Faculty Profile: Dr. Heidi J. Silver

Dr. Heidi J. SilverNutrition Scientist and Consultant , Work Phone: () -Email Address:
Previous Courses Taught (2)
  • The Evolving Tipping Point of Body Weight: From Malnutrition to Obesity
  • The Evolving Tipping Point of Body Weight: From Malnutrition to Obesity



University of Massachusetts-Amherst: B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science with a minor in Psychology. 1977

Florida International University, Miami: M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, Master’s Thesis: Effects of menu change and nutrition education on food waste in 12 Broward county elementary school lunch programs of differing socioeconomic status. 1991

Florida International University, Miami: Ph.D. in Clinical Nutrition, Doctoral Dissertation: Stressors, mediators, and health care outcomes from home enteral nutrition (tube feeding) in a multi-ethnic group of head and neck cancer patients from the Miami Veterans Administration, and the tasks and preparedness of their family caregivers. 2001

Plantation General Hospital, Florida: Dietetic Internship, One year internship with rotations in clinical nutrition practice, community dietetics, food service and food production. 1990 


Leadership Training:

2005 Dannon Institute: Early Career Academic Nutrition Leadership Institute

  1. 2010  Vanderbilt Faculty Development Workshop: The Science of Unconscious Bias

  2. 2011  Vanderbilt Faculty Development Workshop: Educational Scholarship

  3. 2012  Vanderbilt Faculty Development Workshop: Teams, Resources and Relationships

  4. 2013  Vanderbilt Faculty Development Workshop: Removing Barriers to Innovation

  5. 2014  Dannon Institute: Mid-Career Academic Nutrition Leadership Institute

  1. 2014  Vanderbilt Faculty Development Workshop: Team Building

  2. 2015  Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Leadership Institute

Licensure and Certification:

Certified Dance Exercise Trainer, International Dance Exercise Association, 1985

Certified Exercise and Fitness Trainer, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, 1986

Registered Dietitian (RD), R726629, American Dietetic Association, 1991

Certified Food Service Manager, National Restaurant Association, 1992

Board Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian (CNSD), American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 1993

Certified Bone Densitometrist, Radiology Education Seminars (RES), 2007 Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, State of Tennessee, 2013-