Farryl M.W. Bertmann, PhD, RD


Research Scientist, Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition
Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

  • 2014-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • 2013-present, Research Scientist, Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, Omaha, NE
  • 2012-2013, Online Course Designer, ASU Online, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2010-2013, Research Associate and Teaching Assistant, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2009-2010, Instructional Specialist, Applied Science and Mathematics, Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ


  • 2013, PhD (Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness) Arizona State University
  • 2013, Dietetic Internship, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and Arizona State University
  • 2012, Clinical Lactation Management, Southwest Clinical Lactation Education Program
  • 2009, MS (Applied Biology) Arizona State University
  • 2000, BS (Wildlife and Fisheries Biology) University of Vermont

Research Interests 

Dr. Bertmann has expertise conducting research in food security, food access, breastfeeding, and health promotion among low-income ethnic minority populations. Her research focus has been to identify key attributes of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) implementation, improving SNAP utilization, food system sustainability and assessing food sufficiency and hunger-coping behavior through novel technology.

Selected Publications 

  • Bertmann FMW, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Buman MP, Wharton CM. Implementation of wireless terminals at farmers markets: impact on SNAP redemption and overall sales. Am J Public Health. 2012;102(7):e53-e55.
  • Bertmann FMW, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Buman M, Wharton C. Bertmann et al. Respond [Letter]. Am J Public Health. 2012;102(11):e2.
  • Bertmann FMW, Barroso C, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Hampl JS, Sell K, Wharton, CM. Attitudes, Perceptions, and Barriers to Arizona WIC CVV: a qualitative exploration of fruit and vegetable purchases across four categories of WIC participants. JNEB WIC Supplement (In press)
  • Winter SJ, Buman MP, Sheats JL, Hekler EB, Otten JJ, Bertmann FMW, Grieco LA, Wharton CM, King AC. The Stanford Healthy Neighborhood Discovery Tool: Inter-rater reliability of a computerized tool used by community residents to gather neighborhood environment information. (In review)
  • Sawyer BJ, Bhammar DM, Angadi SS, Ryder JR, Ryan DM, Sussman EJ, Bertmann FMW, Gaesser GA. Predictors of fat mass changes in response to aerobic exercise training in women. (In review)
  • Buman M, Bertmann FMW, Hekler E, Winter SJ, Sheats JL, King AC, Wharton CM. The Ethnographic Study of Shoppers’ Experiences at an Urban Farmer’s Market. (In preparation)
  • Bertmann FMW, Barroso C, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Hampl JS, Sell K, Wharton, CM. Attitudes, Perceptions, and Barriers to Arizona WIC CVV among Spanish-Speaking Participants. (In preparation)
  • Bertmann FMW, Geske J, Schober DJ, Pinard C, Carpenter L, Yaroch AL. Significant Predictors of SNAP (Food Stamp) Participation. (In preparation)
  • Ryan D, Bertmann FMW, Wharton C. The association between frequency of farmers’ market attendance 
and healthy behaviors and facilitators. (In preparation)
  • Pinard CA, Bertmann FMW, Byker CB, Schober D, Smith TM, Woodruff M, Carpenter LC, Yaroch AL. 
What factors influence SNAP Participation? A Literature Review Through a Behavioral Science Lens. (In preparation)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society

Contact Farryl Bertmann
Farryl Bertmann, PhD, RD

8401 West Dodge Road, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68114
Email: fbertmann@centerfornutrition.org
Website: www.centerfornutrition.org