Teresa Fung

Professor and Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Nutrition
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Education

  • BS/MS Nutrition, Cornell University
  • Dietetic Internship, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • ScD Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard University TH Chan School of Public Health

License/Certifications

  • RD, CD/N

About Me

I graduated from Cornell University with BS and MS degrees in Nutrition and completed my dietetic internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital. I then stayed on as a clinical nutrition specialist (RD) working in a variety of nutrition specialties. After a few years, I moved to Boston for a dual Doctor of Science degree in nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. I have been at Simmons since 2000 and teach both undergraduate and graduate courses while maintaining research collaboration at the Harvard School of Public Health where I am an Adjunct Professor.

I am currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Nutrition and a panelist for the U.S. News and World Reports Best Diet rankings. I have previously been on a Technical Expert Committee at the United States Department of Agriculture to evaluate scientific evidence on dietary patterns and health outcomes.

I believe in preparing students for a fast-paced and quick changing workplace. In that light my teaching focus on providing students with the most updated technical knowledge, skills for critical thinking, problem-solving, as well as locating and evaluating scientific information.

Area of Expertise

  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Diet Assessment
  • Development of non-communicable conditions (e.g. diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, fragility fractures, frailty)

What I Teach

  • Nutrient Metabolism (NUTR 331)
  • Nutritional Epidemiology (NUTR 460)
  • Advanced Topics in Preventive Nutrition (NUTR 453)

Research/Special Projects

I am interested in studying how diet influences the risk of developing major chronic diseases. My research centers on various approaches to examining the entire diet as a whole and its association with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. This also includes evaluating whether adhering to current dietary recommendations does indeed lower the risk of developing chronic diseases. I collaborate with the Harvard School of Public Health and my work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. Many of the results were published in premier medical and nutrition journals and I have given research presentations nationally and internationally.

Publications/Presentations

Fung TT, Mukamal KJ, Rimm EB, Meyer HE, Willett WC, Feskanich D. Alcohol consumption and risk of hip fractures in post-menopausal women and men aged 50 and older. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 110:691-700. 2019

Fung TT, Meyer HA, Willett WC, Feskanich D. Diet quality and risk of hip fractures in postmenopausal women and men age 50 and older Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 118:2269-2279. 2018

Du M, Li SH, Mitchell C, Fung TT. Associations between diet quality scores and risk of postmenopausal estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer: A systematic review. The Journal of Nutrition, 148: 100-108. 2018

Fung TT, Isanaka S, Willett WC. International food group based diet quality and risk of coronary heart disease in men and women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 107: 120-129. 2018

Fung TT, Meyer HE, Willett WC, Feskanich D. Protein intake and risk of hip fractures in post-menopausal women and men age 50 and older. Osteoporosis International. 28:1401-1411. 2017

Fung TT, Pan A, Hou T, Mozaffarian D, Willett WC, Hu FB. Food quality score and the risk of coronary heart disease. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 104:65-72. 2016

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, member
  • American Society for Nutrition, member

Awards

  • Toby Sloane Award for Student Centerness