Dr. Steeves is currently an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Nutrition program and Director of the HEALTHE Research Lab at the University of Tennessee. She will maintain her faculty appointment during her fellowship. She is a registered dietitian and holds a doctoral degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her Master’s in Public Health Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests focus on the intersection of food access, food security, and health equity, with an emphasis on exploring strategies to increase healthy food acquisition through interventions and innovations in food retail settings, the charitable feeding system, and federal nutrition programs.
Upon accepting the fellowship, Dr. Steeves noted, “The COVID-19 pandemic both presented many challenges to, and revealed many inequities in, our food system. The Accelerating Food Security Fellowship provides an invaluable and time-sensitive opportunity to document and learn from these challenges to address the widespread food and nutrition insecurity across the country. I am excited to be awarded this Fellowship because it opens a door for finding ways to enhance food and nutrition services now and in the future.”
This Fellowship is funded by the National Dairy Council. Read more information on all current and past Foundation Fellows.