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Gina Jarman Hill, PhD, RD, LD

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Associate Professor and Coordinated Program in Dietetics Director Main: 817.257.6320
Ph.D. Texas Tech University, 2003 MS Texas Tech University, 1999 BS Texas Tech University, 1998

Biography

Dr. Gina Jarman Hill joined the faculty of the Department of Nutritional Sciences in 2003. Dr. Hill received her B.S., M.S., and PhD in Food and Nutrition and completed the dietetic internship at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Hill has worked as a clinical dietitian and as a consultant dietitian for a number of facilities.

Hill is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Hill co-leads the Food Recovery Working Group of the Tarrant County Food Policy Council (TCPFC) and serves on the TCPFC Board. Hill also serves on the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas Board of Directors. Hill is the faculty advisor for the TCU Chapter of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) which helps fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from campus and nearby businesses where it is then donated to organizations that feed those in need. Hill is a member of the Nutrition Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP).  She is also a member of three dietetic practice groups; the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (HEN) group, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, and Medical Nutrition Practice Group. Hill is a Tarrant County Master Gardener and has attended courses in Permaculture Design Certification and the Permaculture Teacher Certification Training.

Dr. Hill served as the clinical coordinator for the Medical Nutrition Therapy supervised practice rotations for nine years from 2004-2012. Her current teaching responsibilities include Essentials of Dietetic Practice, Community Nutrition, Infant and Child Nutrition, and Supervised Practice in Nutrition Research I, II and III. She served as the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) from Fall 2007 through Summer 2013 when she began her appointment as Director of the Coordinated Program (CP) in Dietetics. Her current research interests include lactation and human milk, nutrition education, Medical Nutrition Therapy in various life stages, urban health, and the relationships between nutrition and marketing and food insecurity and food waste.

Since 2013, Dr. Hill has partnered with the teachers and administrators at University Christian Church (UCC) Weekday School (WDS) to create a community learning garden. Students enrolled in Dr. Hill’s Community Nutrition and Infant and Child Nutrition classes and other nutrition students who volunteer with Hill develop the ongoing curriculum about nutrition, health and gardening and teach lessons to preschool children. She has enjoyed working with the TCU students, UCC WDS staff, children and families in this fun and important, “Seed to Plate” program.

In 2019, Hill and her colleagues on the TCFPC were instrumental in the development and implementation of a Sustainability Pilot Project into a local Fort Worth ISD Elementary School in which the school children utilized a Share Table, recycling, and composting in order to reduce food and overall waste.

In 2017, the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics honored Hill with the Outstanding Nutrition Education Award. Dr. Hill was honored in 2001 by the Texas Dietetic Association as a Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year.

Research Interests

Lactation and human milk, nutrition education, Medical Nutrition Therapy in various life stages, urban health, and the relationships between nutrition and marketing and food insecurity and food waste.