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Julie Metos

Julie Metos, MPH, RD, CD, PhD

Academic Information

Departments Emeritus - Family & Preventive Medicine

Divisions: Public Health

Academic Office Information

Julie M. Metos, PhD, MPH, RD is Assistant Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah. Her research interests focus on child and adolescent obesity prevention. She completed her doctorate at the University of Utah in the Division of Public Health. Ms. Metos received her MPH in Public Health Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley and attended the University of Utah for undergraduate studies, receiving a BS in Nutrition and a BFA in Ballet. Prior to joining the Division of Nutrition, she was employed as the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Primary Children’s Medical Center where she directed inpatient and outpatient clinical dietitians and developed programs and services for children and their families. Ms. Metos has also been employed by the American Heart Association as Director of Community Programs and by the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program of Salt Lake County.

Research Statement

It is an exciting time to contribute to obesity prevention research. My hope is that in the next two decades, we can bend the obesity curve so that children and adolescents can be physically and emotionally prepared for a healthy adulthood. I am especially interested in policy and systems approaches that reach those that are most affected by obesity. I am also interested in how altering the built environment can influence energy balance and improve health. It will take novel approaches to decrease obesity prevalence. I enjoy research that helps determine which approaches make a difference.

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Mihalopoulos Nicole L (05/2017).
  2. Metos J (02/2017).
  3. Metos J (09/2016).
  4. Chen X (10/2015).
  5. North JC (04/2015).
  6. Young M (06/01/2014).
  7. Utz RL (03/15/2013).
  8. Lanier WA (01/09/2012).
  9. Lanier WA (12/15/2011).
  10. Utz Rebecca L (2011). A Multivariate Analysis of Federally Mandated School Wellness Policies on Adolescent Obesity. 49(4), 363-370. (Read full article)
  11. Smith EK (2011). Reliability and Validity of a Breastfeeding Knowledge Survey in Allied Health Students. 111(9), A68. (Read full article)
  12. DeMill JH (2011). Teacher Awareness and Implementation of Food and Physical Activity Policies in Utah Elementary Schools, 2010. (Read full article)
  13. Metos Julie (2011). Words or Reality: Are School District Wellness Policies Implemented? A Systematic Review of the Literature. 7(2), 90-100. (Read full article)
  14. (07/2011).
  15. Metos JM (03/15/2011).
  16. Cardell E (01/01/2011). We Can Too!: Development and Evaluation of Lesson Plans for the Parents of Overweight Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. 111(9), A89. (Read full article)
  17. Joy E (2010). Improving the Prevention, Early Recognition, and Treatment of Pediatric Obesity by Primary Care Physicians. 49(10), 964-969. (Read full article)
  18. Young PC (10/15/2010).
  19. Metos Julie (2007). The Strength of School Wellness Policies: One State?s Experience. 77(7), 367-372. (Read full article)
  20. (07/2007).

Edited Book

  1. Tsai LL (Ed.) (12/10/2009).


  1. Julie Metos (11/20/2018). Community-Based Culinary Medicine: Community-Led, Culturally Appropriate Curriculum Development [Abstract]. American Public Health Association Annual Conference.
  2. Nica Clark (07/19/2018). Focus Groups Evaluating Diabetes Risk Factors and Resource Gaps in Utah High Schools. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior [Abstract]. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.
  3. Shannon Jones (04/24/2018). Measuring Nutrition Literacy, Food Availability and Health Interests Across the Spectrum of Homelessness. [Abstract]. Utah Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  4. Kelan Pearson (11/16/2017). Metabolic dysfunction in adolescents with obesity: the roles of maternal and child factors. [Abstract]. Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Washington, DC.
  5. Natalie Norris (11/01/2017). Nutrition knowledge among children from low socioeconomic Families and its relationship to health-related fitness, physical activity knowledge, and metabolic health. [Abstract]. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, Chicago, IL.
  6. Vinichagoon T (04/25/2017). The Development of an Objective Scoring System for Evaluating Mediterranean Diet Recipes. [Abstract]. Utah Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  7. Rose Mattson (04/19/2017). Changes in physical activity/nutrition knowledge and enjoyment in CSPAP schools [Abstract]. Society of Health and Physical Educators. Boston, MA.
  8. Mey V (03/2016). [Abstract].
  9. WU YP (11/2015). [Abstract].
  10. North JC (10/2015). [Abstract].
  11. Daly-Wolfe KM (10/2015). [Abstract].
  12. Metos J (03/2015). [Abstract].
  13. Julie Metos (03/01/2014). [Abstract].
  14. Julie Metos (04/01/2013). [Abstract].
  15. Julie Metos (03/01/2013). [Abstract].
  16. Jepson-Sullivan (01/01/2011). [Abstract].
  17. Masson J (01/01/2011). [Abstract].


  1. (07/2011).
  2. (07/2011).
  3. (07/2010).