Jillian Trabulsi

Jillian Trabulsi, PhD, RD

Associate Professor

Office Location:
318 Tower at STAR

Jillian Trabulsi, PhD, RD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Nutrition Sciences and a Principal Investigator of the Energy Balance and Nutrition Laboratory at the University of Delaware. Her research focuses on diet composition, growth, and energy balance in infants and children who are healthy and in those with chronic disease. Dr. Trabulsi started her career as a clinical dietitian at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at The University of Wisconsin – Madison, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition and Growth at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health as well as private foundations and her work is published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Trabulsi is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group of AND, and the American Society of Nutrition (ASN).



  • Pediatric Nutrition (NTDT345)
  • Nutrition Assessment (NTDT421
  • Advanced Macronutrient Metabolism (NTDT611)
  • Research Methods in Nutrition Assessment (NTDT822)
  • Nutrition Seminar (NTDT665)

Mennella JA, Papas MA, Reiter AR, Stallings VA, Trabulsi J. Early rapid weight gain among formula-fed infants: Impact of formula type and maternal feeding styles. Pediatr Obes. 2019 June 14:e12503. PMID: 30629845.

Mennella JA, Inamdar, L, Pressman N, Schall JI, Papas MA, Schoeller, D, Stallings VA,
Trabulsi J.
 Type of infant formula increases early weight gain and impacts energy balance: A RCT. Am J Clin Nutr. 2018 Nov 1;108(5):1015-1025. PMID: 30295700.


Ehrenthal DB, Wu P, Trabulsi J. Differences in the protective effect of exclusive breastfeeding on child overweight and obesity by mother’s race. Matern Child Health J. 2016; 20(9):1971-9. PMID: 27178429.


Trabulsi J, Irving SY, Papas MA, Hollowell C, Ravishankar C, Marino BS, Medoff-Cooper B, Schall JI, Stallings VA. Total energy expenditure of infants with congenital heart disease who have undergone surgical intervention. Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Dec;36(8):1670-9. PMID: 26092599.


Mennella JA, Trabulsi J, Papas MA. Effects of cow milk versus extensive protein hydrolysate formulas on infant cognitive development. Amino Acids. 2015 Oct 26. PMID: 26497857.


Trabulsi J, Mennella JA. Diet, sensitive periods in flavor learning, and growth. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2012 Jun;24(3):219-30. PMID: 22724643.


Mennella JA and Trabulsi JC. Complementary foods and flavor experiences: setting the foundation. Ann Nutr Metab. 2012;60 Suppl 2:40-50. PMID: 22555188.


Trabulsi J, Capeding R, Lebumfacil J, Ramanujam K, Feng P, McSweeney S, Harris B, DeRusso P. Effect of an α-lactalbumin-enriched infant formula with lower protein on growth.
Eur J Clin Nutr. 2011 Feb;65(2):167-74. PMID: 21063429.