Cohen named fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

July 15, 2014

Professor Nancy Cohen, Head of the Department of Nutrition, has been named as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This 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,” says Cohen. “This is a new designation with only a few hundred fellows, and I am honored to be among those who are recognized.”

Professor Cohen has worked as a faculty member at UMass Amherst 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 2007-2008. 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 USDA grant-funded research project examining food safety in local Farm to Preschool programs. Professor 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, Professor Cohen is also a founding member of the statewide Massachusetts Partnership for Food Safety Education. Professor 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.