Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences and Public Health
Health Promotion Sciences Department
1200 E South Campus
Shantz Building 328
Tucson, AZ 85721
Dr. Melanie Hingle is a nutrition scientist, public health researcher, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over 15 years of training and experience in health promotion and behavioral sciences, assessment of dietary intake and physical activity, and the design and conduct of studies focused on health behavior change and metabolic disease prevention in children and families. Dr. Hingle’s research program is focused on understanding how and why diet and physical activity behaviors are initiated and sustained, and the application of this knowledge to development of effective approaches to motivating health behavior change in youth. She is principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health-funded E.P.I.C. Kids Study, a Southern Arizona YMCA-based diabetes prevention program for 9- to 12-year-old children and their families. This project exemplifies the integration of her scholarly and professional pursuits, namely, development and dissemination of affordable, accessible, and sustainable community programs and partnerships to promote health and prevent chronic disease. Dr. Hingle is also frequently sought out for her expertise in the use of wireless and networked technologies (e.g., mobile phones, software apps, sensors) to measure and intervene on health behavior, and she is engaged in professional service aligned with this expertise at the local, national, and international level.