Dr. Rebecca Hagedorn joined the Department of Nutrition, Health, and Human Performance in 2020. Before coming to Meredith College, Dr. Hagedorn served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at West Virginia University where she conducted research on lifestyle interventions for chronic disease prevention and managed multiple United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded research programs. Additionally, she worked as a consulting bariatric dietitian.
Dr. Hagedorn joins Meredith College colleague, Dr. Lanae Hood, on a multistate college food insecurity research collaboration as one of her primary interests. Her research interests also include assessing the impact of nutrition policies and programs on health, diet, and behavioral outcomes. She has a particular interest in helping improve nutritional outcomes among health-disparate populations, including Appalachian families. Dr. Hagedorn performs mixed-methods research but particularly enjoys qualitative data and community-based participatory research principles.
Dr. Hagedorn is a member of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB), American Society for Nutrition (ASN), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and American Public Health Association (APHA). She was previously a Science Policy Fellow with the American Society for Nutrition, and she currently serves as Co-Chair of the College Food Insecurity Subcommittee as part of the SNEB Higher Education Division. She also serves as the Higher Education Division liaison for the SNEB Advisory Committee on Public Policy. She is active as a peer reviewer for eight scholarly journals in her field.
In her spare time, Dr. Hagedorn enjoys cheering on the Mountaineers, playing softball, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and hiking with her cocker spaniel, Motley.