Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia, EdD, RD
Associate Professor of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
After 20 years of clinical nutrition practice and research in pediatric HIV at the Rutgers François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia transitioned to a faculty role at the Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) in 2013. Dr. Rothpletz-Puglia’s role as a faculty member at SHP is multifaceted and includes directing a graduate program in health sciences; advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at the school – including the incorporation of trauma-informed care into everyday patient-centered practice; and building faculty and student research capacity through her role on SHP’s Methodology and Statistical Support Team.
Dr. Rothpletz-Puglia received an MS (1994) in nutrition and public health and an EdD (2004) in nutrition education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and she is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) since 1990. To advance her research skills, she completed a graduate certificate in Application of Mixed Methods Research from the University of Alabama in 2020.
An overarching theme of Dr. Rothpletz-Puglia’s work includes leveraging the benefits of collaborative approaches where stakeholders partner in problem-solving and solution development. This appreciation for building on strengths spills over into her personal interests as a mother, wife, family member, friend, farmer, and crisis response advocate.