CNP is consolidating research informing the field of Nutritional Psychology (NP). NP is the area of study examining how dietary intake patterns affect mood, behavior, and mental health. Nutritional Psychology addresses the psychological (affective), behavioral, cognitive-interoceptive, perceptual (sensory), and psychosocial changes we experience in relation to our dietary intake patterns. We know that not everyone has the time, energy, background (or interest) to search databases for studies spanning numerous fields and publications for information on the DMHR, so we are doing it for you.
CNP’s four research libraries include the Professional Research Library (consolidating research in the Diet-Mental Health Relationship examining the adult population), the Parent Research Library (consolidating research in the child/adolescent Diet-Mental Health Relationship), the Child and Adolescent Cooking Research Library (consolidating research that helps parents understand the link between cooking and their children’s mental and physical health later in life), and the Neurodevelopmental Research library (consolidating research on how diet impacts those with neurodevelopmental challenges).
Together, these libraries contain research studies that provide conceptualization in the field of Nutritional Psychology. This conceptualization in turn supports the design of educational and professional curriculum that empowers mental health professionals, nutritionists, parents, and interested individuals to make a difference in their Diet-Mental Health Relationship (DMHR).
We are working so that professionals, clinicians, educators and interested individuals have quicker access to information and research informing the field of NP. That’s why we’re summarizing every research study in the four CNP Research Libraries (we have begun with the Professional and Parent Research libraries). In each research category, you’ll see a link to both the research study itself, as well as a link to CNP’s abstract summary written by the CNP science writers to be easily understood.
It’s our way of moving the field forward and advocating for a nutritional component to mental healthcare. If you have knowledge of a research study you’d like us to consider including, please use our Resource Submittal Form below. If you’re a researcher and have published studies in areas informing NP, we welcome considering your study for inclusion in our research library.