Catherine Violette, Ph.D. R.D. L.D.

Catherine Violette, Ph.D. R.D. L.D.

Emeritus Faculty, Extension Professor and Specialist, Food and Agriculture, UNH Cooperative Extension

Educational Background:

Ph.D., Nutrition, The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Human Development (Nutrition), University of Maine at Orono
B.S., Nutrition, University of Maine at Orono
B.S., Child Development, University of Maine at Orono

Courses Taught:

Nutrition Education and Counseling (NUTR 610)

General Area of Interest and/or Specialty:

Food safety, food systems, nutrition education, nutrition education for older adults

Representative Publications:

Violette C, Kantor M, Ferguson K, Reicks M, Marquart L, Laus M, Cohen N.  Package Information Used by Older Adults to Identify Whole Grain Foods.  Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics.  Accepted for publication, DOI; 10.1080/21551197.2016.1168759.

Violette C.  Seafood–exploring benefits and risks. Journal of Foodservice. 2008;19:201-204.

Pivarnik LF, Richard NL, Patnoad MS, Gable RK, Handley D, Hirsch DW, Steen D, Violette C.On-site interview of New England gardeners to assess food safety knowledge and practices related to growing and handling of home grown fresh fruits and vegetables.  Food Protection Trends. 2008;28(2):115-124.

Research Presentations and Abstracts:

Wickham C, Cohen N, Violette C.  Food Safety Knowledge and Psychosocial Indicators in Relation to Garden and Personal Behaviors in Early Childcare Educators.  Poster session accepted for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Meeting, July 30, 2016 in San Diego, CA. 

Violette C.  Assessment of Dietary Intakes and Nutritional risk of Community-Residing Adults Age 60+ Years.  Presented during the Changing the Health Trajectory for Older Adults through Effective Diet and Activity Modifications Symposium at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Meeting, July 28, 2015 in Pittsburg, PA.

Violette C, Davis K, Curran-Celentano J, Francis S, MacNab L.  Is It Whole Grain? An Education Program to Help Older Adults Identify Whole Grain Foods.   Poster session at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Meeting, July 26, 2015 in Pittsburg, PA. 

Violette C.  Whole Grains, Leafy Greens, Biomarkers, and Eating Behavior: A Multistate Collaboration on a Healthy Aging Success Story.  Symposium Co-presented with Dr. Mark Kantor, University of Maryland, at the Society of Nutrition Education Annual Meeting, July 26, 2010 in Reno, NV.

Additional Information:

Dr. Violette chairs UNH Cooperative Extension’s Area of Expertise in Food Safety.   Cooperative Extension’s Food Safety team provides food safety education to each section of the food system – consumers, retail, processors and producers.   


Catherine Violette
Kendall Hall, Room 416
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-2496