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About Jacqueline A. Vernarelli

Jacqueline A. Vernarelli, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the College of Health Professions at Sacred Heart University. She currently serves as the Director of Research Education and Consultation for the College of Health Professions. She is a nutritional epidemiologist and public health nutritionist who studies the effects of diet and lifestyle on health status. She received a B.A in Chemistry from Skidmore College, then went on to earn a M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University. Jacqueline completed her Ph.D. in Medical Nutrition Science at Boston University. Her dissertation explored the influence of genetic risk on health behavior changes. Her research focuses on nutrition including maternal and child, food choices and diet assessment methodology and how environment influences food choice. She was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award from Penn State College and the NIH Dietary Supplement Research Practicum Travel Award, in addition to several grants.


August 2018 - Present Assistant Professor Public Health, Sacred Heart University College of Health Professions, Public Health
August 2018 - Present Director of Research Education and Consultation, Sacred Heart University College of Health Professions
June 2014 - August 2018 Assistant Professor, Fairfield University



2018 - 2019 Is there a lead diet? Harnessing population-based evidence for translatable public health messages on lowering childhood lead exposure.
CSTI Pilot Grant
2017 Evaluating the role of dietary intake on locomotor development in children age 3-5y.
Fairfield University Science Institute Grant Award.
2016 Investigating the Association Between Dietary Energy Density, Gestational Diabetes, and Infant Birth Weight in a Nationally Representative Sample of US Women
Fairfield University Faculty Research Grant.
2012 - 2014 Translating Diet and Health Attributes of Egg Consumption to an Intervention Designed to Enhance Diet Quality of Low-Income Women
The Egg Board Research Grant
Role: Co-investigator
2011 - 2014 Dietary energy density, body size, and biomarkers related to cancer risk
American Institute of Cancer Research Grant.
Role: Co-investigator
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Honors and Awards

  • American Society for Nutrition Translational Research Award Honoree, 2016
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Penn State College of Health & Human Development, 2014
  • NIH Dietary Supplement Research Practicum Travel Award, 2013
  • National Nutrient Databank Conference Travel Award, 2012
  • Tenure Award AY 2021/22


2005 - 2009 PhD, Medical Nutrition Science, Boston University School of Medicine
2004 - 2005 Master of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgetown University
2000 - 2004 Bachelor of Science Biochemistry, Skidmore College

Contact Information

Health Science and Leadership
College of Health Professions
Center for Healthcare Education CHCE*N105D


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