Dr. Sharonda Wallace is a member of the CEPH Board of Councilors. She is the Dean of the MPH degree program at Chamberlain University’s College of Health Professions. She joined Chamberlain University in 2020, bringing over 25 years of experience as both a nutrition healthcare practitioner and educator in the public health field. Dr. Wallace’s research interests focus on the reduction and elimination of diet related health disparities in underrepresented populations. She has been awarded several research grants throughout her career in the areas of nutrition, public health and community health education. Additionally, she has published numerous articles and book chapters in these respective fields.
Prior to joining the administration at Chamberlain University, Dr. Wallace held a variety of leadership positions in healthcare, academia, and the private sector. Most notable roles include, Associate Professor and Director of the Dietetic Internship (Pre-Registered Dietitian programs) for both San Francisco State University and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Wallace also served as the founding Dean of the Nutrition and Dietetics undergraduate Coordinated Pre- Registered Dietitian program at West Coast University, the Associate Dean of Nursing Administration at West Coast University, and the founding Dean of the Master of Public Health program at West Coast University.
Dr. Wallace holds memberships in the American Public Health Association, the Texas Public Health Association, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH), The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), and the Young Men’s Service League -Coppell, Texas Chapter. Dr. Wallace recently completed six years of service as a site visitor for the Accreditation Council on Nutrition Education and Dietetics from June 2015 to May 2021. Dr. Wallace has also served on several boards, including UC Davis Center of Excellence in Nutrigenomics, Head Start Board of Greater Dallas, Baylor Scott and White Hospital’s Foundation Board-Irving, Texas, Texas Southern University Nutrition and Dietetics Board, and Children’s Hospital Dallas, Health and Wellness Alliance.
Dr. Wallace earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from The University of California, Los Angeles, her master’s degree in public health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a concentration in nutrition, and her doctorate degree in nutrition from Penn State university. Dr. Wallace trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University’s Obesity Research Center, St. Luke’s Roosevelt- Hospital, New York. Additionally, she is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Licensed Dietitian in the state of Texas.