Patrice A. Hubert

Postdoctoral Fellow


Postdoctoral Fellow, Monell Chemical Senses Center


Ph.D., Health Promotion Sciences, University of Connecticut

Laboratory Of

Dr. Danielle Reed

Research Summary

As a dietitian and researcher, my journey has been deeply intertwined with understanding the intricate relationship between taste and food choices. It’s widely acknowledged that our preferences are pivotal in shaping our dietary habits. As such, my doctoral research centered on translating sensory nutrition into tailored messages to promote positive health behaviors.

Building upon this foundation, my current focus during my postdoctoral studies is delving into health disparities in sensory science. One of my primary research interests is enhancing the recruitment of racial and ethnic minorities into sensory studies, thereby striving to ensure a more representative sample that encapsulates the diversity of our population.

Furthermore, I am interested in investigating taste perception as a potential risk factor for chronic diseases prevalent among the African diaspora. By unraveling the intricacies of taste perception within this demographic, I aim to unearth insights that can inform targeted interventions and strategies for mitigating health disparities.

In my pursuit of promoting health equity, I am committed to producing research that not only acknowledges but also celebrates genetic diversity and trait variances that influence our dietary behaviors. Through this holistic approach, I aspire to contribute to the collective effort of fostering a more inclusive and equitable landscape within the realm of nutrition and health.


sensory Nutrition, diet quality, health behavior change, olfaction, obesity, health disparity

Representative Publications

Hubert, P., Mahoney, M., Huedo-Medina, T., Leahey, T., Duffy, V. Can Assessing Physical Activity Liking Identify Opportunities to Promote Physical Activity Engagement and Healthy Dietary Behaviors? Nutrients. 2021; 13, 3366.

Hubert P., Papasavas P, Stone A, Swede H, Huedo-Medina TB, Tishler D, Duffy VB. Associations between Weight Loss, Food Likes, Dietary Behaviors, and Chemosensory Function in Bariatric Surgery: A Case-Control Analysis in Women. Nutrients. 2019;11(4):804. doi: 10.3390/nu11040804.

Zoghbi M, Stone A, Papasavas P, Swede H, Hubert P, Tishler D, Duffy VB. Evaluating taste preferences and dietary quality with a simple liking survey: Application in bariatric treatment settings. Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care. 2019 14(1):41-48.