The CNP Team

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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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.

Ephi Morphew-Lu

President,
Executive Director

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.

Ephi Morphew-Lu

President,
Executive Director

Olga Baryshnikova, BS, MS (cand)

CNP Secretary,
Organizational Development

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.

Olga Baryshnikova, BS, MS (cand)

CNP Secretary,
Organizational Development

Randi Clearfield

CNP Treasurer

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.

Randi Clearfield

CNP Treasurer

Chelsea Louise Doswell

CNP Assistant Administrative Editor

Ms. Doswell is pursuing her MS in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling at Adam's State University, and currently works as a personal trainer. She 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 Suzuki

CNP Research Library Development

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.

Mitsuhiko Suzuki

CNP Research Library Development

Travis Monson

CNP Organizational Development

Travis brings to CNP his professional experience and expertise in business strategy and organizational development in both the education and mental health sectors. He is a globally recognized speaker, educator, and author. Travis is assisting with the development of CNP's educational and organizational infrastructure, and currently lives in Northern Utah with his wife Jessica. Travis and Jessica both enjoy long bike rides, hiking, goofing off, and quiet evenings curled up with a tv show or a good book.

Travis Monson

CNP Organizational Development

Hash Software

Library Membership Database Development

Hash Software is the software teams assisting in CNP's Online Membership Library development.

Hash Software

Library Membership Database Development

Foundation Group

Federal and State Non-Profit Compliance

Foundation Group supports CNP in all procedures and processes related to 501(c)(3) Federal and State Compliance.

Foundation Group

Federal and State Non-Profit Compliance

CNP would also like to acknowledge the extended team of developers, designers, professionals, and artists supporting the development of this website

CONTRIBUTOR TEAM

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.

Nicole Beurkens, PhD, CNS

Education Planning Committee

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.

Nicole Beurkens, PhD, CNS

Education Planning Committee

Child Nutrition & Mental Health

Sam Scarnato, PsyD

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.

Sam Scarnato, PsyD

Education Planning Committee

Pediatric Psychologist

Kristine Lokken, PhD, AFMCP

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.

Kristine Lokken, PhD, AFMCP

Education Planning Committee

Neuropsychology/Functional Medicine

Nicole Barile, PhD, NTP

Curriculum Development

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.

Nicole Barile, PhD, NTP

Curriculum Development

Clinical Disorders and Nutritional Therapy

Hira Shaheen, MD

Curriculum Development

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.

Hira Shaheen, MD

Curriculum Development

Microbiome and Mental Health

Stephanie Greunke, MS, RD, CPT, PMH-C

Content Developer

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.

Stephanie Greunke, MS, RD, CPT, PMH-C

Content Developer

Diet and Maternal Mental Health

Jill Troderman, NC

Study Contributor

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.

Jill Troderman, NC

Study Contributor

Family and Child Nutrition

Tara Cristobal-Rivera, CN, PsyD (cand)

Science Content Developer

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.

Tara Cristobal-Rivera, CN, PsyD (cand)

Science Content Developer

Integrative and Applied Nutrition

Ana Chkhaidze, PhD (cand)

Curriculum 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.

Ana Chkhaidze, PhD (cand)

Curriculum Developer

Cognitive Science

Lisa Hannaby, MA, PGDip, PGCE, MBPsS

Science Content Contributor

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.

Lisa Hannaby, MA, PGDip, PGCE, MBPsS

Science Content Contributor

Science Writer

Patricia Hubbard, MA

Content 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.

Patricia Hubbard, MA

Content Contributor

Sport Psychology and Cognitive Performance

Joe Booth, BA

Online Education Developer

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

Joe Booth, BA

Online Education Developer

Substance Recovery

Hashmin Sajjan

CNP Intern

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.

Hashmin Sajjan

CNP Intern

Special Projects

Cassidy Axelrod, BS Psych, MS, CNS (cand)

CNP Contributor

Cassidy is a graduate student at Maryland University of Integrative Health working toward her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition and Integrative Health. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon, majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. Upon graduating, she was passionate about psychology but felt there was something missing in the approach to handling a person’s mental health without considering their diet and lifestyle. Through her own experience with food allergies, autoimmune disease, and mental health, as well as observing those around her, she noticed the complex and interconnected relationship that exists between nutrition and psychology. She is especially interested in the ways that diet and nutrition can benefit or harm one’s mental health and well-being, as well as the synergistic relationship between plants, herbs, and human health. After taking NP110, Cassidy hopes to learn more about and play a role in educating, providing tools and awareness to others about this exciting field.

Cassidy Axelrod, BS Psych, MS, CNS (cand)

CNP Contributor

CNP Scholarship Program

Dori Coetzee, MS,RD

Dietetics

Dori Coetzee is a registered dietitian who specializes in plant-based nutrition. Dori currently serves as the Chair for the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, which is a part of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dori works with food systems that use plant-based diets to improve nutrition and to benefit the planet. Dori is glad to be part of the CNP team.

Dori Coetzee, MS,RD

Dietetics

Plant-Based Nutrition

Shereen Behairy, MS, PhD (cand)

Curriculum Developer

Shereen is a Clinical Pharmacist with a Masters’ degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology, a Ph.D student in Cairo University, Egypt, and a student of the Harvard Clinical Scholars Research Training (CSRT) program. Her current Ph.D. thesis is in neuropharmacology and is publishing her first book about the human brain and what goes beyond its normal physiological functions. Shereen has published several articles relating to mental health and nutrition, and is eager to contribute her relevant scientific background to and to work with CNP’s diverse team of experts in a variety of psychology & nutrition fields.

Shereen Behairy, MS, PhD (cand)

Curriculum Developer

Pharmacology & Brain

Claudia Santana Ochoa, MS

CE Programming

Claudia lives in Puerto Rico where she recently concluded her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology at Carlos Albizu University. Claudia was born and raised in Cuba and moved to Puerto Rico in her early adulthood. This is when she started learning about the impact of healthy habits on people well being. Experiencing herself the strong effect that food intake and physical exercise had on her mental and psychological state. Her own experience made her passionate about the food and psychological well-being strong relationship. It is her desire to promote awareness about it and help others to improve their quality of life.

Claudia Santana Ochoa, MS

CE Programming

Counseling Psychology

BLOG REVIEWERS

CNP’s blog reviewers read, fact-check, and revise all articles published on our blog.

Anthony Todd Nichols, PhD, LP

CNP Blog Reviewer

Anthony Todd Nichols, PhD, LP

CNP Blog Reviewer

Clinical Psychology

Eileen Santana, RD, CDN

CNP Blog Reviewer

Eileen Santana, RD, CDN

CNP Blog Reviewer

Nutrition & Public Health

Deborah Levy, MS, RDN

CNP Blog Reviewer

Deborah Levy, MS, RDN

CNP Blog Reviewer

Dietetics & Eating Disorders

Nanette Stroebele Benschop, PhD

CNP Blog Reviewer

Dr. Stroebele-Benschop is a Full Professor in the Institute of Nutritional Medicine at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. She is a psychologist and researcher in the field of nutritional psychology with a focus on health behavior changes using a wide range of research methods from experimental settings to public health approaches.

Nanette Stroebele Benschop, PhD

CNP Blog Reviewer

Psychology & Behavior