Nancy L. Cohen

UMass Amherst Professor of Nutrition Nancy Cohen
Professor Emerita
208A Chenoweth


B.S., Cornell University; Ph.D., University of California, Davis; Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Community Nutrition, Nutrition Education, Nutrition and Aging, Food Safety Education, Online Education

Research Description: 

My research focuses on community nutrition, nutrition and food safety education, and distance learning using technology.  I am interested in developing and evaluating innovative educational programs to meet learner needs, including online programs, materials and interventions with older adults, African Americans, food pantry recipients, and other community groups.

Key Publications: 

Cohen, N.L., Carbone, E., Beffa-Negrini, P. The design, implementation and evaluation of online credit nutrition courses: A systematic review. J. Nutrition Education and Behavior; 43(2):76-86, 2011.

Ralston, PA., Cohen, N.L., Wickrama, K.A.S., and Kwag, K. Social support and dietary quality in older African American public housing residents. Research on Aging Volume 33(6): 688-712, 2011. DOI: 10.1177/0164027511410548
Beffa-Negrini, P., Cohen, N.L., Laus, M.J., and McLandsborough, L.A. Development and evaluation of an online, inquiry-based food safety education program for secondary teachers and their students. J. Food Science Education, volume 6:66-71, 2007.

Miller, G.D., Cohen, N.L., Fulgoni, V.L., Heymsfield, S.B., and Wellmann, N.S. From nutrition scientist to nutrition communicator: Why you should take the leap. American J. of Clinical Nutrition 83:1272-5, 2006.

Cohen, N., Hollingsworth, C., Laus, M.J., Brennan Olson, R., Coli, W. Farm food safety practices: A survey of New England Growers. Food Protection Trends 25:5:33-40, 2005.