Rachel Vollmer

Rachel Vollmer

Assistant Dean for Student Success, College of Education and Health Sciences, Associate Professor

    Westlake Hall 204
    (309) 677-3179


Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences - University of Connecticut
M.S., Family and Consumer Sciences - Eastern Illinois University
B.S., Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics - Bradley University


Dr. Vollmer is a Registered Dietitian (RD). She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She earned her Doctorate from the University of Connecticut where she worked as Research Graduate Assistant and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for community nutrition. Prior to working at Bradley University, Dr. Vollmer taught Lifecycle Nutrition, Food Science, Advanced Metabolism and Medical Nutrition Therapy classes at Illinois State University.   


Dr. Vollmer teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes for dietetics students, including Food & Nutrition, Advanced Metabolism, Research Methods, Community Nutrition Intervention, and Foundations of FCS.


Dr. Vollmer's main research expertise is food parenting and preschool age children, with an emphasis on the role fathers play. Dr. Vollmer has experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating nutrition interventions for children, parents, and families. Dr. Vollmer also engages in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
List of selected publications:

*Chan, T., Drake, T., Vollmer R. L. A Qualitative Research Study Comparing Nutrition Advice from Registered Dietitians and Non-Registered Dietitian Bloggers. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 13, 55-63.

Vollmer, R. L. & Drake, T. (2020). Exploration of Dietetic Graduate Students’ Experience in a Flipped Course Using Learning Reflections. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52, 407-414.

Vollmer, R. L., Adamsons, K., Mobley, A. R. (2019). Recruitment, Engagement, and Retention of Fathers in Nutrition Education and Obesity Research. Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2019.07.006

Greenhill, E. & Vollmer R. L. (2019). Perceptions of a Father’s Role during a Couple’s First Pregnancy. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 48, 52-64.

Gramm, M., Vollmer, R. L., Harpel, T., Schumacher, J., McDaniel, B. (2019). Technology at Mealtimes: Relationships between Parental Technology Use, Food Parenting, and Child Eating Behavior: An Explorative Study. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, https://doi.org/10.1007/s41347-019-00109-7.

Vollmer, R. L. (2019). Parental Feeding Style Changes the Relationships Between Children’s Food Preferences and Food Parenting Practices: The Case for Comprehensive Food Parenting Interventions by Pediatric Healthcare Professionals. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 24, e12230.

Vollmer, R. L. (2018) An exploration of how fathers attempt to prevent childhood obesity in their families. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 50, 283-288.

Vollmer, R. L. & Mobley, A. R. (2017). Comparing Low-income Mothers’ and Fathers’ Concern for Young Children’s Weight. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 37, 97-100.

Vollmer, R. L., Adamsons, K., Foster, J. S., Mobley, A. R. (2017) How Are Fathers’ Demographic Characteristics Related to Preschool Age Children’s Weight and Obesity Risk Factors? Ecology of Food and Nutrition, DOI:10.1080/03670244.2017.1343726

Vollmer, R. L. & Baietto, J. (2017). Practices and Preferences: Exploring the Relationships Between Child Food Preferences for High Fat and/or Sugar Foods, Fruits, and Vegetables and Food-related Parenting Practices. Appetite, 113, 134-140.

Vollmer, R. L, Adamsons, K., Foster, J. S., Mobley A. R. (2015). Investigating relationships between paternal perception of the role of the father and paternal feeding practices. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 24, 3734-3741.

Vollmer, R. L, Adamsons, K., Foster, J. S., Mobley, A. R. (2015). Association of fathers’ feeding practices and feeding style on preschool age children’s diet quality, eating behavior and body mass index. Appetite, 89, 274-281.

Vollmer, R. L., Adamsons, K., Gorin, A., Foster, J. S., Mobley A. R. (2015). Investigating the relationship of body mass index, diet quality, and physical activity level between fathers and their preschool-aged children. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 115, 919-926.

Vollmer, R. L. & Mobley, A. R. (2013). Parenting styles, feeding styles, and their influence on childhood obesogenic behaviors and body weight. A review. Appetite, 71, 232-241.


Dr. Vollmer serves on several committees for the department, college, and university. Examples include the College and Department Curriculum and Regulations Committees, C.C. Wheeler Funding Committee, Sub-Committee on Curriculum & Regulations, University Senate, and the Faculty Grievance Committee. She also is involved in leadership positions in the Society for Nutrition Education, reviews abstracts for professional conferences, and reviews manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.

Licensures and Certifications

Ph.D., RD