Rebecca Hagedorn - Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition

Rebecca Hagedorn-Hatfield

Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition

118 Martin

(919) 760-8116


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, as a researcher on a multistate college food insecurity collaboration as one of her primary research interest. 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 using 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). Dr. Hagedorn was previously a Science Policy Fellow with the American Society for Nutrition. 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.


  1. Hagedorn RL, Wattick RA, Olfert MD. “My entire world stopped”: An Investigation of Psychosocial and Academic Frustrations Faced by College Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic. (2020). Qualitative Health Research (under review)
  2. Hagedorn RL, Olfert MD, Houghtaling B, Walsh J, Wall-Bassett ED, Waity JF, Soldavini J, Savoie Roskos  MR, Pearson K, Paul C, Mann GR, MacNell L, Lillis JP, Knol L, Kern-Lyons V, Kelly EB, Hood LB, Hingle MD, Hege A, Goetz JE, Fontenot MC, Esquivel MK, Coleman P, & Berner M. College Food Insecurity is Related to Lower Diet Quality and Cooking Self-Efficacy in a Multi-Institutional Investigation. (2020) Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (under review)
  3. Hagedorn RL, Olfert MD, MacNell L Houghtaling B, Hood LB, Savoie Roskos  MR, Goetz JE, Kern-Lyons V, Knol L, Mann GR, Esquivel MK, Hege A, Walsh J, Pearson K, Berner M, Soldavini J, Anderson-Steeves E, Spence M, Paul C, Waity JF, Wall-Bassett ED, Hingle MD, Kelly EB, Lillis JP, Coleman P, & Fontenot MC. College Student Sleep Quality and Mental and Physical Health are Associated with Food Insecurity in a Multi- Campus Study. (2020) Public Health Nutrition (under review)
  4. Hagedorn RL, Pompalone AL, Hood LB, Yura CA, Morrow DF, Olfert MD. Higher Education Food Insecurity Toolkit Development and Feedback. (2020) Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(1), 64-72. DOI:
  5. Hagedorn RL, McArthur L, Hood LB, Berner M, Wall-Bassett E, Connell C, Anderson Steeves B, Spence ML, Tidwell D, Waity J, Kelly B, Lillis J, Olfert MD.  Expenditure, Coping, and Academic Behaviors Among Food-Insecure College Students at 10 Higher Education Institutes in the Appalachian and Southeastern Regions. (2019) Current Developments in Nutrition Volume 3, Issue 6, June 2019, nzz058. DOI:
  6. Hagedorn RL, White JA, Franzen-Castle L, Colby SE, Kattelmann KK, White A, Olfert MD. Using Teen Leaders to Implement a Childhood Obesity Prevention Program in the Community: Feasibility and Perceptions of a Partnership with HSTA and iCook 4-H. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2018; 15(5). DOI:
  7. Hagedorn RL, Baker K, DeJarnett SE, Hendricks T, McGowan M, Joseph L, Olfert MD. Katalyst Pilot Study: Using Interactive Activities in Anatomy and Physiology to Teach Children the Scientific Foundation of Healthy Lifestyles. Children, 2018 Dec;5(12):162. DOI:

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