Empowering innovative education in mental healthcare


There is a crucial need to deliver better education to the public and clinicians about the connection between what we eat and how we experience all aspects of psychological health and well-being. We believe that providing university-level continuing education in Nutritional Psychology is crucial to building a nutritional component into mental healthcare by 2030. From 2008 to 2020, CNP provided a Certificate in Nutritional Psychology through John F. Kennedy University that trained a variety of mental healthcare and allied professionals to better understand the connection between what we eat and how we feel. 

Today, we are working towards the release of a next-generation certification in Nutritional Psychology — one that is inclusive of the wealth of current research supporting all areas of study included within the study of NP.  NP 110: Introduction to Nutritional Psychology Methods, the flagship course in this newly updated curriculum, is informed through the lens of nearly 3,000 research studies informing the evidence-base to support the development of this field of study.

NP 110 lays the foundation for the field of study that conceptualizes all psychological aspects of the Diet-Mental health Relationship (DMHR). This course is designed to meet the rigors of study needed for inclusion within the traditional education system.  NP 110 provides 8 continuing education (CE) credits for professionals and supports those whose licensing bodies accept courses approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). We are currently working towards sponsoring CE for registered dietitians and nurses. The next courses included in the certificate in NP are currently under development, with the next course being launched sometime in the Fall of 2021.

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

Learn more about NP 110 here.


Findings exploring the link between diet and certain aspects of mental health exist. The purview of Nutritional Psychology lies deep within the intersection of the fields of psychology and nutrition to explore the underpinnings through which this link exists. Informed by research, this field is designed to serve as a major stepping stone in supporting the development of a university-level curriculum for students and professionals designed to deepen their understanding of this connection and use this understanding to inform major change in global mental health.

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 theory-oriented. This course series provides a solid foundation in nutritional psychology and establishes the theoretical underpinnings by which the diet-mental health relationship occurs. Beginning with NP 110, these courses will form the basis of the new certification program.


Courses in the 200-level series are applied. The goal of the NP 200 series is to help mental health and allied professionals build the skills necessary to educate your clients in the DMHR. These courses focus on the application of NP/DMHR within the clinical and applied environments and scope of practice guidelines are emphasized.

Upcoming Courses

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


Explores the relationship between dietary intake and family, culture, community, society


Explores the relationship between dietary intake patterns and our feelings, moods, and emotions (e.g., resilience, flourishing, creativity, happiness, depression, anxiousness, irritation, sadness, well-being)


Explores the relationship between dietary intake and reactions, actions and behaviors in which we engage in relating to dietary intake


Explores the relationship between dietary intake and senses involving sight, smell, sound, taste, touch, and how we make meaning of this information.


Explores the relationship between dietary intake and brain processes involving cognition, attention, memory, learning, reasoning, executive functioning, and decision making etc.


Explores the relationship between dietary intake and our internal bodily sensations we experience because of it (i.e., the bi-directional signal processing between brain and internal organs that generates a representation of our internal state from the food we eat)



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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