Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Faculty - Rachel Johnson
Rachel Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD
Robert L. Bickford Jr. Green and Gold Professor of Nutrition
- PhD, Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University,1991
- MPH, Public Health Nutrition, University of Hawaii,1980
- BS, Dietetics, Pennsylvania State University, 1974
- Dr. Johnson's C.V.
President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board-appointed by the President of the United States, 2011-2014.
American Heart Association Nutrition Committee Menber, 2006-2014. Vice Chair 2010-2012, Chair 2012-2014.
American Heart Association National Spokesperson, 2009-present.
Food Day Advisory Board-Center for Science in the Public Interest, 2010-present.
American Medical Association Expert Committee on the Assessment, Prevention and Managament of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity, 2005-2007.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)- appointed by the Commissioner of FDA to the Additives and Ingredients Subcommittee-Food advisory Committee, 2001-2005.
National Academy of Sciences-Institute of Medicine Panel on the Dietary Reference Intakes for the Macronutrients. Appointed by the President of the National Academy of Sciences-Institute of Medicine, 1999-2002.
U.S. Department of Agriculture / U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dietary Guidelines Scientific Advisory Committee - appointed by the Secretaries of USDA and DHHS and the U.S. Surgeon General, 1998 -2000.
Area of expertise
National nutrition policy, pediatric nutrition, dietary intake methodology, energy metabolism and diet and cardiovascular health.
Office Location: 225 B Marsh Life Science
Office Hours: by appointment
IntroductionRachel Johnson is a well-known expert on national nutrition policy, pediatric nutrition, dietary intake methodology and energy metabolism. She serves as Chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee. She is the former associate provost of UVM and dean of its Colelge of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Rachel Johnson gained national attention for speaking out against Americans' high consumption of added sugars when she was a member of the U.S. Department of Agricuture and Department of Health and Human Services 2000 Dietary Guidleines for Americans advisory committee. She was also vocal about the 2005 updated guidelines and food guide pyramid. Her research on the effects of both flavored milk and soft drinks on children's diets has been published in the academic and popular press, as has her work on caffeine use.
- NFS 043: Fundamentals of Nutrition
Johnson RK, Yon BA., Turning the tide on Americans’ added sugars consumption. Nutr Today, June 2012.
Gardner C, Wylie-Rosett J, Gidding S, Lichtenstein A, Johnson RK, Steffen L., Non Nutritive Sweeteners: Current Use and Health Perspectives - A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 2012.
Yon BA, Johnson RK, Stickle TR.,School children accept lower-calorie flavored milk; a plate waste study. J Acad Nutr Diet, 2012; 112: 132-136.
Van Horn L, Johnson RK, Flickinger BD, Vafiadis DK, Yin-Piazza S., Translation and implementation of added sugars consumption recommendations. Circulation published online November 8, 2010:DOI: 10.1161/CIRC.0b013e3181ffdcb0.
Johnson RK, Yon BA., Weighing in on added sugars and health. J Amer Diet Assoc, 2010; 110: 1296-1299.
Jones KE, Johnson RK, Otten J, Harvey-Berino J., Removing the bedroom television set: A possible method for decreasing television viewing time in overweight and obese adults. Behavior Modification, 2010; 34 (4):290-298.
Johnson RK, Appel LJ, Brands M, Howard BV, Lefevre M, Lustig RH, Sacks F, Steffen LM, Wylie-Rosett J and on behalf of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee of the council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism and the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention. Dietary sugars intake and cardiovascular health: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation published online Aug 24, 2009: DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.109.192627.
- Jean Harvey-Berino, Chair
- Lyndon Carew
- Catherine Donnelly
- Mingruo Guo
- Rachel K. Johnson
- Paul S. Kindstedt
- Stephen S. Pintauro
- Jane K. Ross
- Amy Trubek
- Robert S. Tyzbir