Rebecca Hagedorn - Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition

Rebecca Hagedorn-Hatfield

Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition

132 Martin

(919) 760-8116


Dr. Rebecca Hagedorn joined the Department of Nutrition, Health, and Human Performance in 2020. Before coming to Meredith College, Dr. Hagedorn served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at West Virginia University where she conducted research on lifestyle interventions for chronic disease prevention and managed multiple United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded research programs. Additionally, she worked as a consulting bariatric dietitian.

Dr. Hagedorn joins Meredith College colleague, Dr. Lanae Hood, on a multistate college food insecurity research collaboration as one of her primary interests. Her research interests also include assessing the impact of nutrition policies and programs on health, diet, and behavioral outcomes. She has a particular interest in helping improve nutritional outcomes among health-disparate populations, including Appalachian families. Dr. Hagedorn performs mixed-methods research but particularly enjoys qualitative data and community-based participatory research principles.

Dr. Hagedorn is a member of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB), American Society for Nutrition (ASN), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and American Public Health Association (APHA). She was previously a Science Policy Fellow with the American Society for Nutrition, and she currently serves as Co-Chair of the College Food Insecurity Subcommittee as part of the SNEB Higher Education Division. She also serves as the Higher Education Division liaison for the SNEB Advisory Committee on Public Policy. She is active as a peer reviewer for eight scholarly journals in her field.

In her spare time, Dr. Hagedorn enjoys cheering on the Mountaineers, playing softball, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and hiking with her cocker spaniel, Motley.


  1. Hagedorn-Hatfield, R.L., Hood, L.B., & Hege, A. (2022). A Decade of College Student Hunger: What We Know and Where We Need to Go. Frontiers in Public Health.
  2. Hagedorn, R.L., Wattick, R.A., Olfert, M.D. (2022). “My Entire World Stopped”: An Investigation of College Students’ Psychosocial and Academic Frustrations during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 17(2):1069-1090.
  3. Hagedorn, R.L., Olfert, M.D., MacNell, L., Houghtaling, B., Hood, L.B., Savoie Roskos, M.R., Goetz, J.E., Kern-Lyons, V., Knol, L., Mann, G.R., Esquivel, M.K., Hege, A., Walsh, J., Pearson, K., Berner, M., Soldavini, J., Anderson-Steeves, E., Spence, M., Paul, C., Waity, J.F., Wall-Bassett, E.D., Hingle, M.D., Kelly, E.B., Lillis, J.P., Coleman, P., & Fontenot, M.C. (2020). College student sleep quality and mental and physical health are associated with food insecurity in a multi- campus study. Public Health Nutrition, 24(13):4305-4312.
  4. Hagedorn, R.L., Pompalone, A.L., Hood, L.B., Yura, C.A., Morrow, D.F., Olfert, M.D. (2020). Higher Education Food Insecurity Toolkit Development and Feedback. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(1):64-72.
  5. Hagedorn, R.L., McArthur, L., Hood, L.B., Berner, M., Wall-Bassett, E., Connell, C., Anderson Steeves, B., Spence, M.L., Tidwell, D., Waity, J., Kelly, B., Lillis, J., Olfert, M.D. (2019). Expenditure, Coping, and Academic Behaviors among Food-Insecure College Students at 10 Higher Education Institutes in the Appalachian and Southeastern Regions. Current Developments in Nutrition, 3(6).
  6. Hagedorn, R.L., White, J.A., Franzen-Castle, L., Colby, S.E., Kattelmann, K.K., White, A., Olfert, M.D. (2018). Teens Implementing a Childhood Obesity Prevention Program in the Community: Feasibility and Perceptions of a Partnership with HSTA and iCook 4-H. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(5):934.
  7. Hagedorn, R.L., Baker, K., DeJarnett, S.E., Hendricks, T., McGowan, M., Joseph, L., Olfert, M.D. (2018). Katalyst Pilot Study: Using Interactive Activities in Anatomy and Physiology to Teach Children the Scientific Foundation of Healthy Lifestyles. Children (Basel), 5(12):162.

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