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Kean University

I received my doctorate in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State, a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Kean University and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Ramapo College.   I completed post-doctoral research in nutrition education at Rutgers, and I have continued to collaborate with colleagues there as part of the HomeStyles project, studying barriers and supports to healthy eating among families with young children.   Prior to joining the faculty at Kean full-time, I worked for the YMCA.  As a staff nutritionist and strength training coordinator there, I developed and led nutrition and exercise programs for preschool through adult-aged participants at a variety of levels, ranging from group and individual classes for diabetics, cancer survivors and adults with Parkinson Disease to athletes and clients seeking to lose weight.  At Kean, additional research interests have included the effects of diet on sports training and chronic disease prevention and the development of education materials that promote nutrition, physical activity, and wellness across the lifespan.  


B.S., Biology, Ramapo College 

M.S., Exercise Science, Kean University

Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, Penn State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Nutrition Education 
  • Diet
  • Exercise and Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Post-exercise Recovery

Courses Taught

  • Bio 1000, 3200, 2402, 3500
  • Exsc 3510, 5108, 5105, 5113, 5114

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching is not simply providing students with knowledge but empowering them with the ability to apply knowledge within the classroom and in their daily lives.  To that end, a good teacher effectively presents information, interacts with students so that they learn through concrete examples and inspires them to apply what they have learned beyond the classroom setting. This is the highest goal of a teacher and perhaps the most rewarding aspect, to see students use the lessons they have learned to make a difference in the world long after the class and semester have ended.      

The best part about teaching at Kean University

As a Kean Alumna, I am proud to teach at my Alma mater.  I enjoy working with our diverse student body teaching subjects that inspire me and hopefully sharing that passion with others.

My students should know

When I am not teaching or doing research, I enjoy playing tennis, piano, guitar, cooking, crafting with fiber and paper, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.

Selected Publications