Teresa Smith, PhD

Research Scientist


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 Areas of Expertise

  • Building and assessing community capacity
  • Advanced statistical analysis, such as multivariate, repeated measures, and dyadic analysis
  • Characterization of dietary behaviors of special populations, such as racial and ethnic minority, low-income, and/or rural populations
  • Dietary assessment, measurement and analysis
  • Behavioral approaches to cancer prevention
  • Early care and education and childhood obesity prevention

Food Story

Smith believes that the right to choose fresh, healthy and real food should be afforded to all people and is passionate about making this vision a reality.


Academic History

Ph.D., Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2014

  • Dissertation: “Characterizing the Home Food Environment among Mexican-American Parents: Improving Dietary Behaviors in Mexican-American Families for Cancer Prevention”

M.S., Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2009

  • Thesis: “College Students’ Knowledge, Perceptions, and Behaviors Regarding Human Papillomavirus”

B.S., Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007

  • Concentrations: Nutrition, exercise and health sciences, and Dietetics

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Affiliate Scholar, Montana State University Food and Health Lab