Susan Vendeland, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Applied Health Science
On Faculty since 2008

Phone: (630)752-7112


Ph.D, Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University, 1983

MPH, University of Washington, 2005

B.S., Chemistry, University of Washington, 1973

About Susan Vendeland

Dr. Vendeland's primary focus within the field of Applied Health Science is public health. Her major area of interest is chronic disease prevention through health behavior change in nutrition, eating patterns and participation in physical activity and the influence of spirituality on overall wellness. Dr. Vendeland and her husband, John, have relocated to Wheaton from the Pacific Northwest where they have developed and continue to manage a commercial tea producing operation. The Vendeland's have three grown children who reside on the west coast.

Courses Taught

  • Concepts in Epidemiology
  • Public Health: Promotion of Physical Activity
  • Community Health and the Urban Environment
  • Wellness
  • Community-Based Research in Urban Public Health
  • Prevention of Obesity and Eating Disorders

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society of Nutrition
  • Society for Nutrition Education


Current Projects

  • Relationship Style Influence on Eating Attitudes and Eating Behaviors Among College Students
  • In Wheaton in Chicago, my research project is Building Relationships and Protecting Health.  It will explore the link between psychosocial factors (relationship style, perceived discrimination, and forgiveness) on health outcomes (blood sugar regulation and the health-related quality of life).  

Other research interests

  • The role of vitamin D in chronic disease prevention
  • Prevention of obesity and eating disorders

Papers Published and/or Presented

  • Drewnowski, A., Monsen, E., Birkett, D., Gunther, S., Vendeland, S., Su, J., and Marshall, G. Health screening and health promotion programs for the elderly. Disease Management & Health Outcomes. 11(5):299-309, 2003.