Susan Nitzke

Professor and Extension Specialist in Nutritional Sciences (retired June 29, 2011)
B.S. 1968, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. 1986, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian

Emphasis Group:
Human Nutrition

Research Interests:
Developing and evaluating techniques to improve the effectiveness of community interventions and nutrition education programs.

Research Summary:

We have approached the challenge of improving nutrition education by identifying pertinent audience parameters and adapting promising theories and methods from related disciplines such as educational psychology and communications for use in specific nutrition education settings.

Representative Publications:
Chang MW, Nitzke S, Guilford E, Adair C, Hazard D. Motivators and barriers to healthful eating and physical activity among low-income overweight and obese mothers. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2008;108:1023-1028.

Nitzke S. 2009. My Child My Choices. This is a 25-page booklet for pregnant adolescents about nutrition, weight gain, taking care of self and baby, building decision-making skills. Available online:

Nitzke S, Riley D, Ramminger A, Jacobs G. 2010. Rethinking nutrition: Connecting science and practice in early childhood settings. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press, ISBN: 978-1-60554-031-3

Park A, Nitzke S, Kritsch K, Kattelmann K, White A, Boeckner L, Lohse B, Hoerr S, Greene G. Zhang Z. Internet-based interventions have potential to affect short-term mediators and indicators of dietary behavior of young adults. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2008;40:288-297.