CNP was created to foster the development of the field of Nutritional Psychology, and to serve as an online resource for anyone seeking to understand the role that diet plays in affecting mood and mental health. In addition to defining the field, CNP’s mission is to provide mental health professionals, psychologists, counselors, dietitians, health coaches, physicians, researchers, educators, and interested individuals with access to research, information, and tools in the emerging field of Nutritional Psychology.
CNP’s mission is four-fold: 1) advocating for the adoption of Nutritional Psychology within the standard mental healthcare model, 2) developing educational curriculum for students and professionals, 3) providing access to research that informs the field, and 4) serving as a platform for the development, collaboration, and advancement of the field of Nutritional Psychology.
CNP believes that all psychologists and mental health professionals should have formal training in the science of how food affects mood, behavior, and mental health, and that Nutritional Psychology be considered a core concept for psychologists and mental health professionals going forward.
The Center was founded in 2013 by M. Ephimia (‘Ephi’) Morphew-Lu, M.S./Dip.C.N., and Dr. Amanda Hull, Ph.D. Ephi is a human factors psychologist, researcher, and nutrition educator, and the founder and developer of the field of Nutritional Psychology. Amanda is a former psychologist for the VA working to move integrative healthcare into the traditional healthcare system, and is now the Senior Director of the Whole Health Delivery System at The Whole Health Institute.
Ephi began developing NP curriculum in 2005, and taught the first university level course in Nutritional Psychology through JFK University in 2008. Introduction to Nutritional Psychology was taught primarily to mental health professionals at JFKU’s campuses in Northern California.
As the first course grew in popularity, a second was developed, and eventually, Ephi and Amanda developed a 7-course, APA-approved, Certificate in Nutritional Psychology for the Continuing Education department at JFKU. This program ran successfully from 2012 until it was voluntarily retired in February of 2020 to make way for updated and expanded curriculum coming available sometime in 2021 (see CNP Education page). Check back with us soon to see our progress!