Ashlee Linares-Gaffer, MS, RDN, FAND

Associate Professor of Practice | School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness


  • M.S., Nutrition and Dietetics, The State University of New York College at Oneonta
  • B.S., Nutrition Sciences-Dietetics, The University of Arizona


Ashlee Linares-Gaffer is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and an Assistant Professor of Practice. She teaches two courses, Nutrition and the Lifecycle (NSC 301) and Survey of Careers in Nutrition (NSC 396A), a one unit required seminar in which students engage in career exploration activities and develop professional networking tools. Ashlee also routinely works one on one with undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing professions in healthcare, education, foods, and industry (food, pharmaceutical, agriculture) to provide career advice and mentoring. In 2019, she was accepted into the 2nd cohort (2019-2020) of the Hispanic Serving Institution Fellows, a program which is aimed at developing “the scope and depth of work around our HSI designation and provide a venue for community-building and career development for faculty and staff through a project-based leadership experience, mentoring and coaching, and a series of targeted workshops.” To learn more about Ashlee’s experience in the HSI Fellows experience, please see this presentation from the 2020 HACU Conference. 

From 2014-2019 Ashlee coordinated the Department’s ISPP dietetic internship pathway and provided direct training and supervision of dietetic interns each year. She also oversaw academic advising services and the Student Nutrition Advising Center (SNAC) from 2015-2019. SNAC is an academic advising center which serves undergraduates majoring in nutrition at UA and leads departmental recruitment initiatives, provides academic support services, and facilitates peer networking.

Ashlee is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is the recent past president for the Southern Arizona District for the Arizona Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2019-2020 membership year. She is also the Diversity Liaison to the Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Cultures of Gender and Age Member Interest Group, a role which focuses on recruitment of underrepresented minorities into the profession of dietetics.

In 2020, Ashlee was recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This designation recognizes commitment to the field of nutrition and dietetics, and celebrates professional accomplishments and pursuit of life-long learning.