Dr. Zoellner’s main areas of research interest include health and nutrition literacy, community-based participatory research, and nutrition and physical activity interventions targeting at-risk populations.
The goal of Zoellner's work is to build research capacity among at-risk communities to promote the sustainability of effective nutrition and physical activity interventions. She is involved in “Talking Health,” a randomized controlled health literacy trial targeting community residents from rural southwest Virginia. The primary aim is to determine the effectiveness of a 6-month intervention aimed at decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. In addition, she works with the Dan River Partnership for a Healthy Community, which builds community partnerships to combat obesity in the Dan River Region through healthy lifestyle initiatives.