University of Vermont

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Faculty - Jean Harvey, Chair

Jean Harvey, PhD, RD, Chair, Professor

  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 1991
  • MS, Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University, 1984
  • BS, Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University, 1981
  • Dr. Harvey's C.V.


Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Advisors, Well Balance Weight Management Program
  • Board of Advisors, Survivorship NOW
  • The Obesity Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Area of expertise

Behavioral weight control and lifestyle modification

Contact Information

Phone: 802-656-0668

Office Location: 250 MLS Carrigan Wing

Office Hours: by appointment


Jean Harvey teaches people how to change their lifestyles in ways that help them to eat less and move more, which ultimately leads to weight loss of a lasting kind. For her personally, "moving" involves running, biking, swimming and skiing.

She is not only the department chair, her appointment is in both the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences and UVM Medical College. She was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to Australia in August 2012.

She is well known as the founder of the famed VTrim online weight-liss program. Her book, the "Eating Well Diet", co-authored with the editors of "Eating Well" magazine, won the James Beard Foundation book award in the Healthy Focus category in 2008.

Professional Interests:

Jean Harvey is a renowned expert on behavioral weight management programs, particularly Internet-based interventions for weight loss and weight maintenance. She also researches the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, weight loss interventions for coronary patients and breast cancer survivors. Professor Harvey`s Internet-based weight-loss research program gained international media attention when it showed that it helped Vermont participants to lose an average of 21 pounds in 6 months. Now, on a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Harvey is collaborating with colleagues at the University of Arkansas to investigate the efficacy of her online behavior weight loss on a larger, more diverse sample.

  • NFS 063: Obesity, Weight Control & Fitness
  • NFS 295: Food Culture and Health: The Case of Oaxaca
Recent Publications
  • Pope EF, Harvey-Berino J. Burn and Earn: Incentivizing Exercise During Fall Semester For College First-Year Students. Preventive Medicine. 2013 Mar;56(3-4):197-201. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.12.020. Epub 2013 Jan 4.

  • Carson TL, Eddings KE, Krukowski RA, Love SA, Harvey-Berino J, and West DS. Examining Social Influence on Participation and Outcomes among a Network of Behavioral Weight-Loss Intervention Enrollees. Journal of Obesity Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 480630

  • Krukowski, R. A., Harvey-Berino, J., Bursac, Z., Ashikaga, T.,& West, D. S. Patterns of Success: Online Self-Monitoring in a Web-Based Behavioral Weight Control Program. Health Psychology. (2013) 32(2):164-170.

  • Dunn-Carver M., Pope E., Dorwaldt A., Flynn B., Dana G., Harvey-Berino J. Maples: An Evaluation of a Preschool Physical Activity Curriculum.  Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2013. DOI: 10.4236/ojpm.2013.31018, Feb 27, 2013, pp 141-147.

  • Pope E., Gold EC, Leonard H., Belliveau C., Harvey-Berino J. Undergrad and Overweight: Online Behavioral Weight Management for College Students. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior,(2012) 44(6):604-8.

  • West D.S., Harvey-Berino J., Krukowski R.A., Skelly J. The Last Supper Effect in Obesity Treatment: Weight Gain While Waiting to Start Treatment is Associated with Treatment Outcomes. Obesity (2011) 19(9):1791-5.

  • Krukowski RA, Tilford MJ, Harvey-Berino J, West DS. Incremental Cost-effectiveness of an Internet-based Relative to In-Person Group Behavioral Weight Loss Program. Obesity, (2011) 19(8):1629-35.

  • Harvey-Berino, J., West, D., Krukowski, R., Prewitt,E.,  VanBiervliet, A., Ashikaga, T., Skelly, J. Internet Delivered Behavioral Obesity Treatment. Preventive Medicine, (2010) 51, 123-128.   

  • Krukowski, R.A., West, D.S., Harvey-Berino, J.   Differences in Home Food Availability of High- and Low-Fat Foods after a Behavioral Weight Control Program are Regional Not Racial. International Journal of Nutrition and Physical Activity Behavior, (2010) 7:69-75.