Heather Schier

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Assistant Professor
PhD, Interdisciplinary Nutrition, The Ohio State University
553 Leon Levine Hall


Dr. Schier (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Appalachian State University. She holds a PhD from the Ohio State Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Nutrition Program. Dr. Schier's academic journey has been marked by excellence and a commitment to advancing the field of nutrition. Having spent two years abroad, Dr. Schier contributed her nutrition and wellness expertise to the NHS England National Diabetes Prevention Program.

Her current research is characterized by an innovative approach, employing community-engaged mixed methods research to shed light on the unique nutrition-related experiences and priorities of gender-expansive youth. This groundbreaking work not only advances the field but also fosters inclusivity and equity in nutritional research.

Dr. Schier is highly engaged in the academic community, actively participating in organizations such as the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior and the American Society for Nutrition. She served as the 2021 American Society for Nutrition Science Policy Fellow, showcasing her commitment to science policy advocacy. Dr. Schier has presented at a number of international conferences and webinars as an invited speaker. 

One of Dr. Schier's notable contributions to the academic discourse is a published article in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This article outlines crucial recommendations for inclusive sex and gender data collection practices, demonstrating her dedication to fostering diversity and inclusivity in research.

Beyond her academic pursuits, Dr. Schier is a loving mother to two dogs and a cat. In her hard-earned free time, she enjoys savoring a nice glass of wine and exploring the beautiful Western North Carolina landscape. 


Doctor of Philosophy 2020-2023
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Major: Human Nutrition

Master of Science 2016-2018
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Major: Nutrition and Dietetics

Bachelor of Arts 2010-2014
Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, OH
Major: Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy

Research Interests

  • Intersections between nutrition policy and health equity
  • Nutrition-related lived experiences and dietary behaviors of transgender and gender-diverse youth and young adults
  • Gender inclusive teaching and research methodologies

Professional Publications

  • Schier H, Garrity K, Chetty K, Westrick M, Copeland K, Miller A, Gunther C. A Narrative Review of Clinic-Community Food Provision Interventions Aimed at Improving Diabetes Outcomes Among Food-Insecure Adults: Examining the Role of Nutrition Education. Nutrition Reviews. 2023
  • Gunther C, Richards R, Jones B, Reicks M, Monroe-Lord L, Banna J, Hopkins L, Topham G, Ballejos M, Anderson A, Schier H, Lora K. Adolescent independent eating occasions, dietary intake, and parenting practices during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study of parents and adolescents from low-income households. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2023
  • Gupta S, Mayers E, Schwierking S, Westrick M, Schier H, Sharn A, Pannell C, Gunther C. Online Grocery Shopping and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefit Transfer Card (EBT): Perceptions of Head Start Caregivers. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 2023;62(1-2), 75-87
  • Schier, H, Gunther, C, Landry, M, Ohlhorst, S, Linsenmeyer, W. Sex and Gender Data Collection in Nutrition Research: Considerations through an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Lens. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2022; DOI: 10.1016/j.jand.2022.09.014
  • Hopkins LC, Holloman C, Webster, A, Labyk AN, Penicka C, May L, Sharn A, Gupta S, Schier H, Kennel JA, Gunther C. Caregiver Diet and Health Outcomes of the Simple Suppers Program: A 10-week, 2-group Quasi-Experimental Family Meals Trial. Nutrients. 2022;12(2): 250
  • Hopkins LC, Sharn AR, Remley D, Schier H, Olak R, Drakeford D, Pannell C, Gunther C. Caregiver Perceptions of Environmental Facilitators and Barriers to Healthy Eating and Active Living during the Summer: Results from the Project SWEAT Sub-Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(21):11396.
  • Schier, H, Linsenmeyer, W. Nutrition-related messages shared among the online transgender community: A netnography of YouTube vloggers. Transgender Health 2019, 4:1, 340–349, DOI: 10.1089/trgh.2019.0048
  • Schier, H, Eliot, K, Herron, S, Landfried, L, Migicovsky, Z, Rubin, M, Miller, A. Comparative Analysis of Perennial and Annual Phaseolus Seed Nutrient Concentrations. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2787.

Courses Taught

  • NUT 2202 Nutrition and Health
  • NUT 3205 Nutrition Across the Lifecycle

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Nutrition
  • Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior