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Jamie Zoellner

Unit: School of Medicine
Department: PBHS Public Health Sciences Admin
Office location and address
1335 Lee St
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., Colorado State University, Food Science & Human Nutrition;
M.S., The Chicago Medical School, Nutrition;
B.S., University of Missouri, Columbia, Food Science & Human Nutrition/Medical Dietetics

Dr. Jamie Zoellner is an Associate Professor and Registered Dietitian in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia where she provides leadership for community-based health equity and obesity reduction initiatives.  She also serves as the Associate Director of UVA Cancer Center without Walls and is working to expand the Cancer Center’s community-based research program and outreach efforts in southwest and southside Virginia. Her research includes engaging medically underserved areas in community-based participatory research (CBPR) and discovering solutions to the causes and consequences of limited health literacy.  She focuses on lifestyle risk factors (i.e., diet and physical activity) that have direct relevance to obesity and cancer prevention efforts.  She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and serves on the journal’s Board of Editors, the Research Committee, and STATS Committee.

Dr. Zoellner has successfully lead the development and evaluation of SIPsmartER, a health literacy and behavioral intervention that has proven effective at reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among adults in rural Appalachia.  She is currently working in collaboration with four Virginia Department of Health Districts in Appalachia to test the adoption and implementation of the evidence-based SIPsmartER intervention into routine practice.  She also provides leadership for advancing childhood obesity reduction initiatives in the Dan River Region.  She has co-lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of an evidence- and family-based childhood obesity treatment program.  She is now leading a partnership with health and community organizations in the Dan River Region on a comparative effectiveness trial of two childhood obesity treatment programs. This research involves developing the capacity of health and community systems in the region to adopt and sustain evidence-based programs.

Kids SIPsmartER: A multi-level behavioral and health literacy intervention to reduce sugar-sweetened beverages among Appalachian middle-school students
Source: U.S. NIH on Minority Health and Health Disparities
May 03, 2018 – December 31, 2023
A novel sugar-sweetened beverage reduction intervention for Native American men
Source: Health Research, Inc.
September 15, 2020 – July 31, 2022
MD-PBHS A randomized-controlled trial to compare the reach, effectiveness and maintenance of two family-based childhood obesity treatment programs in a medically underserved region
Source: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
June 01, 2017 – June 30, 2021
Cancer Center without Walls: Advancing Patient-Centered Research for Cancer Control in Rural VA
Source: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
September 01, 2018 – November 30, 2020
MD-PBHS SIPsmartER Southwest Virginia: A systems-based approach to disseminate andimplement an effective sugar-sweetened beverage reduction intervention
Source: U.S. NIH Cancer Institute
January 01, 2017 – September 30, 2018