Shirley GerriorEducation

PhD, The University of Rhode Island; MS, University of Connecticut

Research Interests

Nutrition; physical activity; health and well-being; rural health; tribal health; health disparities and chronic disease


Dr. Gerrior spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. as a national program leader responsible for nutrition and health research, extension, and education activities and as a senior research nutritionist leading projects of national importance including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Healthy People 2020. She is a licensed and registered dietitian and certified as a health fitness specialist with the American College of Medicine. She is affiliated with the American Dietetic Association, American Public Health Association, American Society for Nutrition, American College of Medicine, and Society for Nutrition Education. She has published more than 50 scientific articles and reports and presented at conferences on dietary guidance, physical activity, and rural health. She joined Walden’s faculty in 2008 and teaches courses for Walden in public health biology and health.