Nancy Cohen, professor and head of the department of nutrition, has been named a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The designation recognizes academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, being a fellow signifies not only “tenure” in the dietetics profession, but also living the academy’s values of customer focus, integrity, innovation and social responsibility. With 75,000 members, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
“I am so pleased to join the ranks of this group of distinguished dietetics professionals,” said Cohen. “This is a new designation with only a few hundred fellows, and I am honored to be among those who are recognized.”
Cohen has been a faculty member since 1985, serving as head of the department since 1998 and acting as interim dean for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences from 2007-08. Her areas of expertise include community nutrition, nutrition and food safety education, and distance learning using technology. She is the author of approximately 100 peer-reviewed journal publications, book chapters, and extension and online nutrition program publications, and currently serves as principal investigator on a U.S Department of Agriculture grant-funded research project examining food safety in local farm to preschool programs.
Cohen is currently chair-elect of the Association of Nutrition Departments and Programs, and serves on the Massachusetts Statewide Food Policy Council Advisory Committee. A past member of the board of directors of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, Massachusetts Dietetic Association, and Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Cohen is also a founding member of the statewide Massachusetts Partnership for Food Safety Education. Cohen is a past recipient of the Massachusetts Dietetic Association Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award, UMass President’s Award for Public Service, and the Distinguished Academic Outreach Award.