Dr. Lizzy Pope is an associate professor and director of the undergraduate dietetics program. Currently, Lizzy is serving as Assistant Chair of the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department. Lizzy is also an affiliate of the Food Systems program and the Osher Center at UVM. Lizzy is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist as well as a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor.
Lizzy’s research focus areas are on weight-inclusive nutrition education, manifestations of diet culture in social media and pop culture, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Lizzy is passionate about taking a weight-inclusive approach to health education to help young people develop more peaceful relationships with food and body. Currently, Lizzy is working on a project that will develop a weight-inclusive nutrition education curriculum and professional development for high school teachers.
Lizzy also actively explores the ways that diet culture appears on social media and in pop culture. Recently, Lizzy worked with a UVM Honors College student on a study published in 2022 which was the first study to examine the themes of nutrition-related content on TikTok. Taylor Swift has also liked a TikTok that Lizzy made with her Fundamentals of Nutrition class. Finally, Lizzy is actively engaged in SoTL work with a focus on innovative assessment in college courses, as well as creative pedagogy for large-enrollment courses. Lizzy enjoys using SoTL techniques to reflect on new teaching strategies she uses.