Tanya M Halliday portrait
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology
  • Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology
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Research Summary

My research focuses on how exercise of differing modalities influences appetite regulation, energy intake, non-exercise physical activity, and body weight management. My research training and current work also includes: An emphasis on development of novel interventions for weight loss maintenance; and examination of mechanisms linking lifestyle habits (diet and exercise) to glycemic-related outcomes.


  • T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus
  • PhD, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech
  • Registered Dietitian, Dietetic Internship, University of Houston
  • BS, Dietetics, University of Wyoming


Tanya Halliday, PhD, RD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health & Kinesiology at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on how exercise of differing modalities influences appetite regulation and energy intake; development of novel interventions for weight loss maintenance, and examination of lifestyle interventions and glycemic-related outcomes. Dr. Halliday completed her Bachelor's degree in Dietetics from the University of Wyoming (2010), and her Dietetic Internship at the University of Houston (2011). After receiving her RD credential, she went to Virginia Tech for her PhD in Clinical Physiology, and Metabolism. She graduated in 2016, receiving the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, before moving to Denver for postdoctoral training at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus from 2016-2018. Dr. Halliday has been at the University of Utah since 2018 where her research has been funded by the NIH and multiple internal pilot grants. In addition to her research program, Tanya serves as a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Weight Management Expert Panel. She is passionate about he career development of her lab member's and in 2022 received the College of Health's Distinguished Mentor Award.