Karla Shelnutt, PhD
Foods and Nutrition
3038A McCarty Hall D
Phone: (352) 273-3535
Dr. Shelnutt is an Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist. She currently has a split appointment with a 60% Extension appointment in the Department of Family, Youth & Community Sciences and a 40% teaching appointment in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department. She is a Registered Dietitian and works closely with first year students in the Master of Science-Dietetic Internship Program as part of their Nutrition Education and Wellness Concentration where they spend a year learning about Extension and developing nutrition education materials.
Dr. Shelnutt is a true Gator at heart having received her BS and PhD in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida. She obtained her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Since starting her current position, Dr. Shelnutt has provided statewide leadership for her Extension program that focuses on obesity prevention in children, adolescents, and young adults. She has developed curricula and Extension publications that teach families how to make better nutrition and physical activity choices to lead healthier lifestyles. She also works with a multistate research team using Community-Based Participatory Research to develop effective interventions designed to prevent weight gain in college students.
Dr. Shelnutt is married to David, an assistant principal at Buchholz High School, and they have two beautiful daughters, Laura and Emily, who keep them busy and entertained.