Tara LaRowe

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  • Ph.D. 2005 University of Wisconsin Madison, Nutritional Sciences
  • RD, CD 2013 Iowa State University
  • B.S. 1999 North Dakota State University


Professional Experience

  • 2014-2017 Director of Graduate Program in Dietetics, Assistant Professor, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2013-2014 Clinical Nutritionist, Preventive Cardiology, UW Health Hospitals and Clinics
  • 2008-2013 Assistant Scientist, Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2005-2008 Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Instruction Interests

My teaching responsibilities include support to DPD required courses NS 631/641 Clinical Nutrition I and NS 431 Nutrition in the Life Span. I am primary instructor for several undergraduate and graduate courses:

• NS 540 Community Nutrition and Policy Issues
• NS 525 Nutrition in Physical Activity and Health
• NS 550 Nutrition and Counseling for Athletic Performance
• NS 621 Nutritional Epidemiology
• NS 653 Clinical Nutrition Research
• NS 725 Advanced Community Nutrition
• NS 875 Sports Nutrition


Administrative Duties

My administrative duties include coordinating and managing the Didactic Program in Dietetics under the direction of the DPD Program Director. The DPD accredited program requires meeting core standards set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). To maintain accreditation/approval from ACEND, my role is to maintain DPD program/student/alumni records and develop program evaluation, maintain/revise curriculum and recruitment materials.


Professional Involvement

  • Wisconsin Dietitians Credentialing Board; Wisconsin Department of Professional Services, Governor appointed member (2014-present)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Member (2012-present)
    • Dietetics Practice Research Group (DPRG) member (2016-present)
      • Co-Chair Mentoring Committee
      •  ACEND Liaison
    • Sport, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Dietetic Practice Group (2016-present)
  • Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Member (2012-present),
    • Research Focused Group Committee (2017-present)
    • State Policy Co-Representative (2013-2014)


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Peer-Reviewed Publications

LaRowe TL (contributor), Spotlight on World Nutrition: The Faces of Global Malnutrition, In: Discovering Nutrition, Sixth Edition, Insel P, Ross D, McMahon K, and Bernstein M. Jones and Bartlett Learning. In press.

LaRowe TL, Tomayko E, Meinen A, Hoiting J, Saxler C, Cullen B, and the Wisconsin Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative (WECOPI). (2016). Active Early: One-year policy intervention to increase physical activity among early care and education programs in Wisconsin. BMC Public Health, 16:607.

Santiago-Torres, M, Yuchen, C, Adams, AK, Allen, DB, Carrel, AL, Guo JY, LaRowe, TL, Schoeller, DA. (2016) Structural equation modeling of the associations between the home environment and obesity-related cardiovascular fitness and insulin resistance among Hispanic children. Appetite, 101:23-30.

Nanney, M. S., LaRowe, T. L., Davey, C., Frost, N., Arcan, C., & O’Meara, J. (2016). Obesity Prevention in Early Child Care Settings a Bi-state (Minnesota and Wisconsin) Assessment of Best Practices, Implementation Difficulty, and Barriers. Health Education & Behavior, 1090198116643912.

Bontrager Yoder AB, Liebhart JL, McCarty DJ, Meinen, A, Schoeller, D, Vargas, C, LaRowe, T. (2014). Farm to Elementary School Programming Increases Access to Fruits and Vegetables and Increases Their Consumption Among Those With Low Intake. J of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 46, No. 5.

LaRowe TL, Adams AK, Jobe JB, Cronin KA, Vannatter SM, Prince RJ. (2010). Dietary intakes and physical activity among preschool aged children living in rural American Indian communities prior to a family-based healthy lifestyle intervention. J Am Diet Assoc. 110 (7); 1049-1057.

LaRowe TL, Piper ME, Schlam, TR, Fiore MC, Baker, TB. (2009). Obesity and smoking: Comparing treatment seekers with the general smoking population. Obesity.17 (6); 1301-1305.

LaRowe TL, Snodderly DM, Klein M, Wooten B, Chappell R, Mares JA. (2008). Macular Pigment Density and Age-Related Maculopathy in the Carotenoids in Age-Related Eye Disease Study: an ancillary study of the Women’s Health Initiative. Ophthalmology. 115:876-883.

LaRowe TL, Moeller SM, Adams AK. Beverage patterns, diet quality, and body mass index in US preschool and school-aged children. (2007). J Am Diet Assoc. 107 (7);1124-1133.

LaRowe TL, Wubben DP, Cronin KA, Vannatter SM, Adams AK. (2007) Development of a culturally appropriate nutrition and physical activity curriculum for Wisconsin American Indian families. Prev Chronic Dis 4(4). http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2007/oct/07_0018.htm.

Other Publications (Non-Peer Review Reports)

LaRowe, T. L., Longley, C., O’Connell, M., Sisson, S. B., & Lewis, K. L. (2016). Nutrition and Wellness in Child Care Centers Participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Hattiesburg, MS: Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division.

LaRowe TL, Bontrager Yoder AB, Knitter A, Meinen A, Liebhart J, Schoeller DA. (2011) Wisconsin Farm to School: One-year evaluation report. Available at: http://www.fammed.wisc.edu/farm-to-school-report.

Healthy Bites: A Wisconsin guide for improving childhood nutrition. (2011) (Contributor). Available at: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/physicalactivity/sites/Community/Childcare/HealthyBites_Sept8.pdf