Carolyn Gunther

Carolyn Gunther
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Associate Professor
Director, Community Outreach and Engagement
200C Heminger Hall
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1577 Neil Avenue
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Carolyn Gunther, PhD, RDN is a tenured associate professor in the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children, and Youth in the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also serves as director of the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement in the College of Nursing. In addition, she’s a clinical associate professor of pediatrics in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Gunther joined the Ohio State faculty in 2012, and completed her doctoral training in nutritional sciences at Purdue University. 

Gunther is a classically trained nutrition scientist with a background that spans the scholarly breadth of the nutrition discipline – basic, clinical and applied.  The common thread across the three domains is the focus on nutritionally vulnerable populations, particularly racial minority caregivers and children residing in low-income urban neighborhoods. The specific focus of her research is discovery of new knowledge surrounding one of today’s most pressing public health nutrition issues – overweight and obesity among underserved children and youth. Through intervention and observational research that is both independent and collaborative in nature, her team is investigating the behavioral and environmental factors that influence a child’s risk for obesity. Findings generated from her work have direct implications in federal and state policy and programmatic reform. Gunther has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles in this area of inquiry, and her research is supported by competitive grants from the public and private sector. She has received a number of prestigious awards honoring her professional accomplishments including the 2019 Faculty Fellowship by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. She also serves on the editorial board of peer-reviewed journals, including Childhood Obesity and Nutrition Reviews.


April 15, 2024

Initiative recognized as Program of Excellence by University Outreach and Engagement

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program, an initiative within The Ohio State University College of Nursing that has grown into one of the largest programs of its kind in Ohio, received the designation of 2024 Program of Excellence in Engaged Scholarship this month from the university’s Office of Outreach and Engagement.