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ICAN-UGROW Research and Outreach Team

Marsha Spence, PhD, MPH, RDN, LDN
Marsha Spence Team

Professor Spence is an associate professor of practice, director of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Leadership Education and Training Program, which is funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and director of the Public Health Nutrition Graduate Program. She is “All Vol!” She earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition, a dual master’s degree in nutrition and public health, and her doctorate degree in human ecology (nutrition) from the University of Tennessee. Her research and outreach interests include increasing access to healthful food for vulnerable populations, school and community-based interventions to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity, promoting healthy environments for children, adolescents, and their families, and youth leadership and advocacy development to improve school and community health environments. As you might guess, Professor Spence is an avid fan of all sports at the University of Tennessee, especially football, basketball, and volleyball. She loves the waterways in Knoxville and can be found in her canoe or on her boat or paddle board most weekends from May through September.

UGROW Lab 2020-2021

Julianne Evans

Madelyn Howe

Kayla Irwin

Samikshya Thapa

UGROW Lab Alumni


Rebecca Green, MS

Veronica Rubio, MS, RDN


Marissa Black, MS, RDN

Courtney Liles, MS, RDN

Tiffany Harris, MS, MPH, RDN


Alexandra Alford, MS, MPH, RDN

Randa Meade, MS, MPH, RDN

Sarah Lisson, MS-MPH, RDN

Lauryn Palgut, MS, RDN

Jennifer Trumbo, MS-MPH


Megan Beck, MS, RDN

Julia Bell, MS, RDN

Kristen Clay, MS, RDN

Megan Fritts, MS, RDN

Claudia Geary, MS, RDN

Rebekah Kennedy, PhD, MPH

Sara Hay, MS, RDN

Jade Parry, MS, RDN

Rachel Tuskan, MS, RDN