CNP has been developing the field of Nutritional Psychology (NP) since 2008. We are consolidating research that informs the field, advocating for the use of NP in the future of both education and mental healthcare, and developing tools for mental health professionals and nutritionists to better support individuals in making positive contributions to their mental health through diet and nutrient intake.
CNP’s Board of Directors oversees the organization and manages non-profit proceedings. The administrative team provides the support necessary to maintain CNP’s operations and the continued expansion of nutritional psychology.
Mrs. Lu received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Washington and MS in psychology from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana. She has several years of formal training in the nutrition and related sciences, and is the developer of the first university-level curriculum in Nutritional Psychology taught from 2008-2020 at JFK University. In 2015, Ephi and colleague Dr. Amanda Hull launched The Center for Nutritional Psychology (CNP), now a non-profit educational organization, designed to consolidate the world's research in the diet-mental health relationship and develop methodology for placement within the university environment. Her vision is to see a nutritional component incorporated into mental healthcare by 2030.
Ms. Baryshnikova obtained a degree in psychology from Cal Poly SLO, and is currently pursuing her MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from SJSU. She works on all aspects of CNP's programs, organizational development, and course design and administration.
Mrs. Clearfield has dual graduate degrees in teaching from the University of Michigan and visual arts from Antioch University. She has assisted in the administrative, budgetary, and curriculum development for Columbia Visual Arts college, leading to the school’s accreditation by the state of Maryland. She has also assisted in the founding and development of a private middle school in Northern California through budget and fundraising management, curriculum development, and contributing to the school’s accreditation process. She presently serves as CNP's Treasurer.
Chelsea Louise Doswell
Ms. Louise-Doswell is pursuing her MS in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling at the University of South Alabama. Ms. Doswell has completed the original 7-course Certificate in Nutritional Psychology from JFK University, and is a CNP curriculum contributor for NP 110.
Chelsea Louise Doswell
CNP Assistant Administrative Editor
Mitsuhiko (Mickey) is a former UK-based pharmacist (PharmD). Mickey brings his skills to CNP by assisting in the consolidation and summarization of research studies contained within the CNP Research Libraries.
CNP Research Library Development
CNP Organizational Development
Hash Software is one of the software teams assisting in the development of CNP's Digital Membership Library platform.
Library Membership Database Development
CNP would also like to acknowledge The Foundation Group for their valuable assistance with 501(c)(3) organizational proceedings.
CNP Contributors are volunteers who support the development of nutritional psychology by providing expertise in their area(s) of specialty. CNP values the help in bettering our collective understand of the interdisciplinary elements comprising the field.
As a licensed clinical psychologist with advanced degrees in psychology, education and nutrition, Dr. Beurkens is the world's leading holistic child psychologist. She has dedicated her 23+ year career to providing parents with research-based strategies that get to the root of children's attention, anxiety, mood and behavior challenges so they reach their highest potential. She runs a multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment clinic and is a best-selling author, published researcher, award-winning therapist, and experienced mother of four.
Education Planning Committee
Dr. Sam Scarnato has served the military community for 12+ years as a pediatric psychologist for the Department of Defense. She has participated on multiple interdisciplinary assessment and treatment teams, to include the feeding team, which addresses caregivers’ concerns regarding the food choices and eating habits of their children. As a mother of three, including one child with a history of avoidant-restrictive food intake difficulties, she is committed to supporting families through potential feeding challenges and guiding mental health providers in their approach to exploring the diets and eating behaviors of clients and patients.
Education Planning Committee
Dr. Lokken is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She is a clinician and a researcher, and will be bringing her skills to CNP to assist in curriculum development in Nutritional Psychology.
Education Planning Committee
Dr. Lippman-Barile is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) who practices in New York. As a psychologist, Dr. Lippman-Barile specializes in treating anxiety and mood disorders, and she is an expert in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related compulsive disorders. As a nutritional therapist, she specializes in treating blood sugar dysregulation, digestive health, and helping to improve mood using food and lifestyle modifications. Dr. Lippman-Barile intimately cares about the connection between gut health and brain health, and she applies evidence-based research in this field to optimize physical, mental, and emotional status. Dr. Lippman-Barile believes that by understanding the science behind the reasons for selecting and eating certain foods, as well as engaging in certain lifestyle behaviors, we can achieve more sustainable, effective, and longer lasting health. Dr. Lippman-Barile holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University and a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Certification.
Hira Shaheen is an MD and graduated from the University of Health Science, Pakistan, in 2017. She has work as a clinician in primary and tertiary healthcare institutes across the country, has been a faculty member in the Physiology department in a Pakistani Medical School until 2021 when she acquired a UAE medical license. Currently, she is pursuing her registration with General Medical Council, UK, and aspires to train in NHS. She is keen on psychiatry and takes a particular interest in approaching mental health problems through integrative medicine. Her aim in life is to promote a holistic approach through her writings, and her contribution in this course is an attempt to achieve that.
Stephanie Greunke is a registered dietitian who specializes in maternal nutrition and mental health. Over the last six years, Stephanie has dedicated her work to addressing the role nutrition plays in mental health from preconception through the postpartum period. She holds additional certifications in perinatal mental health and behavioral psychology and is an internationally recognized speaker on the topic of diet and maternal mental health. She’s also the education manager for Whole30 and co-hosts The "Doctor Mom" Podcast. Stephanie is committed to building a community of parents who encourage each other and share their own experiences so they know they’re not alone and have resources to feel empowered.
Jill Troderman is an award-winning Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Nutrition Educator specializing in family and child nutrition. Jill’s mission is to educate, empower, and inspire people to navigate towards their ultimate health goals by utilizing holistic mind, body, and soul based health and wellness practices. She has developed successful tools and methods for educating children. Jill is the author of The Food Tree Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Curriculum; A Mind, Body Soul Approach to Teaching Kids How to Eat Well and Be Healthy that has been taught to thousands of people since its creation in 2007. Jill maintains a private nutrition counseling practice and teaches workshops on holistic nutrition, healthy cooking, crafting herbal tea blends, and organic gardening. She is an advocate of eating organic, sustainable, fair-trade, local, homegrown plant- based nutrient-dense foods while encouraging the use of nutraceuticals, exploring herbs as medicine, and practicing a mindful lifestyle as ways to achieve health and wellness.
Tara's goal is to serve others on their journey in making holistic and healthy lifestyle choices supporting quality of life. She is passionate about how food and environmental systems have an impact on mental health in marginalized communities and led her to complete an M.S. Integrative and Functional Nutrition degree. Tara also holds an M.S. Information Management degree, which emphasized human interaction design with technology and turning data into information. With her combined degrees and technical work experience, Tara wants to empower others through the Center of Nutritional Pyschogloy online educational sources and assist in the development of Nutritional Psychology methodology.
Science Content Developer
Ana Chkhaidze is a Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. She is fascinated by the relationship between the external world and the human mind. In her thesis research, Ana explores the role of spoken languages in shaping human cognition and perception. She has published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has taught college-level and graduate classes in psychology, statistics, cognitive science, and biology. Ana has a BSc degree in Social Science (Free University of Tbilisi) and MSc degrees in Biology (Agricultural University of Georgia) and Neuroscience (University of Nevada, Reno). Before starting her Ph.D., Ana worked as a researcher at UCSF and as a data scientist at a tech company. Outside of work, Ana enjoys traveling the world and exploring and photographing architecture.
A former lecturer in health and social care, Lisa is a psychology graduate, early childhood studies graduate and spent her first master’s degree considering how societal expectations influence behaviour. After spending a decade supporting parents and children with a range of mental health issues, she has gained experience and expertise in the factors that contribute to parent and child development. Her special interests include biological, cognitive, and nutritional psychology, and how stress mediates the microbiome and the gut-mind connection. Lisa is currently studying towards an MSc in Human Nutrition and using the biochemistry of nutrition to inform her understanding of mental health.
Science Content Contributor
Deborah Orlick Levy is a registered dietitian with a private practice in Bergen County, New Jersey. She specializes in eating disorders, disordered eating, food sensitivities and weight management. In her practice, she works with clients on making achievable and sustainable behavior changes regarding food choices and focuses on moving clients beyond ‘good and bad’ foods. Deborah provides education on the connection between food and brain health, gut health, mood, and inflammation. Her nutrition insight has been included in numerous publications, including Redbook and Prevention. Deborah received her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY and completed her dietetic internship at New York- Presbyterian Hospital in New York, NY.
Nutrition and Dietetics Liaison
Amberly is a Licensed Professional Counselor, working primarily with children, teens, and parents. Her specialty areas include anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, ASD, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and trauma. It was during Amberly’s own personal battle with chronic illnesses that she discovered the importance of nutrition and how our diet impacts not only our physical health, but mental health as well. She strongly believes that nutrition is foundational to healing and is passionate about spreading the knowledge of Nutritional Psychology to anyone and everyone!
Research Category Contributor
Patricia Hubbard, MA, is a Mental Performance and Nutrition Coach with a private practice in the Maryland/DC area. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and her master’s degree in Sport Psychology, and has additional certification in sports nutrition. Patricia is passionate about helping athletes understand how their diet impacts both their cognitive performance and mental health in their sport. Patricia wants to help bridge the gap between the fields of nutrition and sport psychology to help athletes reach their highest potential through her research and work with CNP.
Joe Booth is the Practice Director of Class Five Mind, a modern recovery platform that combines technology with science-based techniques for overcoming substance abuse. He is also the author of From the River: A Guidebook to Sobriety from a Lifetime of Lessons Paddling. Joe has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CSU, Sacramento, and has spent the last 20 years working in adult education, motivation, peak performance, and behavioral psychology. He’s also active in the wellness and outdoor behavioral
CNP Online Education Developer
Hashmin is an undergraduate student at the University of California Santa Cruz who is majoring in Intensive Psychology. Alongside her undergraduate studies, Hashmin is working as a Registered Behavior Technician. She was introduced to the subject of Nutritional Psychology in her undergraduate studies. She became eager to learn more about the connection between an individual’s dietary intake and its role in their mental well-being. After taking NP 110, Hashmin decided she wanted to be a part of the CNP team to further explore the bridge between Nutrition and Psychology.