Christopher Wharton

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, Nutrition Program, Health Lifestyles Research Center, College of Heath Solutions

College of Health Solutions
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus
500 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85044


Dr. Wharton's research interests include a focus on local food systems and food security, specifically in relation to healthy food access via local food distribution and market outlets. He also studies lifestyle factors related to eating patterns and obesity, and consumer skepticism towards weight-loss information in the media. He teaches a course on computer applications in nutrition, has started a community-supported agriculture program on campus, and holds positions in the SCAN and HEN dietetic practice groups of American Dietetic Association.


agriculture; food systems; local foods programs; obesity; public health; food policy; entrepreneurship; food security; nutrition


PhD, Curriculum and Instruction in Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University, 2006

MS, Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois - Urbana, 2003

BS, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois - Urbana, 2000

Journal Articles


Bertmann, F. M., P. Ohri-Vachaspati and C. Wharton. 2012. Implementation of wireless terminals at farmers' markets: Impact on SNAP redemption and overall sales. American Journal of Public Health 102(7):e53-e55. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300727 . (link)