Dr. Stella Uzogara, a nutritional epidemiologist and adjunct professor, has been named a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is now entitled to use the FAND acronym as one of her titles. The designation recognizes Academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, made commitments to the field of nutrition and dietetics, served in their communities, gave their service to the nutrition and dietetics profession and contributed to optimizing the nation’s health through food and nutrition. Fellows have shown a high level of dedication to their field. The designation also celebrates member’s professional accomplishments and pursuit of life-long learning.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a fellow has earned “tenure” in the nutrition and dietetics profession, and is living the Academy’s values of customer focus, integrity, innovation and social responsibility; fellows are trusted by the public as food, nutrition and health experts. With over 100,000 credentialed practitioners around the globe, helping to shape proper food choices and impacting the public’s health, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
Uzogara joined the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in Boston since 2007 as a nutritional epidemiologist. At DPH, she has served in various capacities such as the coordinator of Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance Systems, Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance Systems and as lead epidemiologist for the Growth and Nutrition program that helps children afflicted with failure to thrive syndrome. Uzogara also services the Maternal and Child Health and the Nutrition divisions where she is the lead epidemiologist for the Women, Infants and Children program at DPH. Prior to working in the state agency, Uzogara was a faculty member in several colleges where she taught for several years in the STEM divisions, teaching courses like Health & Nutrition (at Bentley University), Biotechnology (at Roxbury Community College and Middlesex Community College). She also taught life sciences (at Mass Bay Community College and at RCC). Presently she is adjunct professor of nutrition at Roxbury Community College in Boston where she received the Gateway award for excellence in teaching and facilitating student learning.