Empowering innovative education in mental healthcare

A Nutritional Component to Mental Healthcare by 2030

There is a crucial need to deliver better education to the public and clinicians about the role of diets and nutrients in sustaining mental health (Huang, 2019). Here at CNP, we believe that providing education in Nutritional Psychology is crucial to building a nutritional component to mental healthcare. From 2008 to 2020, CNP hosted an online NP Certification through John F. Kennedy University. 

Today, we are working towards the release of a next-generation certification in Nutritional Psychology — one that reflects the wealth of current research in the field and provides a valuable learning experience.

The first course in this new curriculum, NP 110: Introduction to Nutritional Psychology Methods, is now available! NP 110 is worth 8 continuing education (CE) credits for professionals whose licensing bodies accept courses approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). We are working towards additional accreditations. Three upcoming courses are also under development now, with the first expected to launch in the fall of 2021.

Each course is designed for students, professionals, and all other individuals interested in the science behind nutrition and psychological functioning. Through education, awareness, and advocacy, we can change our mental healthcare systems for the better.

Learn more about NP 110 here.

Laying the Foundation for a New Field of Study

Findings exploring the Diet-Mental Health Relationship abound…But there has been no conceptual framework within which to support these findings. Nutritional Psychology exists to house this research and to build the conceptual area of study needed to develop our understand of the Diet-Mental Health Relationship and make positive change in people’s lives.

CNP curriculum serves learners from countries around the world, including Belgium, Canada, Italy, India, Turkey, Nepal, Bermuda, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and others. Learners range from interested individuals to post-doctoral professionals across different fields.

Curriculum development for CNP courses involves consolidating multinational research from across disciplines and presenting it in a way that can be understood by people from varied educational backgrounds, expertise areas, and cultures. CNP  strives to promote respect, inclusion, and promotion of diversity in developing course content and related materials.


The 100-level series is academically oriented. Each course in this series will help you establish a solid theoretical foundation of the field of Nutritional Psychology. Beginning with NP 110, these courses will form the basis of the new certification program.


Courses in the 200-level series will have an applied focus. Their goal is to help mental health and allied professionals build the skills necessary to educate clients in addressing the DMHR. These courses will also focus more strongly on scope of practice.

The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction

The science or study that deals with food and nourishment

The science of mind and behavior

Diet Mental Health Relationship

Connecting what we eat with how we feel


Examining the role that family, culture, community, society, and socioeconomic status play in determining our dietary intake patterns


Examining the relationship between our dietary intake patterns and our feelings, moods, and emotions


The relationship between our dietary intake patterns and resulting thoughts, emotions, and interoceptive experiences that influence our behaviors, reactions, and choices (e.g., increased reactive behavior or changed dietary behavior patterns)


Developing awareness of the physical and mental sensations we experience (Interoception) in response to our dietary intake patterns (discomfort, pain, irritation, relaxation etc.)


Using mental processes (cognition, attention, memory and learning) to gain insight into how the food we eat is affecting our mental health




Take steps to develop your understanding of the relationship between diet and mental health. Together, we can build a new model of mental healthcare to include this important piece of the puzzle.


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