Assistant Professor

Emily Belarmino joined the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences in 2019 as an Assistant Professor of public health nutrition and a faculty member in the Food Systems program.  She has a background in environmental studies, food policy, public health, and community nutrition and has lived and worked around the world.  In 2008, Dr. Belarmino was a Fulbright Scholar to Australia.

Dr. Belarmino conducts applied research that aims to inform decision-making in food systems and public health.  Her research explores social, economic, and environmental determinants of dietary intake and how food-related policies and programs can be levered to improve diet quality, human health, and food system sustainability.  For the past decade, a major focus of her research has been investigating opportunities to increase fruit and vegetable intake, especially among adults and children in economically vulnerable households.  More recently she has expanded this to explore factors that facilitate the adoption of plant-based diets and other pro-environmental food-related behaviors.  Her second area of research examines how unmet basic needs may interfere with food and nutrition security.

Dr. Belarmino loves working with students!  As an educator, her goal is to foster a student-centered environment, in which students actively engage in the learning process.  She supervises graduate and undergraduate students working on public health nutrition research projects and teaches introductory (NFS 073: Farm to Table) and upper-level (NFS 295/345: Nutrition for Global Health) courses.

Research and/or Creative Works

Current projects explore:

  • Factors associated with plant-based diets among rural Americans
  • Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food systems and food security
  • Unmet basic needs as a barrier to food security and healthy eating
  • Public participation in nutrition-related federal rulemaking


‡ Indicates a student mentee

  • Clark BE‡, Pope L, Belarmino EH. Perspectives from healthcare professionals on the nutritional adequacy of plant-based diary alternatives: Results of a mixed methods inquiry. BMC Nutrition. 2022. 8(46)
  • McCarthy A. Bertmann F, Belarmino EH, Niles MT. Food security impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic: following a cohort of Vermonters during the first year. Nutrients. 2022. 14(7):1358.
  • Brassard Wirkkala K‡, Niles MT, Belarmino EH, Bertmann F. The fruits of our labor: Home food procurement and mental health in the time of COVID-19. J Hunger Environ Nutr. 2022
  • Harper K, Belarmino EH, Acciai F, Bertmann F, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Patterns of food assistance program participation, food insecurity, and pantry use among US households with children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nutrients. 2022. 14(5):988
  • Belarmino EH, Zack RM, Clay LA, Birk NW. Diaper need during the COVID-19 pandemic associated with poverty, food insecurity, and chronic illness: An analysis of a representative state sample of caretakers of young children. Health Equity. 2022. 6(1):150-158.
  • Belarmino EH, Kolodinsky J, Ammerman AS, Volpe LC, Brown C, Jilcott Pitts SB, Hanson KL, Sitaker M, Wang, W, McGuirt J, Carfagno M†, Hunsinger E†, Seguin-Fowler RA. Growing opportunities for equitable, interdisciplinary undergraduate food systems education: a review of food systems education at land-grant institutions and development of open-access materials. Front Sustain Food Syst. 2022.
  • Jilcott Pitts SB, Volpe L, Sitaker M, Belarmino EH, Sealey A, Wang W, Becot F, McGuirt J, Ammerman AS, Hanson KL, Kolodinsky J, Seguin-Fowler RA. Offsetting the cost of community supported agriculture (CSA) for low-income families: Perceptions and experiences of CSA farmers and members. Renew Agric Food Syst. 2021.
  • Clark BE‡, Pope L, Belarmino EH. Personal bias in nutrition advice: A survey of healthcare professionals’ recommendations regarding dairy and plant-based dairy alternatives. PEC Innovation. 2021:1(100005).
  • Niles MT, Beavers AW, Clay LA, Dougan MM, Pignotti GA, Rogus S, Savoie-Rosko, Schattman RE, Zack RM, Acciai F, Allegro D, Belarmino EH et al. A multi-site analysis of the prevalence of food security in the United States, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Curr Dev Nutr. 2021. 5(12):nzab135.
  • Seguin-Fowler RA, Hanson KL, Jilcott Pitts SB, Kolodinsky J, Sitaker M, Ammerman AS, Marshall G, Belarmino EH , Garner JA, Wang W. Community supported agriculture plus nutrition education improves skills, self-efficacy, and eating behaviors among low-income caregivers but not their children: A randomized controlled trial. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2021:18(112).

Awards and Recognition

  • 2018: Research Travel Award, Cochrane South Africa, Cape Town, SA

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • Cochrane Collaboration
Emily Belarmino

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Public health nutrition
  • Food system-nutrition linkages


  • PhD, Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • MPH, Health Communications, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • MS, Agriculture, Food and Environment, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
  • BA, Environmental Studies, Mount Holyoke College


  • 802-656-0540
Office Location:

350 MLS Carrigan Wing

Office Hours:

by appointment