• Tara Harman, MS, RDN is an Instructor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Tara earned her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and master's degree in Nutrition Sciences from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. During her master's, Tara researched the effectiveness of case studies as a teaching pedagogy and completed all credentialing requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Tara is now a PhD candidate in Health Education and Health Promotion with UAB's School of Public Health and researching the effectiveness of nutrition education on improved cooking self-efficacy and food insecurity status in post-secondary students.

    Tara has diverse experiences working in academia, with government agencies (state, federal), non-profits, and in the development of community-based nutrition programs. She currently teaches an undergraduate community nutrition course and graduate-level courses in food science, menu planning, and food systems management.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Relationship Between Food Security Status in a Caregiver's Family of Origin and Current Feeding Practices Among Low-Income, Single, Female Primary CaregiversFamily and Community Health.  45:257-266. 2022
    2015 Case-based learning facilitates critical thinking in undergraduate nutrition education: Students describe the big pictureJournal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  115:378-388. 2015
    2013 Dietitian Sex Differences Toward Adult Weight Loss CounselingHealth care.  1:98. 2013


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    2019 Obesity and Socioeconomic Status.  1-18. 2019

    Research Overview

  • Nutrition education, food insecurity, food insecurity and college students
  • Education And Training

  • Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition Science, East Carolina University 2014
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Foods and Nutrition Science, East Carolina University 2012
  • Full Name

  • Tara Kelly