Senior Lecturer, MSD Program Director, Dietetics Practicum Coordinator

Farryl Bertmann is a Senior Lecturer in the UVM Nutrition and Food Sciences Department and faculty with the UVM Food Systems Program. Dr. Farryl’s focus areas include food security & nutrition assistance programs, inclusive and equitable approaches to community-based nutrition education, and global food sovereignty. She is passionate about developing and evaluating nutrition programs that are sustainable, inclusive, culturally-derived, and resilient. She has been collaborating with agricultural centers from rural Vermont to rural Kenya; along the way she strives to create community-engaged learning opportunities for her students.

Dr. Farryl believes the goal of teaching is to kindle in students the passion for life learning.  She hopes to transform students in a way that they become conscious and aware of the world around them. She wants her students to seek opportunities to broaden and expand their knowledge anywhere, in any circumstance, whether it is taking a moment to focus on breathing when they are faced with a challenge to reading the nutrition label on the back of a package.  She feels students are best prepared for their career if they are engaged, curious and willing to learn.



Research and/or Creative Works

  • Food Security & Nutrition Assistance Programs
  • Inclusive Approaches to Community-Based Nutrition Education
  • Global Food Sovereignty


  • Niles MT, Bertmann FMW, Belarmino EH, Wentworth T, Biehl E, Neff RA The Early Food Insecurity Impacts of COVID-19, 2020  medRxiv 2020.05.09.20096412; doi:
  • Eakin H, Connors JP, Wharton C, Bertmann FMW, Xiong A, Stoltzfus. Towards Principles of Food System Sustainability: Emerging Themes and Consensus. Agriculture and Human Values. 2017; 34:757-773
  • Althoff RR, Ametti M, Bertmann FMW. The Role of Food Insecurity in Developmental Psychopathology. Preventive Medicine. 2016;92:106-109
  • Pinard CA, Smith TM, Calloway EE, Fricke HE, Bertmann FMW, Yaroch AL. Auxiliary Measures to assess Factors Related to Food Security: Preliminary Testing and Baseline Characteristics of Newly Designed Hunger-Coping Scales. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2016;4:289-295
  • Bertmann FMW. A Pilot Study of Food Security among Syrian Refugees in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. J Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics 2016;116(9): A-10
  • Pinard CA, Bertmann FMW, Byker CB, Schober D, Smith TM, Carpenter LC, Yaroch AL. What factors Influence SNAP Participation? Literature reflecting enrollment in food security programs from a social and behavioral science perspective. J Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. 2016; [Epub ahead of print]
  • Smith T,Bertmann FMW,Pinard CA, Schober DJ,Fricke H,Shuval K,Nguyen BT, Yaroch AL. Factors associated with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participation among the working poor: findings from 2012 American Community Survey. J Hunger & Environmental Nutrition 2016
  • Bertmann FMW, Yaroch AL. The Role of Breast Milk and Breastfeeding within the Context of a Sustainable, Resilient Food System. J Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. 2016; [Epub ahead of print]
  • Nguyen BT, Shuval K, Bertmann FMW, Yaroch AL. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food Insecurity, Dietary Quality, and Obesity Among US Adults. AmJ Public Health. 2015;105(7):1453-1459.8.
  • Fricke HE, Hughes A, Schober DJ, Pinard C, Bertmann FMW, Smith T, Carpenter L, Yaroch AL. An Examination of Organizational and Statewide Needs to Increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation. J Hunger & Environmental Nutrition 2015;10(2):271-283.

Awards and Recognition

  • Outstanding New Service-Learning Faculty Award, Community-University Partnerships & Service-Learning (CUPS), The University of Vermont, 2019
  • Outstanding Dietetics Educator, Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2016
  • Everyday Hero, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Kids Eat Right, 2015

Associations and Affiliations

Dr. Bertmann’s recent service to the Academy includes, HEN Education Chair, President of the Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Chair-Elect of the Global Member Interest Group for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group
  • Global Member Interest Group - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Farryl Bertmann

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Food Security & Nutrition Assistance Programs
  • Inclusive Approaches to Community-Based Nutrition Education
  • Global Food Sovereignty


  • PhD, Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness, Arizona State University, 2013
  • MS, Applied Biology, Arizona State University, 2009
  • MA, German, Arizona State University, 2004
  • BS, Wildlife Biology, University of Vermont, 2000


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Office Location:

255 MLS Carrigan Wing

Office Hours:

by appointment

Courses Taught