetic Association Outstanding Service Award, the American Dietetic Association Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award, Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President’s Mentor Award and the Academy of Nutrition and the Dietetics Excellence in Practice Award for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, to name a few.

A registered dietitian, Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Fellow of the Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association, Christie earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in food and nutrition from Florida State University as well as a bachelor’s degree in home economics education, also from FSU.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.