Dr. Snetselaar is Professor of Epidemiology in the University of Iowa, College of Public Health and also holds an Endowed Chair of Preventive Nutrition Education in the Department of Epidemiology. She served as Faculty Senate President during the 2012-2013 academic year. In June 2013, Dr. Snetselaar was appointed to Associate Provost of Outreach and Engagement leading 6 program initiatives while unifying engagement efforts on campus. She is also director of the Nutrition Center, and has also served in the past as the Interim Departmental Executive Officer for the College of Public Health, Department of Community and Behavioral Health. Her research interests include relationships between diet and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and renal disease with several current research projects focused on promoting health and reducing obesity among children.
Dr. Snetselaar has participated as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI in numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded studies including the Lipid Research Clinic Studies, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease Study, the Women’s Health Initiative, the Women’s Intervention Study, the Diet Intervention Study in Children and the Diet Intervention Study in Children 2006. Her current work has built on these landmark studies bringing them into communities in Iowa and throughout the US along with other countries including Africa, China, Malaysia, Romania, the Czech Republic and Micronesia. In the past Dr. Snetselaar has served as PI and Director of the Prevention Intervention Center funded by CDC, and is PI on a project for the Center for Excellence funded by National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Her work in these federally funded centers was community-based and included a focus on training a variety of educators and clinicians in change for unhealthy behaviors. Dr. Snetselaar has directed numerous school based programs through foundation funding.