Julia Lapp

Department Chair and Associate Professor, Health Promotion and Physical Education
Phone: 607-274-3943
Office: Hill Center G45, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: Clinical and public health nutrition; social science perspectives on food and nutrition; food, diet and sustainability; scholarship of teaching and learning about food and nutrition.

I've been a Public Health and Clinical Nutritionist/Dietitian since 1992 and have had the opportunity to work in a variety of food and nutrition related settings, many of which have been cross-cultural.

Nutritional science is ultimately concerned with how nutrients interact with the physical body, but on the way to that final phase of catabolism, the scope of study for any nutrition educator must also place great emphasis on the other significances that food has for human life; including how the production of that food impacts the environment, other people, and the welfare of other living creatures. This provides the nutrition professional with a more complete picture of the interplay between food and health.

Through my career, in both public health/clinical and academic settings, my interests in food and nutrition have spanned a continuum of nutrient-based to food systems based work. Most recently, I have focused my scholarship in the area of the New York regional food system (specifically, the story of diary and cheese production in the state) and the influencing role of social and political processes.

Courses taught:

  • Food and Society (HLTH 20100) 
  • Ithaca Seminar - "We are what we've eaten"
  • Human Nutrition (HLTH 20200)
  • Disease and Lifestyle (HLTH 22900)
  • Nutritional Care and Therapeutics (HLTH 31100)
  • Nutrition Proseminar (HLTH 40100)