Melissa S. Gordon, MSPH, RD, LDN

Melissa S. Gordon, MSPH, RD, LDN
Associate Fellow

Director of Nutrition and Wellness Education, AUNI at Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Public Health Interests

Community Engagement, Community/Population Health, Education, Health Equity, Nutrition, Social Determinants of Health



Current Public-Health Related Activities

Melissa is currently the Director of Nutrition and Wellness Education for the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, a program of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. She works on community based nutrition programming that focuses on policy, system, and environmental change initiatives, adult education, and food systems. Melissa’s background both as a Registered Dietitian and in public health enables her to holistically examine social determinants of health and how to support healthy choices at the individual and organizational level. Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Science in Public Health and Registered Dietitian internship at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Select Publications:

Sattler, M., Hopkins, L., Anderson Steeves, E., Cristello, A., Mccloskey, M., Gittelsohn, J., & Hurley, K. (2015). Characteristics of youth food preparation in low-income, African American homes: associations with Healthy Eating Index scores. Ecology of food and nutrition, 54(4), 380-396.

Hopkins, L. C., Sattler, M., Steeves, E. A., Jones-Smith, J. C., & Gittelsohn, J. (2017). Breakfast consumption frequency and its relationships to overall diet quality, using healthy eating index 2010, and body mass index among adolescents in a low-income urban setting. Ecology of food and nutrition, 56(4), 297-311.