Tashara M. Leak
Tashara M. Leak
Associate Professor
Division of Nutritional Sciences


I design culturally relevant interventions, in partnership with community stakeholders, that aim to improve diet, health, and overall wellbeing of adolescents that reside in urban communities. I am deeply committed to conducting research that informs public health programming and policy. As such, the majority of my research studies have a clearly identified plan for translation from the very beginning.  

Advanced Cooking Education (ACE) Program:

Black Girls for Wellness (BGW):

NS 1600: Introduction to Public Health

Member, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Member, International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity      

Member, American Public Health Association

Member, American Society for Nutrition          

Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics      


Co-Director, Action Research Collaborative

Postdoctoral Scholar, Public Health Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of California-Berkeley

Ph.D., Nutrition, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

M.S., Nutrition, Meredith College

B.A., Spanish, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

R.D., Iowa State University

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