University of Vermont

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Faculty -Lizzy Pope

Lizzy Pope, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor and Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics

  • PhD, Animal, Nutriton and Food Science, University of Vermont, 2013
  • MS, Applied Physiology and Nutrition, Teachers College Columbia University, 2008
  • BA, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College, 2005
  • Dr. Pope's C.V.

Professional Affliations

  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • The Obesity Society
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist-National Strength and Conditioning Association

Area of expertise

Behavioral economics and health behaviors

Contact Information


Phone: 802-656-4262

Office Location: 254 MLS Carrigan Wing

Office Hours: by appointment


Lizzy Pope is a new assistant professor in the UVM Nutrition and Food Sciences Department, as well as the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics.  Lizzy enjoys looking at the thought process behind the food and exercise choices people are making, and then testing ways to impact these decisions with minimal willpower expenditure.  Much of Lizzy's time is spent running, swimming, biking, skiing, or doing pretty much any activity presented to her.

Professional Interests

Lizzy's research interests focus on integrating principles of behavioral economics (the science of irrational decision making) into nutrition and exercise choices to nudge people towards healthier decisions.  During her recent post-doc at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, Lizzy participated in projects that manipulated food arrangement, price, and display characteristics to promote healthier purchasing and consumption in school lunchrooms and grocery-store environments.  

Along with manipulating default options, Lizzy is interested in the incentive structures surrounding food and exercise decisions, as evidenced by her dissertation, which examined the impact of providing monetary incentives on exercise behavior in college first-year students (  

Currently, Lizzy is interested in continuing her incentive work, as well as exploring the unique potential of online grocery to powerfully impact consumer food choices by rearranging default product display.  Lizzy is also interested in discovering and testing ways to better engage students in the classroom to develop deeper learning and critical thinking about the material covered in class.  Thinking creatively to present material in a variety of ways that are unconventional and thought provoking is something Lizzy takes great pride in and absolutely enjoys.

  • NFS 244: Nutrition in Health and Disease Prevention
Recent Publication
  • Pope, L., Harvey, J. (2014). The impact of incentives on intrinsic and extrinsic motives for fitness-center attendance in college first-year students. American Journal of Health Promotion, in press.

  • Pope, L., Harvey, J. (2014). The efficacy of incentives to motivate continued fitness-center attendance in college first-year students: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of American College Health 62(2), 81-90.

  • Pope, L., Harvey-Berino, J. (2013). Burn and Earn: A randomized controlled trial incentivizing exercise during fall semester for college first-year students. Preventive Medicine, 56(3-4), 197-201.

  • Dunn-Carver, M., Pope, L., Dana, G., Dorwaldt, A., Flynn, B., Bunn, J., & Harvey-Berino, J. (2013). Evaluation of a teacher-led physical activity curriculum to increase preschooler physical activity. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 3(1), 141-147.

  • Harvey-Berino, J., Pope, L., Casey Gold, B., Leonard, H., & Belliveau, C. (2012). Undergrad and overweight: an online behavioral weight management program for college students. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44(6), 604-608.

  • Pope, L., & Wolf, R. (2012). The influence of labeling the vegetable content of snack food on children’s taste preferences: A pilot study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44(2), 178-182.

  • Pope, L., Harvey-Berino, J., Savage, P., Bunn, J., Ludlow, M., Oldridge, N., & Ades, P. (2011). The impact of high-calorie-expenditure exercise on quality of life in older adults with Coronary Heart Disease. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 19(2), 99-116