Clinical Assistant Professor

Kelsey Rose is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont, where she also serves as the dietetic practicum coordinator. Kelsey has a BA in political science from Ohio University and graduated with a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan. During the period between her undergraduate and graduate degree, she spent time studying food systems, by way of farm-to-school programs, small scale agriculture, and food service management.

Driven by her passion, Kelsey is enthusiastic about facilitating new conversations around health in the field of dietetics by deconstructing norms and traditional ideas of wellness to create a more informed and inclusive educational environment. She aspires to teach from a biopsychosocial approach; one that recognizes the individual biochemical purpose that food plays within the complex psychological and socioecological framework. Moreover, she believes in the importance that dietitians possess a basic understanding of eating disorders and disordered eating to promote comprehensive care and treatment. Her research focuses on the intersection of stigma and health. Specifically, how stereotypes like SWAG (Skinny, White, Affluent, Girl) and general stigmas against eating disorders create health inequities resulting in limited screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Kelsey’s work also explores concepts of body diversity and weight bias beliefs.

Drawn to behavioral health and the complexities of malnutrition, Kelsey’s clinical interests are focused on the field of eating disorders. She also has a special interest in Adolescent Medicine. Kelsey completed her dietetic training in the treatment of eating disorders at Simmons University. Following her training, Kelsey served as a fellow for the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health fellowship program at Boston Children’s Hospital where she worked clinically for the Outpatient Eating Disorder Program and the Strategies for Teen Empowerment and Physical Activity clinic. In her most recent clinical appointment, Kelsey served as the first and only outpatient eating disorder dietitian for the Michigan Medicine system, where she provided counseling for individuals of all ages and educated fellow health care practitioners on weight inclusivity, eating disorders, and disordered eating.

At UVM, Kelsey teaches undergraduate courses in clinical nutrition, food service management, and nutrition throughout the human lifecycle. She provides support to the MS program and serves as a research mentor for the graduate capstone. In the classroom, she utilizes exercises that support a variety of nutrition careers, with a focus on applied learning, such as writing reflections, interactive lectures, case studies and small group discussions.

Research and/or Creative Works

Moving forward, Kelsey is interested in advancing the efficacy of progressive, harm-reduction strategies in eating disorder treatment, as opposed to traditional recovery/non-recovery treatment methods. She wishes to continue exploring the way in which stigma contributes to misunderstandings around eating disorder treatment and is interested in creating evidence-based nutrition recommendations for individuals using hormone replacement therapy to provide gender affirming nutritional care.


  • Rose, K.L. Negrete, C. Sellinger, G. Chang, T. Soneville, K.R. (In press). Youth’s perceptions of eatingdisorders compared to other mental health diagnoses. International Journal of Eating Disorders.
  • Schmid, J., Rose, K., Hadler, N., Amaro, X., Frank, A., Wilkie, E., & Sonneville, K. R. (2022). Content analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on weight and shape control behaviors and socialmedia content of US adolescents and young adults. Eating Behaviors, 101635.
  • Rose, K.L. Evans, W., Sonneville, K.R., Richmond, T. (2021). The Set Point: Weight destiny established prior to adulthood. Current Opinions in Pediatrics.
  • Hahn, S. L., Linxwiler, A. N., Huynh, T., Rose, K. L., Bauer, K. W., & Sonneville, K. R. (2021). Impacts of dietary self-monitoring via MyFitnessPal to undergraduate women: A qualitative study. Body Image, 39, 221-226.
  • Sonneville KR, Rose K.L., Lambrecht NJ, Barry MR, Weeks HM, Leung CW. (2020). Weight bias among public health trainees. Public Health Nutrition; 1-4.
  • Ambwani, S., Sellinger, G., Rose, K. L., Richmond, T. K., & Sonneville, K. R. (2020). “It’s healthy because it’s natural.” Perceptions of “clean” eating among US adolescents and emerging adults. Nutrients, 12(6), 1708.
  • Rose, K.L. Leonard, K.C. Chang, T., Sonnevillle, KR. (2020). “Obese”: Definitions, Associations and Assumptions made by Adolescents and Emerging Adults. Stigma and Health. 5(3), 335–341.
  • Winter, V. R., O’Neill, E. A., Cook, M., Rose, K. L., & Hood, A. (2020). Sexual function in hook-up culture: The role of body image. Body Image, 34, 135-144.
Kelsey Rose

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Clinical Nutrition


  • MPH, Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2019
  • BA, Political Science, Ohio University, 2012


Office Location:

253 MLS Carrigan Wing

Office Hours:

by appointment

Courses Taught

  • NFS 143: Nutrition in the Life Cycle
  • NFS 250: Foodservice Systems
  • NFS 260: Clinical Nutrition 1
  • NFS 264: Clinical Nutrition 2
  • NFS 274: Community Practicum