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Suzie Goodell

Professor, Director of Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutrition

Schaub Food Science Building, Room 218E

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Teaching Activities

My vision for educational change includes offering students challenging coursework in non-traditional settings, in addition to providing them opportunities for engaging in quality research and service. With this vision in mind, I encourage my students to pursue excellence inside and outside of the classroom, while providing them with support to reach their goals.

Courses Taught

  • NTR 490: Senior Capstone in Nutrition (Fall and Spring)
  • NTR 601/801: Nutrition Seminar (Fall and Spring)


  • Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology Award, member of the FBNS/DELTA collaborative with Dr. Natalie Cooke, Mr. Michael Cuales, Ms. Cathi Phillips, and Dr. Jessica White, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences nominee, North Carolina State University, 2020-2021
  • Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences nominee, North Carolina State University, 2017-2018
  • Food & Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award-Southern Region Recipient, United States Department of Agriculture, 2017
  • Early Professional Award, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2014
  • Community-Engaged Faculty Fellow, North Carolina State University
  • Academy of Outstanding Teachers, North Carolina State University, member since 2013
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Representative, North Carolina State University, 2012-2013
  • Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, North Carolina State University, 2012-2013
  • At Home in the World Faculty Fellow, Office of Institutional Equality and Diversity, North Carolina State University, 2013-2014
  • Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award, member of the Gardening and Nutrition PIECES collaborative, North Carolina State University, 2011

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, (2000-present), Registered # 950175
  • American Society for Nutrition, (2005-present)
  • Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, (2008-present)
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, (2009-present)- Lifetime Member
  • North Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, (2008-present)


Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences University of Connecticut 2007

Dietetic Internship Cornell University 2003

M.S. Food and Nutrition Texas Tech University 2002

B.S. Biology Hardin-Simmons University 1999

Area(s) of Expertise

I have a passion for community and public health nutrition. My research focuses on childhood obesity prevention and intervention and the relationships between preschool-aged children and the adults in their lives. I observe the interactions that occur between parents, caregivers, and young children during mealtime and study the impact these interactions might have on a child €™s food consumption and learned eating behaviors. In addition, I develop and implement theory-based obesity prevention interventions for low-income, minority populations based on sound observational investigations and qualitative research.

I specialize in qualitative methodologies, particularly in-depth individual interviews and focus groups. I apply these methodologies when conducting needs assessments, as well as program evaluations. I enjoy acting as a consultant for other investigators from around the country, training them in techniques needed to create rigorous and trustworthy qualitative research.


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