Food & Nutrition

Food & Nutrition Experts

Sharon M Nickols

The Institute for Genomic Biology
United States Virgin Islands


Dr. Sharon M. “Shelly” Nickols-Richardson, PhD, RD, received a B.S. in Food, Nutrition and Institution Administration (1987) from Oklahoma State University and then completed a dietetic internship (1988) at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas in Texas. She worked as a clinical dietitian from 1988-1992, part of which she served as the Clinical Section Chief for the Dietetic Service at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri. She then completed the M.S. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees in Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia in Athens. Dr. Nickols-Richardson was an Assistant (1998-2003) and Associate Professor (2003-2006) in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech where she was an affiliate of the Center for Gerontology and served as the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Shelly was an Associate (2007-2011) and Full Professor (2011-2013) in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, where she directed the BONE Laboratory and served as the Professor-in-Charge (2008-2013) of the Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Nickols-Richardson joined the faculty at UIUC in July 2013 as Professor and Head of the FSHN Department. She has taught courses in the areas of Community Nutrition, Nutrition across the Life Span, Nutritional Assessment, Alternative and Complementary Nutrition Therapies and Maternal and Child Nutrition. Dr. Nickols-Richardson has served in leadership roles for several professional organizations, including President of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (2008-2009), Member of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and Associate Research Editor of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2011-2013).

Research Interest

Food, Nutrition


  • Nelson SA, Nickols-Richardson SM. A systematic review of peer nutrition education in childhood and adolescence. Health Behavior and Policy Review. 2014;1:247-264.

  • Nickols-Richardson SM, Piehowski KE, Metzgar CJ, Miller DL, Preston AG. Changes in body weight, blood pressure and selected metabolic biomarkers with an energy-restricted diet including twice daily sweet snacks and once daily sugar-free beverage. Nutrition Research and Practice. 2014;8

  • Metzgar CJ, Preston AG, Miller DL, Nickols-Richardson SM. Facilitators and barriers to weight loss and weight-loss maintenance: a qualitative exploration. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 2014;doi:10.1111/jhn.12273

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