Biography: Teresa Carithers
Interim Dean of the School of Applied Sciences, Professor of Nutrition and Hospitality Management, and Interim Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders: School of Applied Sciences
Dr. Teresa Carithers is the interim dean for the School of Applied Sciences and Professor of Nutrition and Hospitality Management. She has served the school for the last four years as the Associate Dean with administrative oversight for research, scholarship, accreditation, institutes, centers and clinics, and an additional five years as the Associate Dean with administrative oversight for academic affairs. Dr. Carithers served on faculty in the Division of Medical Genetics at UMMC for fourteen years prior to accepting an appointment on the Oxford Campus in 2005 as chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, now Nutrition and Hospitality Management. She holds a Ph.D. in Preventive Medicine from the University of Mississippi, School of Medicine with an epidemiology concentration from the Johns Hopkins University. Her MHS and B.S. are from Mississippi College and she is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dr. Carithers has diverse professional credentials that includes being a registered dietitian, nutritional epidemiologist, a certified organizational change facilitator and holds distinguished membership in the Society of Collegiate Scholars. Her research has been funded by NIH, NHLBI, CDC, RWJF, Bower Foundation and the March of Dimes. Dr. Carithers was an original researcher with the NIH/NHLBI Jackson Heart Study. She is currently funded as the PI/administrator of the Vanguard Center on the Oxford campus. She has worked in public health, and taught in state, private and community college settings. Her peers describe her as a visionary leader who has pioneered new positions and practices for quality improvement. She is a mentor and researcher focusing on improving health through interprofessional care and research that addresses nutrition policy throughout the lifecycle, school nutrition environments, diet assessment methods, culture and health disparities.