Marianna Wetherill, PhD, MPH, RDN-AP/LD
Marianna Wetherill, PhD, MPH, RDN-AP/LD is an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion Sciences at the College of Public Health, OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center. Dr. Wetherill’s primary research includes the investigation of food insecurity and chronic disease risk as well as the development of interventions to improve nutrition-related health outcomes for food insecure and other vulnerable populations. She is the Co-PI for the Food Independence, Security, and Health (FISH) Project, a statewide study to identify and prioritize the health needs of Oklahomans accessing food pantry programs. Other research collaborations include her work as a Co-Investigator for the THRIVE study, where she contributed to the design, implementation, and evaluation of a convenience store intervention to increase vegetable and fruit consumption among tribal members of the Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (NHLBI 5R01HL117729-02, PI: Jernigan, VBB). Dr. Wetherill is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian who holds an Advanced Practice Certification in Clinical Nutrition from the Commission on Dietetics Registration. She has also completed training on Nutrition-Focused Physical Exams from the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With a decade of dietetics practice experience including HIV/AIDS, cardiometabolic disease, and plant-based diets, Dr. Wetherill’s nutrition philosophy incorporates a functional medicine approach to personal healing, with a passion for serving low-income populations. Dr. Wetherill regularly guest lectures for the OU-Tulsa School of Community Medicine medical and physician assistant programs on the integration of nutrition therapy into medical practice. She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine practice group, and the American Society for Nutrition.