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Departmental Faculty
Dr. Suzie Goddell Suzie Goodell

Assistant Professor, Nutrition

218E Schaub Hall


B.S. (1999) Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX
Masters (2002) Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Dietetic Internship (2003) Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Ph.D. (2007) University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Teaching Interests:

The first goal in the 2011-2020 NC State University strategic plan is to “enhance the success of our students through educational innovation.” My vision for educational innovation includes offering students challenging coursework in non-traditional settings, in addition to providing them opportunities for engaging in quality research and service. With this vision in mind, I encourage my students to pursue excellence in and outside of the classroom while providing them with support to reach their goals.

In my service-learning based Community Nutrition course, students work in teams to teach cooking, nutrition, and food safety to low-income individuals in the community. In my cooperative-learning based Nutrition through the Life Cycle course, students work in groups to solve case studies and develop recommendations for theoretical patients. Finally, in my Senior Capstone in Nutrition course, students work in groups to conduct research and develop useable products for a myriad of community partners.  

In addition to incorporating service-learning into my courses, I have developed Nutrition NUTS, a student outreach program that serves children from low-income families and their parents. Through Nutrition NUTS, students visit Head Start preschools to read nutrition and health-related books to 3 to 5 year old children, teach their parents about health and wellness topics, or provide nutrition education training to their preschool teachers. Each semester, approximately 30 students from all over campus dedicate time each week to serve their community through Nutrition NUTS, and in return, they gain a respect for cultural diversity, community programming, and the many public health issues facing our society.

Courses Taught:

NTR 520/420: Community Nutrition (Fall)
NTR 521/421: Nutrition through the Life Cycle (Spring)
NTR 490: Senior Capstone in Nutrition (Fall and Spring)
NTR 220: Food and Culture (Summer)

Research Interests:

I have a passion for community and public health nutrition. My research focuses on childhood obesity prevention and intervention and the relationships between preschool-aged children and the adults in their lives. I observe the interactions that occur between parents, caregivers, and young children during mealtime and the study the impact these interactions might have on a child’s food consumption and learned eating behaviors. In addition, I develop and implement theory-based obesity prevention interventions for low-income, minority populations based on sound observational investigations and qualitative research.

I specialize in qualitative methodologies, particularly in-depth individual interviews and focus groups. I apply these methodologies when conducting needs assessments, as well as program evaluations. I enjoy acting as a qualitative research consultant for other investigators from around the country, training them in techniques needed to create rigorous and trustworthy qualitative research studies.

Sample Publications:

Scholarship of Teaching:

Goodell, LS, Cooke, NK, and Ash, SL. Cooperative Learning Through In-Class Team Work: An Approach to Classroom Instruction in a Life Cycle Nutrition Course. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal. 2012 June; 56(2):68-75. 
Grossman J, Sherard, M, Prohn, S, Bradley, L, Goodell, S, and Andrew, K. An Exploratory Analysis of Student-Community Interactions in Urban Agriculture. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. 2012 June; 16(2): 179-196.

Scholarship in Nutrition Education:

Carraway-Stage, V, Spangler, H, Borges, M and Goodell, LS. Evaluation of a Pictorial Method to Assess Fruit and Vegetable Liking among Preschool Children. Appetite.  In Review.
Carraway-Stage, V, Henson, SR, Dipper, A, Spangler, H, Ash, SA, and Goodell, LS. Understanding the State of Nutrition Education in the Head Start Classroom: A Qualitative Approach. American Journal of Health Education. In press.
Chika, S, Li, E and Goodell, LS. A Qualitative Investigation of Teachers’ Information, Motivation, and Behavioral Skills for Increasing Fruits and Vegetables Consumption in Preschoolers, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Epub 2013 Jun 22. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.05.001.
Goodell, LS, Pierce, MB, Amico, KR, and Ferris, AM. Parental information, motivation, and behavioral skills correlate with child sweetened beverage consumption. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2012 May; 44(3):240-5, Epub 2011 May 31. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2010.07.012.
Goodell, LS, Goh, ET, Hughes, SO, and Nicklas, TA. Caregivers’ Attitudes Regarding Portion Size. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues. Spring 2010; 15(1). On-line:
Goodell, LS, Bravo, CM, Pierce, MB, Ferris, AM. Parental Perceptions of Overweight During Early Childhood. Qualitative Health Research, 2008 Nov; 18(1): 1548-1555. DIO: 10.1177/1049732308325537.

Nutrition Program

Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC  27695
(919) 515-2951