Tricia Psota, PhD, RDN
Scientist & Storyteller
Tricia is a registered dietitian nutritionist with an extensive and diverse background in nutrition research, education, policy, and communications. She has held influential roles within the federal government, education and health care sectors, and research institutions—all aimed at using nutrition to improve individual and public health nationally. Her expertise involves translating complex, nutrition science into easy-to-digest guidance, providing strategic policy insights, and crafting evidence-based omnimedia communications for an array of audiences.
During a far-reaching career spanning more than two decades, Tricia has become an influential source for nutritional guidance and information. While at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she assisted with scientific reviews for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and helped bring MyPlate, a nutritional guide for consumers, to life. Tricia conducted behavioral health interventions focused on chronic disease prevention while assistant director of research at the Uniformed Services University’s Center for Health Disparities. Similarly, she spearheaded and supervised nutrition research as a metabolic clinical research dietitian at the National Institutes of Health. Tricia has also conducted in-depth nutritional assessments with clients as an outpatient dietitian at the National Center for Weight and Wellness. Her passion for counseling led her to co-found Victus Health and Wellness Center, where she also served as executive director. For more than seven years, Tricia also has held academic positions with George Washington University and the Community College of Philadelphia.
Tricia is a go-to source for media outlets seeking nutrition information; she has been featured in numerous print and online publications as well as in TV and radio spots. Her publications include five book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed articles.
Tricia has a doctorate in nutrition science and two bachelor’s degrees (nutrition science and vertebrate physiology) from The Pennsylvania State University. Even when she’s not working, Tricia embraces the world of food and nutrition through gardening (alongside her pups) and cooking nutritious and delicious meals for loved ones.
“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”