Annie Lin, PhD

Assistant Professor
Nutrition Informatics



Dr. Annie W. Lin joined Hormel Institute as an Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition, Food Science. She completed a joint MS/RD program at Rush University and a PhD in Human Nutrition at Cornell University (minoring in nutritional epidemiology, physiology). Annie was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NCI-funded T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control at Northwestern University. She currently holds a dual appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University.

Her research program focuses on using technology-assisted strategies to promote health-promoting diet behaviors in the context of cancer prevention and treatment. Annie is currently leading several collaborations that investigate how to effectively facilitate conversations about health promotion between patients and clinicians using technology. With the support of research assistants and collaborators, she hopes to support efforts for successful translation of nutrition research into clinical practice.

Click here to read Dr. Lin’s peer-reviewed publications.

Education and Employment

2023 – present              Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota – Hormel Institute, Austin MN

2020 – 2023                  Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, Benedictine University, Lisle IL

2018 – 2020                  Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago IL

2012 – 2017                  Ph.D. in Human Nutrition, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

2010 – 2012                  M.S. in Clinical Nutrition, Rush University, Chicago IL

2006 – 2010                  B.S. in Nutrition, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign IL

Research Keywords

Diet Assessment

Mobile Health Apps


Cancer Prevention and Survivorship

Behavior Change


Select Full Text Publications


  1. Lin AW, Morgan N, Ward D, Tangney C, Alshurafa N, Van Horn L, Spring B. Comparative Validity of Mostly Unprocessed and Minimally Processed Food Items Differs Among Popular Commercial Nutrition Apps Compared with a Research Food Database. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2022 Apr;122(4):825-832.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2021.10.015. PubMed PMID: 34662722.
  2. Lin AW, Granata FA, Trippel AK, Tello L, Stump TK, Wong M, Carnethon MR, Kershaw KN, Makelarski J, Weller D. Food Handling Concerns and Practices at Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Food Security Status. J Food Prot. 2022 Mar 1;85(3):518-526. doi: 10.4315/JFP-21-216. PubMed PMID: 34882217; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9906129.
  3. Alshurafa N, Zhang S, Romano C, Zhang H, Pfammatter AF, Lin AW. Association of number of bites and eating speed with energy intake: Wearable technology results under free-living conditions. Appetite. 2021 Dec 1;167:105653. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2021.105653. PubMed PMID: 34418505; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8868007.
  4. Lin AW, Marchese SH, Finch LE, Stump T, Gavin KL, Spring B. Obesity Status on associations between cancer-related beliefs and health behaviors in cancer survivors: Implications for patient-clinician communication. Patient Educ Couns. 2021 Aug;104(8):2067-2072. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2021.01.033.
  5. Lin AW, Baik SH, Aaby D, Tello L, Linville T, Alshurafa N, Spring B. eHealth Practices in Cancer Survivors With BMI in Overweight or Obese Categories: Latent Class Analysis Study. JMIR Cancer. 2020 Dec 3;6(2):e24137.
  6. Alshurafa N, Lin AW, Zhu F, Ghaffari R, Hester J, Delp E, Rogers J, Spring B. Counting Bites With Bits: Expert Workshop Addressing Calorie and Macronutrient Intake Monitoring. J Med Internet Res. 2019 Dec 4;21(12):e14904.

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