Assistant Professor

Emily Morgan 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 for increasing fruit and vegetable intake, especially among adults and children in economically vulnerable households.  More recently she has focused on understanding how unmet basic needs may interfere with food security and healthy food choices.

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 295/395: Nutrition for Global Health) courses.

Research and/or Creative Works

Current projects explore:

  • 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
  • Dietary identity and fruit and vegetable intake among college students


  • Morgan EH, Schoonees AM, Sriram U, Faure M, Seguin-Fowler RA. Caregiver involvement in interventions for improving children’s dietary intake and physical activity behaviors (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2020;1: CD012547. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD012547.pub2.
  • Becot F, Sitaker M, Kolodinsky J, Morgan EH, Wang W, Garner JA, Ammerman AS, Jilcott Pitts, SB, Seguin RA. Can a small shift in the purchase of local foods by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients impact the local economy? Renew Agr Food Syst. 2020;35(1):90-101. doi:10.1017/S1742170518000327. 
  • Morgan EH, Graham ML, Marshall GA, Hanson KL, Seguin-Fowler RA. Serum carotenoids are strongly associated with dermal carotenoids but not self-reported fruit and vegetable intake among overweight and obese women. In press. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2019;16:104.
  • Haynes-Maslow L, Osborne I, Jilcott Pitts S, Sitaker, M, Byker-Shanks C, Leone, L, Maldonado A, McGuirt J, Andress L, Bailey-Davis L, Baquero B, Kolodinsky J, Lo BK, Morgan EH, Seguin RA, Ammerman AS. Rural corner store owners’ perceptions of stocking healthier foods in response to proposed SNAP Retailer Rule changes. Food Policy. 2018;81:58-66. doi:10.1016/j.foodpol.2018.10.004. 
  • Morgan EH, Severs MM, Hanson KL, McGuirt J, Becot, F, Wang W, Kolodinsky J, Sitaker M, Jilcott Pitts, SB, Ammerman AS, Seguin RA. Gaining and maintaining a competitive edge: evidence from CSA members and farmers on local food marketing strategies. Sustainability. 2018;10:2177. doi:10.3390/su10072177. 
  • White MJ, Pitts SJ, McGuirt JT, Hanson KL, Kolodinsky J, Morgan EH, Wang W, Sitaker M, Seguin RA. The perceived influence of cost-offset community supported agriculture on food access among low-income families. Public Health Nutr. 2018;1-9. doi:10.1017/S1368980018001751. 
  • Morgan EH, Hawkes C, Dangour AD, Lock K. Analyzing food value chains for nutrition goals. J Hunger Environ Nutr. 2018. doi:10.1080/19320248.2018.1434106. 
  • Haynes-Maslow L, Andress L, Jilcott Pitts S, Osborne I, Baquero B, Bailey-Davis L, Byker-Shanks C, Houghtaling B, Kolodinsky J, Lo BK, Morgan EH, Piltch E, Prewitt E, Seguin RA, Ammerman AS. Arguments used in public comments to support or oppose the USDA’s minimum stocking requirements: a content analysis. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2018;118(9):1664-1674. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2017.12.005. 
  • Lo BK, Morgan EH, Folta SC, Graham ML, Paul LC, Nelson ME, Jew NV, Moffat LF, Seguin RA. Using a triangulation mixed methods design to understand environmental influences on physical activity among rural adults in Montana. In J Environ Res Public Health. 2017;14(1173). doi:10.3390/ijerph14101173. 
  • Hanson KL, Kolodinsky J, Wang W, Morgan EH, Jilcott Pitts S, Ammerman AS, Sitaker M, Seguin RA. Adults and children in low-income households that participate in cost-offset community supported agriculture have high fruit and vegetable consumption. Nutrients. 2017;9(7):726. doi:10.3390/nu9070726.

Awards and Recognition

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

Associations and Affiliations

  • Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society
  • 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


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