University of Vermont

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Faculty - Stephen Pintauro

Stephen Pintauro, PhD, Associate Professor

  • PhD, Food Science/Toxicology, University of Rhode Island, 1981
  • MS, Nutritional Biochemistry, University of Rhode Island, 1978
  • BS, Zoology, University of Rhode Island, 1974
  • Dr. Pintauro's C.V.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Nutrition
  • Institute of Food Technologists (professional member)

Area of expertise

Information technology in teaching and research applications


Contact Information


Phone: 802-656-0541

Office Location: 230 Marsh Life Science

Office Hours: by appointment


A scientist who develops multimedia computer tools that make learning about food and nutrition easy and fun, Stephen Pintauro is the NFS Department`s resident tech expert.

Professional interests:

Stephen Pintauro`s scholarly interests focus on examining the effectiveness of information technology in teaching and research applications related to the fields of food science and nutrition. Recent projects include the development and evaluation of Web-based instructional materials in college-level teaching, and the development and evaluation of Web-based, interactive, multimedia computer applications for delivering nutrition, food safety, and health information to the elderly. Currently, Prof. Pintauro is involved in research examining the effectiveness of Internet support on weight loss and weight loss maintenance and is heading up a USDA-funded project that includes the development of an educational Internet game designed to teach middle-school students about food safety.

  • NFS 095: Science of Energy Balance: for non-NFS/DNFS majors
  • NFS 243: Advanced Nutrition
  • NFS 360: Research Methods in Nutrition and Food Science
Recent Publications
  • Pintauro SJ, Krahl A, Buzzell P, Chamberlain V. (2005). Food Safety and Regulation: Evaluation of an Online Multimedia Course. J Food Sci Educ 4(4):66-69.

  • Harvey-Berino, J., Pintauro, S., Buzzell, P., and Gold, E.C.. (2004). Effect of Internet Support on the Long-Term Maintenance of Weight Loss. Obesity Research. 12(2):320-329.

  • Harvey-Berino, J, Pintauro, S, Buzzell, P, DiGiulio, M, Casey Gold, B, Moldovan, C, Ramirez, E. (2002). Does Using the Internet Facilitate the Maintenance of Weight Loss? Int. J. Obesity. 26:1254-1260

  • Buzzell, P.R., Chamberlain, V., and Pintauro, S.J. (2002). The Effectiveness of Web-Based, Multimedia Tutorials for Teaching Methods of Human Body Composition Analysis. Adv. Physiol. Educ. 26:21-29.

  • Harvey-Berino J, Pintauro SJ, Gold BC. (2002) The Feasibility of Using Internet Support for the Maintenance of Weight Loss. Behavior Modification, 26(1):103-116.