Leighann Scott is WVU's campus dietitian. She is available to meet with students in-person or virtually to assess their dietary needs and help them accomplish their goals.
Leighann Scott, who originally hails from Morgantown, received her bachelor’s degree in human nutrition and hospitality management from the University of Alabama in 2014, and master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Illinois State University in 2023, where she completed her dietetic internship. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English from WVU.
In Scott’s previous dietitian roles, she has supported meal planning and preparation and assisted with appropriate nutritional support for infants in the NICU as a dietetic technician for WVU Medicine. She was also a nutritionist for elementary school children with Adagio Health.
She now brings her expertise to the WVU community, making herself available to all students who are looking for free help or advice on anything from allergy restrictions; gastrointestinal issues; specific diets for medical conditions; education on food shopping, preparation, and cooking; or overall guidance for anyone seeking nutrition advice.
"My heart and soul is nourished by connecting a problem with a solution, and in my world, that's nutrition,” Scott said. “I've worked with neonates, children, young adults, older adults, and the severely ill, and have built a foundation of knowledge of community and perspective. Knowing how difficult it can be to navigate the world as a new freshman or graduating senior allows me to connect with and grow with our students in this role as dietitian."
Scott noted that nutrition is extremely nuanced and individualized, especially amongst the University population. “On one hand, we battle social media trends and the newest diets every day that prey upon young people; it is my job to set the record straight and help guide them toward truth. On the other hand, the need for attention to the increase of allergies, dietary restrictions, and dietary preferences is high; students need an advocate to help support them as they navigate life on their own. That's where I come in.”
Scott encourages students to submit a request to set up an appointment with her to discuss their personal nutritional needs or goals.