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Marissa Burgermaster, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Behavioral Nutrition
Columbia University


Marissa Burgermaster, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of population health at Dell Medical School and an assistant professor of nutritional sciences at The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences.

Her research applies data science and human-computer interaction methods to improve nutrition and community health. Prior to joining UT Austin, Burgermaster completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biomedical informatics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center where she conducted research on technologies for diabetes management among underserved New Yorkers.

She was granted an early career award from the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences for her work developing methods for psychosocial phenotyping. She was also the behavioral nutrition lead for the CUIMC-based team that developed “Taming Type 2 Diabetes Together,” a voice application for personalized nutrition and diabetes self-management that was a finalist in the 2017 Alexa Diabetes Challenge and the 2017 World Cup of Voice Tech in Diabetes.

Burgermaster holds a doctorate in behavioral nutrition from Columbia University, where her research at Teachers College’s Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy focused on improving the evaluation of school-based childhood obesity prevention interventions. Burgermaster holds Master of Science in nutrition and food science from Montclair State University and an MAEd in curriculum and instruction from William and Mary. She previously had a career as a teacher and school administrator.

Professional Affiliations
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
    Program Committee 2019
  • Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
    Digital Technology Division Chair 2018-19, Higher Education Division Chair 2017-18
  • Computing Community Collaborative
    Sociotechnical Interventions for Health Disparity Reduction Working Group 2018
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group for Computer-Human Interaction (CHI)