Associate Professor
Division of Nutritional Sciences

412 Savage Hall


I began my career as an exercise physiologist, first working in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and then developing individual and group programming for clients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, HIV, and multiple sclerosis.  I later completed my M.S. in Nutrition Communications and Ph.D. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition.

Over the past decade, my work has focused on chronic disease prevention and public health. I am interested in behavioral theory, health communications, and the context in which people develop, change, and maintain health behaviors. In 2003, I co-developed a comprehensive curriculum and training program for implementing research-based programming for midlife and older women. To date, 4,000 health educators in 48 states have been trained to implement these community-based physical activity and nutrition programs in predominantly non-urban areas.  

My current research focuses on understanding how people’s social, food, and physical activity environments influence behavior over time—particularly in rural communities. I am also working on community mobilization and capacity building initiatives with health educators who serve rural areas. The goal is to provide training and evaluation tools to help them engage residents to become involved in programs and policies to improve their food and physical activity environments through collective action.

My current research focuses on community-based nutrition and physical activity interventions and dissemination research, particularly targeting rural and limited resource audiences. We are interested in understanding how people’s social, food, and physical activity environments influence health behaviors, overall quality of life, and health outcomes such as obesity and chronic disease. Much of our work involves community mobilization and capacity building initiatives with cooperative extension educators and other community leaders. We are also studying how CSA programs that target low-income families affect diet-related factors as well as the possible economic impact on small farmers.

Original Research

  1. Wang H, Kenkel D, Graham ML, Paul LC, Folta SC, Nelson ME, Strogatz D, Seguin RA. Cost-effectiveness of a community-based cardiovascular disease prevention intervention in medically underserved rural areas. In review.

  2. Morgan EH^, Graham ML, Marshall GA, Hanson KL, Seguin RA. Serum carotenoids are strongly associated with dermal carotenoids but not self-reported fruit and vegetable intake among overweight and obese women. In review.

  3. Seguin RA, Graham ML, Eldridge G, Nelson ME, Strogatz D, Folta SC, Paul L. Strong Hearts for New York: a multilevel community-based randomized cardiovascular disease risk reduction intervention for rural women. In review.

  4. Garner J, Seguin RA. Exploring food system approaches to improve household food security and small farm viability. In review.

  5. Garner JM¥, Coombs C, Savoie Roskos MR, Durward C, Seguin RA. A qualitative, multi-state analysis of the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) Farmers Market Financial Incentive Program for SNAP users. In review.

  6. Crane TE, Abdel Latif Y, Wertheim BC, Kohler LN, Garcia DO, Rhee JJ, Seguin RA, Kazlauskaite R, Shikany JM, Thomson CA. Does season of reported dietary intake influence diet quality? Analysis from the Women’s Health Initiative. American Journal of Epidemiology. In press.

  7. Folta SC, Paul L, Nelson ME, Strogatz D, Graham ML, Eldridge G, Higgins M, Wing D, Seguin RA. Changes in diet and physical activity resulting from the Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities randomized cardiovascular disease risk reduction multilevel intervention trial. IJBNPA. In press.

  8. Lo BK¥, Megiel S*, Graham M, Folta SC, Nelson M, Paul L, Strogatz D, Seguin RA. Associations between frequency of food shopping at different food sources and fruit and vegetable intake among rural residents in upstate New York. Public Health Nutrition. In press.

  9. Wang C, De Roos A, Fujishiro K, Allison MA, Wallace R, Seguin RA, Nassir R, Michael YL. Occupational physical activity and coronary heart disease in Women’s Health Initiative observational study. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A. In press.

  10. Sriram U¥, Sandreuter KJ*, Graham ML, Folta S, Pullyblank K, Paul L, Seguin RA. Process evaluation of Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities: a rural community-based cardiovascular disease prevention. J Nutr Educ Behav. In press.

  11. Pullyblank K, Strogatz D, Folta SC, Paul L, Nelson ME, Graham ML, Marshall GA, Eldridge G, Parry SA, Mebust S, Seguin RA. Effects of the Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities intervention on functional fitness of rural women. Journal of Rural Health. 2019: 1–7. DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12361. PMC: In Process

  12. Lo B¥, Loui C*, Folta S, Flickinger A, Connor L, Liu E*, Megiel S*, Seguin RA. Self-efficacy and cooking confidence are associated with fruit and vegetable intake in a cross-sectional study with rural women. Eating Behaviors. 2019:33: 34-39. DOI:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2019.02.005 PMC: In Process

  13. Seguin RA, Perry CK, Solanki E, McCalmont JC, Ward JP, Jackson C. Mujeres Fuertes y Corazones Saludables, a culturally tailored physical activity and nutrition program for rural latinas: findings from a pilot study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019:16, 630. DOI:10.3390/ijerph16040630. PMC: In Process

  14. Lo BK¥, Graham ML, Folta SC, Paul L, Strogatz D, Nelson ME, Parry SA, Carfagno ME*, Wing D, Higgins M, Seguin RA. Examining the associations between Walk Score, perceived built environment, and physical activity behaviors among women participating in a community-randomized lifestyle change intervention trial: Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019:16, 849. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16050849. PMC: In Process

  15. Seguin RA, McGuirt JT, Jilcott Pitts SB, Garner J¥, Hanson KL, Kolodinsky J, Sitaker M. Knowledge and experience related to community supported agriculture and local foods among nutrition educators. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2018: DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2018.1549520. PMC: In Process

  16. Luo J, Thomson C, Hendryx M, Tinker LF, Manson JE, Li Y, Nelson D, Vitolins M, Seguin RA, Eaton CB, Wactawski-Wende J, Margolis K. Accuracy of self-reported weight in the Women’s Health Initiative. Public Health Nutrition. 2018: DOI:10.1017/S1368980018003002. PMC: In Process

  17. Haynes-Maslow L, Osborne I, Jilcott Pitts S, Sitaker M, Byker-Shanks C, Leone L, Maldonado A, McGuirt J, Andress L, Bailey-Davis L, Baquero B, Kolodinsky J, Lo B¥, Morgan EH^, Seguin RA, Ammerman A. Rural corner store owners’ perceptions of stocking healthier foods in response to proposed SNAP retailer rule changes. Food Policy. 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2018.10.004. PMC: In Process

  18. Hanson KL, Garner J¥, Connor LM, Jilcott Pitts SB, McGuirt J, Harris R*, Kolodinsky J, Wang W, Sitaker M, Ammerman A, Seguin RA. Fruit and vegetable preferences and practices may hinder participation in community supported agriculture among low-income rural families. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2018:1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2018.08.006. PMC: In Process

  19. Becot FA, Sitaker M, Kolodinsky JM, Morgan EH^, Wang W, Garner J¥, Ammerman A, Jilcott Pitts S, Seguin RA. Can a shift in the purchase of local foods by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients impact the local economy? Renew Agr Food Syst. 2018:1-12. DOI: 10.1017/S1742170518000327. PMC: In Process

  20. McGuirt JT, Jilcott Pitts SB, Hanson K, DeMarco M, Seguin RA, Kolodinsky J, Becot F, Ammerman AS. A modified choice experiment to examine willingness to participate in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program among low-income parents. Renew Agr Food Syst. 2018:1–18. DOI: 10.1017/ S1742170518000364. PMC: In Process

  21. White MJ, Jilcott Pitts S, McGuirt J, Hanson KL, Kolodinsky J, Morgan EH^, Wang W, Sitaker M, Ammerman AS, Seguin RA. The perceived influence of cost-offset community supported agriculture on food access among low-income families. Public Health Nutr. 2018:21(15):2866-2874. DOI: 10.1017/S1368980018001751. PMC: In Process

  22. McGuirt JT, Jilcott Pitts SB, Seguin RA, Bentley P, DeMarco M, Ammerman AS. Perspectives on a local food access and nutrition education program from cooperative extension nutrition educators. J Agric Food Syst Community Dev. 2018:8(3):105-122. DOI: 10.5304/jafscd.2018.083.002. PMC: In Process

  23. Morgan EH^, Severs MM*, Hanson KL, McGuirt J, Becot F, Wang W, Kolodinsky J, Sitaker M, Jilcott Pitts SB, Ammerman A, Seguin RA. Gaining and maintaining a competitive edge: evidence from CSA members and farmers on local food marketing strategies. Sustainability. 2018:10(7), 2177. DOI: 10.3390/su10072177. PMC: In Process

  24. Haynes-Maslow L, Andress L, Jilcott Pitts S, Osborne I, Baquero B, Bailey-Davis L, Byker-Shanks C, Houghtaling B, Kolodinsky J, Lo B¥, Morgan EH^, Piltch E, Prewitt E, Seguin RA. Arguments used in public comments to support or oppose the US Department of Agriculture’s minimum stocking requirements: a content analysis. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2018:118(9):1664-1672. DOI: 10.1016/j.jand.2017.12.005. PMC: In Process

  25. Seguin RA, Sriram U¥, Connor LM, Silver AE*, Niu B*, Bartholomew AN*. A civic engagement approach to encourage healthy eating and active living in rural towns: the HEART Club pilot project. Am J Health Promot. 2018:32(7):1591-1601 DOI: 10.1177/0890117117748122. PMC: In Process

  26. Seguin RA, Paul L, Folta SC, Nelson ME, Strogatz D, Graham ML, Diffenderfer A. Eldridge G, Parry SA. Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities: a community based randomized trial for rural women. Obesity. 2018:26(5):845-853. PMC5915907

  27. LaMonte MJ, Buchner DM, Rillamas-Sun E, Di C, Evenson KR, Bellettiere J, Lewis CE, Lee I-M, Tinker LF, Seguin RA, Zaslovsky O, Eaton CB, Stefanick ML, LaCroix AZ. Accelerometer-measured physical activity and mortality in multiethnic women aged 63-99. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018:66(5):886-894. PMC5955801

  28. Brown AGM, Hudson LB, Chui K, Metayer N, Lebron-Torres N, Seguin RA, Folta SC. Improving heart health among Black/African American women using civic engagement: a pilot study. BMC Public Health. 2017;17:112. PMC5259944

  29. Perry C, McCalmont J, Ward J, Menelas HDK*, Jackson C, DeWitz J, Solanki E, Seguin RA. Mujeres Fuertes y Corazones Saludables: adaptation of the StrongWomen —Healthy Hearts Program for rural Latinas using an intervention mapping approach. BMC Public Health. 2017.17:982. PMC5745996

  30. Lo BK¥, Morgan EH^, Folta SC, Graham ML, Paul LC, Nelson ME, Jew NV*, Moffat LF*, Seguin RA. Environmental influences on physical activity among rural adults in Montana, United States: views from built environment audits, resident focus groups, and key informant interviews. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017;14;1173. PMC5664674

  31. Hanson KL, Kolodinsky J, Wang W, Morgan EH^, Jilcott Pitts SB, Ammerman AS, Sitaker M, Seguin RA. Adults and children in low-income households that participate in cost-offset community supported agriculture have high fruit and vegetable consumption. Nutrients. 2017;9(7):726. PMC5537840

  32. Seguin RA, Lo B¥, Sriram U¥, Connor LM, Totta A*. Development and testing of a community audit tool to assess rural built environments: Inventories for Community Health Assessment in Rural Towns. Prev Med Rep. 2017;7:169-175. PMC5496211

  33. Seguin RA, Morgan EH^, Hanson KL, Ammerman A, Jilcott Pitts SB, Kolodinsky J, Sitaker M, Becot FA, Connor LM, Garner JA¥, McGuirt JT. Farm Fresh Foods for Healthy Kids (F3HK): an innovative community supported agriculture intervention to prevent childhood obesity in low-income families and strengthen local agricultural economies. BMC Public Health. 2017;17:306. PMC5385092

  34. Seguin RA, Folta SC, Nelson ME, Hanson KL, LaCroix AZ. Long-term body weight maintenance among StrongWomen – Healthy Hearts program participants. J Environ Public Health. 2017;4372048. PMC5352895

  35. Bea JW, Thomson CA, Wallace RB, Wu C, Seguin RA, Going SB, LaCroix A, Eaton C, Ockene JK, LaMonte MJ, Jackson R, Jerry Mysiw W, Wactawski-Wende J. Changes in physical activity, sedentary time, and risk of falling: the Women’s Health Initiative observational study. Prev Med. 2017;95:103-109. PMC5289299

  36. Morgan EH^, Schoonees A, Faure M, Seguin RA. Caregiver involvement in interventions for improving children’s dietary intake and physical activity behaviors. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2017, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD012547. PMC4827235

  37. Kolodinsky JM, Sitaker M, Morgan EH^, Connor LM, Hanson KL, Becot F, Jilcott Pitts SB, Ammerman AS, Seguin RA. Can CSA cost-offset programs improve diet quality for limited resource families? Choices. 2017;32(1):1-10. PMC: In Process

  38. Sriram U¥, Morgan EH^, Graham ML, Folta SC, Seguin RA. Support and sabotage: a qualitative study of social influences on health behaviors among rural adults. J Rural Health. 2017;12232. PMC: In Process

  39. Brown AGM, Hudson LB, Chui K, Metayer N, Lebron-Torres N, Seguin RA, Folta SC. Improving heart health among Black/African American women using civic engagement: a pilot study. BMC Public Health. 2017;17:112. PMC5259944

  40. Wanigatunga AA, Sourdet SS, LaMonte MJ, Waring ME, Nassir R, Garcia L, Bea JW, Seguin RA, Ockene JK, Sarto GE, Stefanick ML, Limacher M, Manini TM. Physical impairment and body weight history in postmenopausal women: the Women's Health Initiative. Public Health Nutr. 2016;19(17):3169–3177. PMC5135627

  41. Ruggeri D, Seguin RA. Impact of point of sale nutritional information and dietary and exercise habits of college students in Missouri. J Food Nutr Res. 2016;4(3):195-200. PMC: In Process

  42. Sriram U¥, LaCroix AZ, Barrington WE, Corbie-Smith G, Garcia L, Going SB, LaMonte MJ, Manson JE, Sealy-Jefferson S, Stefanick ML, Waring ME, Seguin RA. Neighborhood walkability and adiposity in the Women’s Health Initiative cohort. Am J Prev Med. 2016;51(5):722-730. PMC5067165

  43. King AC, Winter SJ, Sheats J, Rosas LG, Buman MP, Salvo D, Rodriguez NM, Seguin RA, Moran M, Garber R, Broderick B, Zieff SG, Sarmiento OL, Gonzalez SA, Banchoff A, Dommarco JR. Leveraging citizen science and information technology for population physical activity promotion. Transl J Am Coll Sports Med. 2016;1(4):30-44. PMC497814

  44. Morgan EH^, Graham ML, Folta SC, Seguin RA. A qualitative study of factors related to cardiometabolic risk in rural men. BMC Public Health. 2016;16:305. PMC4827235

  45. Foraker RE, Abdel-Rasoul M, Kuller LH, Jackson RD, Van Horn L, Seguin RA, Safford MM, Wallace RB, Kucharska-Newton AM, Robinson JG, Martin LW, Agha G, Hou L, Allen NB, Tindle HA. Cardiovascular health and incident cardiovascular disease and cancer: the Women’s Health Initiative. Am J Prev Med. 2016;50(2):236-240. PMC4718741

  46. Woods NF, Rillamas-Sun E, Cochrane BB, La Croix AZ, Seeman TE, Tindle HA, Zaslavsky O, Bird CE, Johnson KC, Manson JE, Ockene JK, Seguin RA, Wallace RB. Aging well: observations from the Women’s Health Initiative Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016;71(Suppl 1):S3-S12. PMC: In Process

  47. Stefanick ML, Brunner RL, Leng X, Limacher MC, Bird CE, Garcia DO, Hogan PE, LaMonte MJ, Mackey RH, Johnson KC, LaCroix A, Robinson JG, Seguin RA, Tindle HA, Wassertheil-Smoller S. The relationship of cardiovascular disease to physical functioning in women surviving to age 80 and over in the Women’s Health Initiative. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016;71(Suppl 1):S42-S53. PMC: In Process

  48. Seguin RA, Eldridge G, Graham ML, Folta SC, Nelson ME, Strogatz D. Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities: a rural community-based cardiovascular disease prevention program. BMC Public Health. 2016;16:86. PMC4730587

  49. Seguin RA, Aggarwal A, Vermeylen F, Drewnowski A. Consumption frequency of foods away from home linked with higher body mass index and lower fruit and vegetable intake among adults: a cross-sectional study. J Environ Public Health. 2016;3074241. PMC4746344

  50. Folta SC, Seguin RA, Chui K, Clark V, Corbin MA, Goldberg JP, Heidkamp-Young E, Lichtenstein A, Wiker N, Nelson ME. National dissemination of the StrongWomen – Healthy Hearts Program: a community-based program to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease among midlife and older women. Am J Public Health. 2015;05(12):2578-2585. PMC4638239

  51. Shrira A, Zaslavsky O, LaCroix AZ, Seguin RA, Post S, Tindle H, Hingle M, Woods N, Cochrane B, Garcia L, Schnall E, Rillamas-Sun E, Palgi Y. Global quality of life modifies terminal change in physical functioning among older adult women. Age Ageing. 2015;44(3):520-524. PMC4411222

  52. Seguin RA, Morgan EH^, Connor LM, Garner JA¥, King AC, Sheats JL, Winter SJ, Buman MP. Rural food and physical activity assessment using an electronic tablet-based application, New York, 2013-2014. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:150147. PMC4492214

  53. Zaslavsky O, Palgi Y, Rillamas-Sun E, LaCroix AZ, Schnall E, Woods NF, Cochrane BB, Garcia L, Hingle M, Post S, Seguin RA, Tindle H, Shrira A. Dispositional optimism and terminal decline in global quality of life. Dev Psychol. 2015;51(6):856-863. PMC: In Process

  54. Vyas A, Rubenstein L, Robinson J, Seguin RA, Vitolins MZ, Kazlauskaite R, Shikany JM, Johnson KC, Snetselaar L, Wallace R. Diet drink consumption and the risk of cardiovascular events: a report from the Women’s Health Initiative. J Gen Intern Med. 2015;30(4):462-468.

  55. Folta SC, Lichtenstein AH, Seguin RA, Goldberg JP, Corbin MA, Wiker N, Gauker J, Chui K, Nelson ME. The StrongWomen – Healthy Hearts Program in Pennsylvania: RE-AIM analysis. Transl Behav Med. 2015;5(1):94-102. PMC4332910

  56. Seguin RA, Connor LM, Nelson M, LaCroix A, Eldridge G. Understanding barriers and facilitators to healthy eating and active living in rural communities. J Nutr Metab. 2014;146502. PMC4276670

  57. Seguin RA, Folta SC, Sehlke M, Nelson M, Heidkamp-Young E, Fenton M, Junot B. The StrongWomen Change Clubs: engaging residents to catalyze positive change in food and physical activity environments. J Environ Public Health. 2014;162403. PMC4265724

  58. Zheng C, Beresford SA, Van Horn L, Tinker LF, Thomson CA, Neuhouser ML, Di C, Manson JE, Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Seguin RA, Manini T, LaCroix AZ, Prentice RL. Simultaneous association of total energy consumption and activity-related energy expenditure with risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes among postmenopausal women. Am J Epidemiol. 2014;180(5):526-535. PMC4143077

  59. Sitaker M, Kolodinsky J, Jilcott Pitts S, Seguin RA. Do entrepreneurial food systems innovations impact rural economies and health? Evidence and gaps. Am J of Entrepreneurship. 2014;7(2):4-22. PMC4657568

  60. Hingle MD, Wertheim BC, Tindle HA, Tinker L, Seguin RA, Rosal MC, Thomson CA. Optimism and diet quality in the Women’s Health Initiative. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014;114(7):1036-1045. PMC4071123

  61. Aggarwal A, Cook AJ, Jiao J, Seguin RA, Vernez Moudon A, Hurvitz PM, Drewnowski A. Access to supermarkets and fruit and vegetable consumption. Am J Public Health. 2014;104(5):917-923. PMC3987578

  62. Sternfeld B, Guthrie KA, Ensrud KE, LaCroix AZ, Larson JC, Dunn AL, Anderson GL, Seguin RA, Carpenter JS, Newton KM, Reed SD, Freeman EW, Cohen LS, Joffe H, Roberts M, Caan BJ. Efficacy of exercise for menopausal symptoms: a randomized controlled trial. Menopause. 2014;21(4):330-338. PMC3858421

  63. Manini TM, Lamonte MJ, Seguin RA, Manson JE, Hingle M, Garcia L, Stefanick ML, Rodriguez B, Sims S, Song Y, Limacher M. Modifying effect of obesity on the association between sitting and incident diabetes in post-menopausal women. Obesity. 2014;22(4):1133-1141. PMC3968183

  64. Reed SD, Guthrie KA, Newton KM, Anderson GL, Booth-LaForce C, Caan B, Carpenter JS, Cohen LS, Dunn AL, Ensrud KE, Freeman EW, Hunt JR, Joffe H, Larson JC, Learman LA, Rothenberg R, Seguin RA, Sherman KJ, Sternfeld BS, LaCroix AZ. Menopausal quality of life: RCT of yoga, exercise, and omega-3 supplements. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014;210(3):244.e1-244.e11. PMC3976276

  65. Seguin RA, Buchner DM, Liu J, Allison M, Manini T, Wang CY, Manson JE, Messina CR, Patel MJ, Moreland L, Stefanick ML, Lacroix AZ. Sedentary behavior and mortality in older women: the Women's Health Initiative. Am J Prev Med. 2014;46(2):122-135. PMC3896923

  66. Schneider KL, Andrews C, Hovey KM, Seguin RA, Manini T, LaMonte MJ, Margolis KL, Waring ME, Ning Y, Sims S, Ma Y, Ockene J, Stefanick ML, Pagoto SL. Change in physical activity after a diabetes diagnosis: opportunity for intervention. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014;46(1):84-91. PMC4028702

  67. Rillamas-Sun E, LaCroix AZ, Waring ME, Kroenke CH, LaMonte MJ, Vitolins MZ, Seguin RA, Bell CL, Gass M, Manini TM, Masaki KH, Wallace RB. Obesity and late-age survival without major disease or disability in older women. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(1):98-106. PMC3963496

  68. Seguin RA, Eldridge G, Lynch W, Paul LC. Strength training improves body image and physical activity behaviors among midlife and older rural women. J Extension. 2013;51(4):4FEA2. PMC4354895

  69. Sims ST, Kubo J, Desai M, Bea J, Beasley JM, Manson JE, Allison M, Seguin RA, Chen Z, Michael YL, Sullivan SD, Beresford S, Stefanick ML. Changes in physical activity and body composition in postmenopausal women over time. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2013;45(8):1486-1492. PMC3715578

  70. Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Tinker LF, Huang Y, Neuhouser ML, McCann SE, Seguin RA, Vitolins MZ, Curb JD, Prentice RL. Factors relating to eating style, social desirability, body image and eating meals at home increase the precision of calibration equations correcting self-report measures of diet using recovery biomarkers: findings from the Women's Health Initiative. Nutr J. 2013;12(63). PMC3658913

  71. Neuhouser ML, Di C, Tinker LF, Thomson C, Sternfeld B, Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Stefanick ML, Sims S, Curb JD, LaMonte M, Seguin RA, Johnson KC, Prentice RL. Physical activity assessment: biomarkers and self-report of activity-related energy expenditure in the WHI. Am J Epidemiol. 2013;177(6):576-585. PMC3626043

  72. LaCroix AZ, Freeman EW, Larson J, Carpenter JS, Joffe H, Reed SD, Newton KM, Seguin RA, Sternfeld B, Cohen L, Ensrud KE. Effects of escitalopram on menopause-specific quality of life and pain in healthy menopausal women with hot flashes: a randomized controlled trial. Maturitas. 2012;73(4):361-368. PMC3645479

  73. Woods NF, Cochrane BB, LaCroix AZ, Seguin RA, Zaslavsky O, Liu J, Beasley JM, Brunner RL, Espeland MA, Goveas JS, Lane DS, Manson JE, Mouton CP, Robinson JG, Tinker LF. Toward a positive aging phenotype for older women: observations from the Women’s Health Initiative. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2012;67(11):1191-1196. PMC3667695

  74. Folta SC, Seguin RA, Ackerman J, Nelson ME. A qualitative study of leadership characteristics among women who catalyze positive community change. BMC Public Health. 2012;12:383. PMC3406954

  75. Seguin RA, LaMonte M, Tinker L, Liu J, Woods N, Michael YL, Bushnell C, LaCroix AZ. Sedentary behavior and physical function decline in older women: findings from the Women’s Health Initiative. J Aging Res. 2012;271589. PMC3364591

  76. Reed SD, Guthrie KA, Joffe H, Shifren JL, Seguin RA, Freeman EW. Sexual function in nondepressed women using escitalopram for vasomotor symptoms: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2012;119(3):527-538. PMC3345186

  77. Seguin RA, Heidkamp-Young E, Kuder J, Nelson ME. Improved physical fitness among older female participants in a nationally disseminated, community-based exercise program. Health Educ Behav. 2012;39(2):183-190. PMC3727397

  78. Michael YL, Smit E, Seguin RA, Curb JD, Phillips LS, Manson JE. Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and physical performance in postmenopausal women. J Womens Health. 2011;20(11):1603-1608. PMC3216069

  79. Seguin RA, Economos CD, Palombo R, Hyatt R, Kuder J, Nelson ME. Strength training and older women: a cross-sectional study examining factors related to exercise adherence. J Aging Phys Act. 2010;18(2):201-218. PMC4308058

  80. Folta SC, Lichtenstein AH, Seguin RA, Goldberg JP, Kuder JF, Nelson ME. The StrongWomen – Healthy Hearts Program: reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors in rural sedentary, overweight, and obese midlife and older women. Am J Public Health. 2009;99(7):1271-1277. PMC2696662

  81. Seguin RA, Palombo R, Economos CD, Hyatt R, Kuder J, Nelson ME. Factors related to leader implementation of a nationally disseminated community-based exercise program: a cross-sectional study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2008;5:62. PMC2614422

  82. Seguin RA, Economos CD, Hyatt R, Palombo R, Reed PN, Nelson ME. Design and national dissemination of the StrongWomen Community Strength Training Program. Prev Chronic Dis. 2008;5(1):A25. PMC2248774

  83. Folta SC, Goldberg JP, Lichtenstein AH, Seguin RA, Reed PN, Nelson, ME. Factors related to cardiovascular disease risk reduction in midlife and older women: a qualitative study. Prev Chronic Dis. 2008;5(1):A06. PMC2248795

  84. Nelson ME, Seguin RA. Targeted exercise for promoting bone health in women. Am J Med Sports. 2004;6(2):92-96.

  85. Seguin RA, Nelson ME. The benefits of strength training for older adults. Am J Prev Med. 2003;25(3Sii):141-149.

^ Post-doctoral mentee; ¥ Graduate student mentee; * Undergraduate mentee


  1. Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities. Leader Guide, Cornell University, Montana State University Extension, and Tufts University, 329 pages, 2017.

  2. Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities. Participant Guide, Cornell University, Montana State University Extension, and Tufts University, 673 pages. 2017.

  3. Farm Fresh Foods for Healthy Kids. Cornell University, 128 pages, 2016.

  4. Mujeres Fuertes, Corazones Saludables (StrongWomen, Healthy Hearts). Oregon Health & Sciences University, 463 pages, 2016.

  5. Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities. Cornell University, Montana State University Extension, and Tufts University, 632 pages, 2015.

  6. Strong Hearts, Healthy Women. Cornell University, Montana State University Extension, and Tufts University, 91 pages, 2015.

  7. The HEART Club: Encouraging Healthy Eating and Activity in Rural Towns through Civic Engagement. Cornell University, 58 pages, 2014.

  8. The Change Club—Healthy Hearts Program (Adaptation For Black/African American Women): A Civic Engagement Program to Catalyze Resident-Led Community Changes that Support Healthy Living. Cornell University and Tufts University, 74 pages, 2013.

  9. StrongWomen Strength Training Program Guide: Training Tips and Exercise Modifications Guidelines. Cornell University and Montana State University, 30 pages, 2012.

  10. The StrongWomen Booster Pack: Additional Exercises for your StrongWomen Programs. Cornell University and Tufts University, 71 pages, 2011.

  11. The Change Club: A Civic Engagement Program to Catalyze Resident-Led Community Changes that Support Healthy Living. Cornell University and Tufts University, 62 pages, 2011.

  12. The StrongWomen – Healthy Hearts Program and Weight Management Tool Kit: A Program Leader’s Guide to Conducting Physical Activity and Nutrition Programs for Women. Tufts University, 576 pages, 2008.

  13. The StrongWomen Tool Kit: A Program Leader’s Guide to Conducting Strength Training Programs for Women. Tufts University, 189 pages, 2003. Website:

Books and Book Chapters

  1. Seguin RA, Nelson ME. Aging Well Through Sound Nutrition and Physical Activity. Chapter in Women’s Retirement Guide. The Heinz Family Foundation, 2006.

  2. Nelson ME, Seguin RA. Physical Activity and Older Adults: Impact on Physical Frailty and Disability. Chapter in: Measurement Issues in Aging and Physical Activity, edited by Weimo Zhu and Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko. Human Kinetics, 2006.

  3. Seguin RA, Nelson ME. Better Bones at Menopause: Supporting Your Skeleton. Chapter in: Menopause: Beyond Convention, edited by Mary Tagliaferri. Penguin Putnam, 2006.

  4. Seguin RA, Buchner D, Epping J, Nelson, ME. Growing Stronger: Strength Training for Older Adults. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 112 pages, 2004. Website:

2012 - Present       Field Member, Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
2012 - Present       Faculty Affiliate, Cornell Population Center, Cornell University
2012 - Present       Adjunct Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
2012 - Present       Faculty Affiliate, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University
2015 - Present       Fellow, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University


Public engagement, including working with cooperative extension as well as community agencies and healthcare outpatient clinics, is a significant component of nearly all aspects of my work. The primary goal of this engagement is to develop and disseminate evidence-based programs that can reach a broad audience—particularly underserved populations.  My current projects include programs tailored for low-income families, rural residents, seniors, Latinas, and African Americans. 

My research projects include rigorous formative research facilitated by extensive community partnerships, e.g. local health educators.  Public engagement is a critical element of the formative research which, as appropriate, includes focus groups, in-depth and key informant interviews, community advisory boards, and community audits. Depending on the project and its goals, we then work closely with community partners, policy makers, community advisory boards, and/or residents to integrate feedback on intervention approach and content, as well as dissemination and implementation plans that will support adoption and maintenance of programs long-term.

In addition to public engagement integrated into my research projects, I provide leadership for outreach for the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is a collaboration of the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); NYS Office for the Aging; and CCE. The outreach program brings awareness about benefits to low-income families and seniors and increases their knowledge and skill related to selecting and preparing fresh produce from the farmers’ market. Across New York State, I provide guidance and oversight for FMNP outreach that is delivered by county-based CCE staff. This work included more than 230 education events at farmers’ markets in 2018.

I aim to create and foster an open, inclusive, and engaging experience for all students. This involves engaging students through meaningful discussion, activities, and other assignments that help them achieve learning objectives. I work to maintain and expand my expertise and to communicate that information effectively to students. I also strive to remain flexible and fluid in my engagement with student and our work together, allowing for the integration of relevant current events. I implement activities that encourage independent, critical thinking skills and the transition from content-based knowledge acquisition to practical application in a variety of projects and settings. 

2013 - 2018     NS 4010, Empirical Research (Independent Study) 

2018                NS 4060, Experiential Learning in GPHS

2015 - 2017     NS 7040, Grant Writing

2014 - 2017     NS 1600, Introduction to Public Health

2014 - 2017     NS 4030, Teaching Apprenticeship

2018 Professional Training in Dietetics Internship, Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP), Iowa State University. Ames, IA

2009-2011 NIH (NIA) T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Group Health Research Institute. Seattle, WA.

2008 Ph.D. Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Tufts University. Boston, MA

2004 M.S. Nutrition Communications Tufts University. Boston, MA

1998 B.S. Clinical Exercise Physiology Boston University. Boston, MA

  • Program Coordinator, PhD RD Program, Division of Nutritional Sciences (2018-present)
  • Member, Faculty Search Committee, Division of Nutritional Sciences (2017-present)
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Tenure and Promotion Dossiers (2), College of Human Ecology (2017-present)
  • Member, College of Human Ecology Dean’s Diversity Committee (2013-present)
  • Member, Division of Nutritional Sciences Academic Affairs Committee (2013-present)
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