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Faculty and Staff - Adrienne A. White

Adrienne White 2Professor and Director of the Internship Program Director
School of Food and Agriculture
Food Science and Human Nutrition
5735 Hitchner Hall, Room 113
University of Maine
Orono, ME  04469-5735

Phone; 207-581-3134
Fax: 207-581-1636




1989 R.D. Certification

1988 Ph.D. Nutrition Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

1968 B.S. Home Economics Education, University of Tennessee

Professional Experience | Courses Taught | Research Interests | Funded Projects | Publications | Professional Activities

Professional Experience 

Professor, Human Nutrition, University of Maine, 2008; 50% teaching, 50% research appointment.

Associate Professor, Human Nutrition, University of Maine, 1995-2008

Internship Program Director, 1996 – present.

Assistant Professor, Human Nutrition, University of Maine, 1988-1994

Home Economics Teacher, Memphis, Tennessee, 1968-1972


2008 Society for Nutrition Education Helen Denning Ullrich Award of Excellence

2007 Society for Nutrition Education Mid-Career Achievement Award

Courses Taught

FSN 650 Dietetic Internship Orientation I – Fall

FSN 651 Dietetic Internship Orientation II – Spring

FSN 652 Dietetic Internship Evaluation – Fall

FSN 681 Dietetic Internship Supervised Practice- Summer, Fall

Research Interests

  • Relationships between nutrition and behavior using theory-based models to understand food-related behavior and facilitate behavior change
  • Use of web-based technology to deliver nutrition interventions
  • Environmental supports on college campuses for healthful eating behavior
  • Family interventions for healthy weights in children
  • Research design using community-based participatory research approaches


Funded Projects

USDA/AFRI Integrated (PI)”Get Fruved:” A peer-led, train-the-trainer social marketing intervention to increase fruit and vegetable intake and prevent childhood obesity. Multistate Research Funded, $4,887,080, 2014. UMaine award $321,565.

USDA-AFRI. iCook: A 4-H Program to Promote Culinary Skills and Family Meals for Obesity Prevention. Multistate Research. 2012-2016. $2,469,949.

Davis Family Foundation. Davis Family Foundation. The M.O.M.’s Project: A pilot study to investigate nutritional health in the Cobscook Bay area. 2010-12. $25,000 to Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health.. UMaine subaward $12,269.

Maine Community Foundation. An environmental audit and online survey of the quality of life and culinary needs of adult food preparers of children 2-12 years in Eastport, Maine 2010-12. $10,000 to Greater Eastport Ecumenical Churches Association. UMaine subaward $6000.

USDA-NRI. Development of a Randomized Trial Guided by the Process of PRECEDE-PROCEED for Prevention of Excessive Weight Gain in Communities of Young Adults 2009-12.  Multi-state research. Maine sub award $75,999.


Multistate Research Project

North Central Regional Research (NC1193). Assessing and addressing individual and environmental factors that influence eating behavior of young adults. 2012-2016.

Environments supports on college campuses for healthful eating behavior on Excessive Weight Gain in Communities of Young Adults. Multi-state Research Group.  Funded by USDA National Research Initiative.

North Central Regional Research (NC1028). Promoting Healthful Eating to Prevent Excessive Weight Gain in Young Adults. Funded by Maine Agricultural Experiment Station.

Behavior Change for Obesity Prevention in Young Adults. Multi-state Research Group. Funded by USDA National Research Initiative.

Recent Publications

Brown, O., Quick, V., Colby, S., Greene, G., Horacek, T., Hoerr, S., Koening, M., Kidd, T., Morrell, J., Olfert, M., Phillips, B., Shelnutt, K., White, A., Kattelmann, KK. Recruitment lessons learned from a tailored web-based health intervention project Y.E.A.H. (Young Adults Eating and Active for Health). Health Educ. Accepted, 10/2014.

Quick V, Byrd-Bredbenner C, White AA, Shoff S, Lohse B., Horacek T, Kattlemann K, Phillps B, Hoerr S, Greene G. Concordance of self-report and measured height and weight of college students.  J Nutr Educ Behav, advanced publication DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2014.08.012.

Quick, V., Byrd-Bredbenner, C., White, A.A., Brown, O., Colby, S., Shoff, S., Lohse, B., Greene, G.W., Horacek, T., Kidd, T.  Eat, sleep, work, play: Associations of weight status and health-related behaviors among young adult college students.  Am J Health Promot. 2014;29(2):e64-e72.

Kattelmann K, Byrd-Bredbenner C, White A, Greene G, Hoerr S, Kidd T, Colby S, Horacek T, Phillips B, Koenings M, Brown O, Olfert M, Shelnutt K, Morrell J. The effects of Young Adults Eating and Active for Health (YEAH): a theory-based web-delivered intervention. J. Nutr. EducBehav. 2014 J. Nutr. Educ. Behav. 2014; 46:S27–S41.

Walsh JR, White AA, Kattelmann KK.Using PRECEDE to develop a weight management program for disadvantaged young adults. J. Nutr. Educ. Behav. 2014, 46(2), pS2-S9.

Kattelmann K, White A, Greene G, Byrd-Bredbenner C, Hoer S, Horacek T, Kidd T, Colby S, Phillips B, Koenings M, Brown O, Olfert M, Shelnutt K, Morrell J. Development of Young Adults Eating and Active for Health (YEAH) Internet-Based Intervention via a Community-Based Participatory Research Model. J. Nutr. Educ. Behav. 2014 doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2013.11.006

Horacek TM, White AA, Byrd-Bredbenner C, Reznar MM, Olfert MD, Morrell JS, Koenings MM, Brown ON, Shelnutt KP, Gurka MJ,  Kattelmann KK,  Greene GW, Colby SE, Thompson-Snyder CA. PACES: A physical activity campus environmental support audit on university campuses. Am J Health Promot. 2013; 28(4):e104-17. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.121212-QUAN-604. Epub.

Horacek, T., Erdman, M.B., Reznar, M. E., Olfert, M., Brown-Esters, O. N., Kattelmann, KK., Kidd, T, Koenings, M, Phillips, B., Quick, V., Shelnutt, K. P., White, A.. Evaluation of the food store environment on and near the campus of 15 post-secondary institutions. Amer. J. Health Promot. 2013:27(4);e81-90. DOI: 10.4278/ajhp.120425-QUAN-220.

Dour, CA, Horacek, TM, Schembre, SM, Lohse, B, Hoerr, S, Kattelmann, K, White, AA, Shoff, S, Phillip, B, Greene, G. Process evaluation of Project WebHealth: A nondieting web-based intervention for obesity prevention in college students. J Nutr Educ. Behav. 2013:45 (4):288-295.

Horacek T, Erdman M, Byrd-Bredbenner C, Carey G, Colby S, Greene G, Guo W, Kattelmann K, Olfert M, Walsh J, White A. Assessment of the dining environment on and near the campuses of 15 post-secondary institutions. Public Health Nutr. 2012:16 (7);1186-96. doi: 10.1017/S1368980012004454.

Walsh J, Hebert A, Byrd-Bredbenner C, Carey G, Colby S, Brown-Esters O, Greene G, Hoerr S, Horacek T, Kattelmann K, Kidd T, Koenings M, Phillips B, Shelnutt K, White A. The development and preliminary validation of the behavior, environment, and changeability survey (BECS). J. Nutr. Educ. Behav. 2012: 44 (6); 490-499.

Greene G, White A., Hoerr S, Lohse B, Schembre S, Riebe D, Patterson J, Kattelmann K, Shoff S, Horacek T, Blissmer B, Phillips B. Impact of an on-line healthful eating and physical activity program for college students. Am J Health Promo 2012: 27( 2); e47-e58. doi:

Horacek TM, White AA, Greene GW, Reznar MM, Quick VM, Morrell JS, Colby SM, Kattelmann KK, Herrick MS, Shelnutt KP, Mathews A, Phillips BW, Byrd-Bredbenner C. Sneakers and spokes: An assessment of the walkability and bikeability of U.S. post-secondary institutions. J Environ Health. 2012: 74 (7): 8-15.

Greene GW, Schembre SM, White AA, Hoerr SL, Lohse B, Shoff S, Horacek T, Riebe D, Patterson J, Phillips BW, Kattelmann KK, Blissmer B. Identifying clusters of college students at elevated health risk based on eating and exercise behaviors and psychosocial determinants of body weight J. Am. Diet. Asso. 2011:111 (3),394-400.

Milan JE, White AA. Impact of a stage-tailored, web-based intervention on folic acid intake of college women.  Am J Health Promotion. 2010:24(6), 384-387.

Professional Activities and/or Services

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Trustee, SNEB Foundation

Member, Division of Higher Education

Member, Division of Weight Realities

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

NorthEast District Representative, Maine Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

American Dietetic Association

Dietetic Educators of Practitioners Practice Group

Research Dietetic Practice Group

Maine Dietetic Association Board member

Board member, Education Chair

Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, advisor to Alpha Beta Chapter

Phi Kappa Phi


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