Katherine Mellen

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Katherine Mellen
Associate Professor of Instruction
Health Promotion
Exercise Science
End Degree:
Ph.D., Nutrition Epidemiology
The University of Iowa
E128 FH


  • Registered & Licensed Dietitian (RD/LD)
  • Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)

Courses Taught

  • HHP:2310 Nutrition and Health
  • HHP:4310 Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • HHP:4320 Nutrition Interventions
  • HHP:4340 Global Health and Global Food
  • HHP:4400 Health Promotion Clinical Practicum
  • HHP:4405 Health Promotion Community and Worksite Practicum

Research Interests

Dr. Mellen’s professional interests are a reflection of her educational background. As a registered dietitian she focuses on helping individuals improve eating habits to prevent disease and enhance health and performance. Working with individuals also requires great knowledge and expertise related to food from production to processing. Her health promotion masters degree extended her interest and expertise to improving health through the promotion of physical activity. Her epidemiology/public health doctoral degree has provided her with a strong grounding in the need for multi-level approaches in changing health behaviors for individuals and communities. She currently serves as a Research Editor for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Mellen K, Snetselaar L, Ahrens L. Integrating Exercise is Medicine™ into small group didactic sessions for medical students. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 42: S323, 2010.

Mellen KM. (2010). Evaluating designer waters/beverages and evaluating sports nutrition products. In F. Armenth-Brothers (Ed), Great Ideas! Active Ways to Teach Nutrition. New York: Benjamin Cumming


Community Presentations:
Dr. Mellen is a member of the University of Iowa Speaker's Bureau. Her nutrition presentations are given to various organizations throughout the state.

Poster Presentations:
Effects of a School Garden Program on 3rd through 5th Graders’ Fruit and Vegetable Preferences and Intake: The Together We Grow Healthy Project Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health, Cedar Rapids, IA, April 2015

How to Implement a Student-Led Garden in Rural Iowa: The Together We Grow Healthy Project Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health, Des Moines, IA, April 2014

Honors and Awards

Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Policy Workshop Scholarship, March 2013
Recognized Outstanding Dietitian of the Year nominee, Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, January 2012
Improving Our Workplace Award, Organizational Effectiveness, Human Resources, November 2011

Fellowships and Affiliations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Active Member
Practice Group Memberships: Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition; Hunger and Environmental Nutrition; Research