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Karla Shelnutt, Ph.D.

shelnutt Dr. Shelnutt is an Associate Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist. She is a Registered Dietitian and works closely with first year students in the Master of Science-Dietetic Internship Program as part of their Nutrition Education and Wellness Concentration where they spend a year learning about Extension and developing nutrition education materials.

Dr. Shelnutt is a true Gator at heart having received her BS and PhD in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida. She obtained her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Since starting her current position, Dr. Shelnutt has provided statewide leadership for her Extension program that focuses on obesity prevention in children, adolescents, and young adults. She serves as the Principal Investigator of the Family Nutrition Program(Florida’s SNAP-Education Program), which teaches families eligible for SNAP benefits to make better food and physical activity choices. The Family Nutrition Program also helps make communities healthier with the Farm to School, Farm to Community Program, which helps bring fresh, local foods to schools and communities. Dr. Shelnutt has developed curricula and Extension publications based on the most updated dietary guidance. She also works with a multistate research team using Community-Based Participatory Research to develop tools to evaluate the healthfulness of different campuses and communities.