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Emily Tarleton

Emily Tarleton
Assistant Professor, Co-Chair Environmental and Health Sciences
Academic History:

Ph.D. Clinical and Translational Science, University of Vermont
M.S. Health Care Administration, University of Maryland
B.S. Dietetics, State University of New York at Plattsburgh

About Emily Tarleton

Dr. Tarleton is a registered dietitian who has spent the majority of her career teaching, conducting, and facilitating high quality and innovative translational research. 

Emily has designed and implemented nutrition research in various healthcare settings, including cardiovascular research at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and community-based obesity prevention programs funded by the CDC. For over 10 years, she worked as the Bionutrition Manager at the University of Vermont Clinical Research Center. At the Clinical Research Center she worked closely with investigators to implement nutrition methodologies for inpatient and outpatient clinical research trials. 

Emily brings a breadth of experience as a clinician and researcher to the classroom, providing context and real-world applications to the curriculum. Emily’s background in health care and science allow students to explore health from a wide variety of angles based on their interests. Emily’s active research program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to apply what is learned in the classroom.

Emily’s main research interests include the role of nutrition in mental health and the role of nutrition in maintaining independence as we age. 

Current list of Emily’s publications


  • Nutrition in older adults
  • Relationship between nutrition and depression
  • Use of nutraceuticals in treating chronic health conditions

Courses Taught

  • Contemporary Health Issues
  • Nutrition
  • Food Science
  • Current Topics in Science
  • Health Behavior
  • Psychophysiology of Stress