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Rachel K. Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD

University of Vermont

Rachel K. Johnson is the Robert L. Bickford, Jr. Green and Gold Professor of Nutrition and Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Johnson holds a PhD and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Hawaii. She completed a dietetic internship at the Indiana University Medical Center and is a registered dietitian. Dr. Johnson served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont from 2001-2008 and as associate provost for Faculty Affairs from 2009-2011.

Dr. Johnson's research expertise covers national nutrition policy, pediatric nutrition and obesity, dietary intake methodology and energy metabolism. She has published numerous scholarly papers and book chapters on those and other topics. Dr. Johnson was named a distinguished University of Vermont Scholar in 2003 and received an Outstanding Alumni Award from Pennsylvania State University in 2004. Dr. Johnson has served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Nutrition Today, and the Nutrition Bulletin. She has also served as chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration for the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and on the Board of Directors for the ADA.

Dr. Johnson was appointed to the Year 2000 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Surgeon General. She served on the panel on Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for the macronutrients for the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine. Dr. Johnson was a member of the Additives and Ingredients Subcommittee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Food Advisory Committee.

She is currently a member and vice-chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee and was the lead of the American Heart Association’s scientific statement on the role of dietary sugars on cardiovascular health published in 2009. She also serves on President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board.

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