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Anne VanBeber, Ph.D., RD, LD, CFCS

Anne VanBeber
Department Chair and Professor Main: 817.257.7518
Ph.D. Texas Woman's University, 1991 MS Texas Woman's University, 1982 BS Texas Tech University, 1979


Dr. Anne VanBeber, a nutrition educator since 1983, has been a Nutritional Sciences faculty member since 1992. She received a B.S. from Texas Tech University with a double major in Home Economics Education and Food and Nutrition. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas Woman’s University where she majored in Nutrition with a minor in Food Science. A Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Dr. VanBeber was named a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2015.  In August 2016, she was awarded the distinction of Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist through the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University.  She is also Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences through the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Dr. VanBeber has been Department Chair since August 2014, a position she also held from 1998-2013.  She has a combined 21 years experience serving as the Director of the TCU Coordinated Program in Dietetics as well as the Director of the TCU Didactic Program in Dietetics.  Current teaching responsibilities include Food Preparation, Meal Management, Gourmet Foods, Food and Culture, and Veganism, Sustainability, and Plant-based Food Studies. She has completed culinary arts training at the Culinary Institute of America-Greystone, University of Alaska, and the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine in New Orleans. Her broad travels throughout Mexico have enhanced her knowledge and skills in Latin American cuisine and culture. She has also traveled extensively throughout Spain, and during the summers of 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2019 Dr. VanBeber has led TCU students on study abroad programs to Seville, Spain, with a curriculum focus on food insecurity in the service-learning sector.

Dr. VanBeber is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, where she has held leadership positions at the state level. She served as the 2012-2013 Director of the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. She has also held leadership positions in the Fort Worth and Dallas affiliates of the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2017, Dr. VanBeber was invited for membership in the Dallas chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a philanthropic organization of women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality.  An accomplished author, Dr. VanBeber has published over 30 refereed articles in professional journals, 13 articles in professional newsletters/magazines, and five chapters in reference books. She has conducted numerous presentations at state and national professional meetings and enjoys presenting food and nutrition-related programs to community and public organizations. Dr. VanBeber is a sought-after nutrition expert who has been quoted in Today’s Dietitian, Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, Yoga Journal, Arthritis Today, Family Circle, Woman’s Health, Fitness, Oxygen, Looking Good Now, She Knows Low Carb, and Fort Worth Texas magazines as well as in other electronic and print media.

Dr. VanBeber was named an Outstanding Dietetics Educator by the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2001. She was also awarded as the Academic Advisor of the Year by the TCU Panhellenic Association in 2004 and has been honored as a Preferred Professor by the TCU Mortar Board chapter on several occasions. In December 2009, Dr. VanBeber was honored by TCU with the Dean’s Teaching Award for significant and meritorious achievement in teaching.  Most recently, she was honored with the TCU College of Science and Engineering Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar in September 2018.

Research Interests

Nutrition knowledge
food preparation and culinary knowledge and skills
food serving/portion size
food sensory evaluation