Professor, Emeritus

Rachel Johnson retired as of May 2018 having been a faculty member at UVM since 1991.

Rachel Johnson is a well-known expert on national nutrition policy, pediatric nutrition, dietary intake methodology and energy metabolism. She serves as Chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee. She is a former Professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Associate Provost of UVM.


  • Lichtenstein AH, Carson JS, Johnson RK, Kris-Etherton PM, Fulgoni VL, Pappas A, Rupp L, Stitzel KF, Vafiadis DK. Food intake patterns assessed by using front-of-pack labeling program criteria associated with better diet quality lower cardiometabolic risk. Am J Clin Nutr, 2014;99:454-62.
  • Yon BA, Johnson RK*. Dietary Patterns and Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption among Adolescents and Adults. Current Nutrition Reports 2014, published online January 5, 2014 -
  • Yon BA, Johnson RK*.  Elementary and middle school children’s acceptance of lower-calorie flavored milk as measured by milk shipment and participation in the National School Lunch Program. J School Health, 2014,84:3:205-211.
  • Amin SA, Yon BA, Taylor JT, Johnson RK*. When fruits and vegetables are optional, elementary school children choose processed over whole offerings. J Child Nutr and Mngt, Vol 38: Issue 1, Spring 2014.
  • Gardner C, Whitsel L, Thorndike A, Marrow M, Otten M, Foster G, Carson JA, Johnson RK. Food and Beverage Environment and Procurement Policies for Healthier Work Environments. Nutr Rev, 2014. doi:10.1111/nure.12116
  • Antman EM, Appel LJ, Balentine D, Johnson RK, Steffen LM, Miller EA, Pappas A, Stitzel KF, Vafiadis DK, Whitsel L. Stakeholder discussion to reduce population-wide sodium intake and decrease sodium in the food supply - A Conference Report from the American Heart Association Sodium Conference 2013. Circulation, 2014. Published online before print May 5, 2014, doi: 10.1161/​CIR.0000000000000051
  • Johnson RK. Front of Pack Labeling - Healthier Diets and Better Health or Confused Consumers? Nutrition Bulletin, 2014;39:235-237.

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Heart Association National Spokesperson, 2009-present.
  • Food Day Advisory Board-Center for Science in the Public Interest, 2010-present.
Rachel Johnson


  • PhD, Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University, 1991
  • MPH, Public Health Nutrition, University of Hawaii, 1980
  • BS, Dietetics, Pennsylvania State University, 1974