Sonya Irish Hauser

Assistant Professor
Nutrition Science, MS Program Director

Contact Info
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 518-244-2047
Office: 328 Ackerman Hall

Degree Information

Ph.D – Food Policy and Applied Nutrition – Tufts University
MS – Nutrition Communication – Tufts University
BS – Nutrition Science – Russell Sage College
BA – Psychology – Houghton College

Courses Taught

SCI 120 Nutrition Science
NTR 562 Weight Management
NTR 561 Nutrition Programs and Interventions
NTR 555 Nutrition Communication
NTR 201 Nutrition Science
HMN 201 Food, Culture and Nutrition


Dr. Irish Hauser's academic work includes research in the areas of childhood obesity, family and community approaches to obesity prevention, and use of multimedia and web-based technology in health promotion. Other interests include environmental approaches to health behavior change and health and social marketing. Most recently, she has focused on development, implementation and various modes of dissemination for nutrition and physical activity curricula aimed at elementary school children. She has authored numerous scientific papers and speaks regularly at academic meetings and conferences. As well, she writes and contributes to articles for popular press and consults for various public health organizations, community groups, food companies, and commodity boards on a regular and on-going basis.

Recent Publications

Professional Publications

Economos CD; Irish Hauser SH. “Community Interventions: A brief overview and their application to the obesity epidemic.” Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 2007, 35:131-137.

Seguin RA, Hyatt RR, Kennedy MA, Irish SH, Nelson ME.  The Strongwomen Program: Evaluation Of A Community-Based Exercise Program And Its Leaders. Med Sci Sports & Exer. 2005. 37(5) Suppl: S246.

Irish Hauser SH, Goldberg JP, Wilde P, Bers M, Ioannone L, Economos CD. Comparison of online and face-to-face dissemination of a theory-based after school nutrition and physical activity training and curriculum.  J Health Comm. (paper in press)

Economos CD, Irish Hauser SH, Nelson ME, Goldberg JP, Hyatt R, Naumova E,  Anderson SE, Must A. Household and family characteristics in relation to weight status in 1st-3rd graders: A cross-sectional study in Eastern Massachusetts. J Am Diet Assoc. (paper provisionally accepted for publication)

Irish Hauser SH, Bers M, Goldberg JP, Wilde P, Ioannone L, Economos CD. The role of peer interaction and social presence in an online nutrition and physical activity training program. (paper in preparation).

Irish Hauser SH, Wilde P, Goldberg JP, Bers M, Ioannone L, Economos CD. Cost-effectiveness of web-based and face-to-face delivery methods for the dissemination of a nutrition and physical activity curriculum and training. (paper in preparation).

Irish Hauser SH, Folta S, Economos CD. Household Fruit and Vegetable Availability and Consumption in Early Elementary School Children. (paper in preparation).

Professional Abstracts

Irish Hauser, SH, Goldberg, JP, Wilde, P; Bers, M; Ioanonne, L; and Economos, CE. “Using Technology and Online Collaboration to Enhance Training of After School Program Leaders in Nutrition and Physical Activity.”

DeAngelis, MA; Irish-Hauser, SH; Shiery, L; Lapsley, K. Substituting almonds for saturated fatty acid sources and other foods in the typical American diet can achieve the dietary guidelines for Americans' Nutrient Recommendations. (Presented at Experimental Biology April, 2008 Meeting)

Irish-Hauser, SH; Economos, CD; Nelson, M; Goldberg, J; Hyatt, R. Naumova, E; Anderson, S, and Must, A.  Household and Family Characteristics in Relation to Weight Status in 1st-3rd Graders: Baseline Data from the Shape Up Somerville Intervention. (Presented at The Obesity Society (TOS/NAASO) October, 2008 Meeting)


Economos CD, Collins J, Irish-Hauser, S, Kozower C, Lori Ioannone. The HEAT Club: Healthy Eating & Active Time, an after school nutrition and physical activity curriculum for children ages 5-10 years. Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart. Play Hard. Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Boston, MA. 

Irish-Hauser, S. The Better Lunch Initiative Toolkit.  Massachusetts Department of Education Child Nutrition Outreach Program, 2008.


Professional Presentations

Using Technology and Online Collaboration to Enhance Training of After School Program Leaders in Nutrition and Physical Activity.  International Conference on Urban Health. October 2007; Baltimore, MD, Oral Presentation.

Catalyzing Communities to Reduce Obesity. Academy Health Annual Research Meeting. June 2009; Chicago, IL, Oral Presentation, Session Chair.


Institutional Review Board, Committee Member


Cooking $marts Community Program: A Childhood Obesity Intervention in Low-Income, Urban Families. – Partnership with The Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program, The Italian Community Center of Troy, and Cornell Cooperative Extension.  – Program Coordinator, Principle Investigator.