Natalie Valpiani
Course Instructor

Natalie Valpiani, PhD, MPH, has worked as a nutrition and food policy researcher for domestic and international non-profit organizations. Through this research and related teaching experience, Natalie has developed expertise in the design, implementation, and analysis of survey-based research projects. Her most recent consulting work, for the international research organization WorldFish, has involved analyzing data on animal source food preferences, knowledge about aquaculture, and fish consumption habits, among low-income households in Egypt and Bangladesh. Natalie’s additional research interests focus on the effects of price, seasonality, and local food outlet type on fruit and vegetable price and consumption. She is also interested in nutrition programs that aim to improve dietary diversity. Before beginning her graduate studies at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Natalie worked as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow through the Congressional Hunger Center, and taught health education in rural Tanzania.


  • Ph.D., 2013, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Friedman School, Tufts University
  • M.S., 2010, Nutrition, Friedman School, Tufts University
  • M.P.H., 2010, School of Medicine, Tufts University
  • B.A., 2003, International Studies and French, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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