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Christopher Wharton

Interim School Director and Associate Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion


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  • PhD - Arizona State University, 2006
  • MS - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
  • BS - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000

Research Interests

Lifestyle-wide Behavior Change, Voluntary Simplicity, Healthy Food Production and Distribution, Food Systems and Sustainability, Local Food Programs, Food Security

Research Publications

  • sustainability: Emerging themes and consensus. J Ag Food Human Val. 2016:1-17
  • Wharton CM, Hughner R, MacMillan AL*.  Community Supported Agriculture Programs: A Novel Venue for Theory-Based Health Behavior Change Interventions.  Ecol Food Nutr. 2015;54(3):280-301.
  • Wharton, C.M., Cunningham, B., Sterner, D., Johnston, C. (2014)Diet self-monitoring, but not dietary quality, improves with use of smart phone app technology.  J Nutr Ed Behav. 46(5):440-444.
  • Bertmann F, Barroso C, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Hampl J, Sell K, Wharton CM. WIC CVV use in Arizona: A qualitative exploration of barriers and strategies related to fruit and vegetable purchases. J Nutr Ed Behav. 2014;46(3 Suppl):S53-S58.
  • Bertmann, F., Ohri-Vachaspati, P., Buman M., &, Wharton C.M. (2012). Implementation of wireless terminals at farmers’ markets: Impact on overall sales and SNAP redemption. American Journal of Public Health, 102(7):53-55.
  • MacMillan, A.L., Winham, D., & Wharton, C.M. (2012). Community supported agriculture membership: Charactering food and sustainability behaviors. Appetite, 59:414-419.
  • Fehrenbach, K.S., & Wharton, C.M. (2012). Consumer information-seeking preferences at a university farmers' market. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 7:53-63.
  • Wharton, C.M. (2011). Food beyond nutrition: Bringing politics and ethics into nutrition curriculum. Teaching Ethics, 11(2), 15-24.
  • Wharton, C.M., & Harmon, A.H. (2009). University engagement through local food enterprise: Community supported agriculture on college campuses. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 4(2), 112-128.

Research Activity