Ronit Ridberg, Ph.D., M.S.
Specialty: The intersection of nutrition, food policy and health care
Ronit Ridberg is a Quality, Safety and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training in Primary Care Postdoctoral Fellow at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research. She is mentored by Associate Dean for Research Janice Bell.
Her research will expand on recently completed doctoral work at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing: Ridberg’s dissertation evaluated a clinic-based pediatric fruit and vegetable prescription program, which offered families at select, federally qualified health centers across the country prescriptions for fruits and vegetables redeemable at farmers markets. Her findings included increases in household food security and children’s fruit and vegetable consumption for participants.
Prior to joining the School of Nursing’s doctoral program in 2014, Ridberg was a food systems policy consultant focused on regional food distribution infrastructure and institutional healthy food procurement in California schools, prisons, hospitals and state agencies. An East Coast native, she spent more than a decade in Massachusetts producing educational documentaries about broad public health topics and working in small-scale agriculture. She earned a Master of Science degree in the Agriculture, Food and Environment program at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.
Ridberg has been published in Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, and Environmental Communication.