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 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

Editor,
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

Editor,
Executive Director

Olga Baryshnikova

Board of Directors, 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

Board of Directors, Secretary,
Organizational Development

Randi Clearfield

Board of Directors, 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

Board of Directors, Treasurer

Chelsea Louise Doswell

Director of Continuing Education & Research Library Development

Ms. Doswell graduated with a degree in Strategic Communication from the University of South Alabama, and is currently pursuing her MS in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling at Adam’s State University. She has completed the original 7-course Certificate in Nutritional Psychology from JFK University, and is a CNP curriculum contributor assisting in the development of the Interoceptive element of NP. Her long-term goal is to one day incorporate her knowledge of the Diet-Mental Health Relationship into her graduate/clinical work, supporting those who suffer from various eating disorders. Chelsea supports continuing education and library membership development for CNP.

Chelsea Louise Doswell

Director of Continuing Education & Research Library Development

Shereen Albehairy

NP Curriculum Development

Shereen F. Behairy is a Clinical Pharmacist holding a Master's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacology & Toxicology), and her research has been published in high-impact scientific journals. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Neuropharmacology at Cairo University, Egypt. As she works toward her Ph.D., she's conducting experimental studies on novel dietary interventions in treating brain disorders. She is a recent member of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) and recently completed the Clinical Scholars Research Training (CSRT) postgraduate program, where her capstone project investigated the potential link between dietary-induced gut dysfunction and hypertension progression in adult Egyptian patients. Her passion for neuroscience has inspired her to begin writing her first book about the human brain and what goes beyond its normal physiological functions. Currently, she is pursuing her goal of becoming a professor because she firmly believes that good education has the power to enrich minds and the world. She is eager to contribute her relevant scientific background to and collaborate with CNP's diverse team of experts in various psychology and nutrition fields.

Shereen Albehairy

NP Curriculum Development

Vincent Tse

CNP Staff Research Writer Neuroscience Research

Vincent graduated cum laude from UCLA with a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and with a minor in Neuroscience. Fascinated by the brain’s sophisticated functions in health and vulnerability during disease states, Vincent gravitated towards neuroscience research to better understand the intricate processes that mediated critical neurophysiology. He was an undergraduate researcher who investigated the neurodegenerative mechanisms underlying multiple sclerosis, and his contributions have resulted in numerous publications in high-impact science journals. Currently, in his gap years, Vincent is refining his knowledge of glial biology at UCSF and will be applying to Ph.D. programs in Neuroscience. His passion for neuroscience research has led him to think beyond the confines of the brain and consider the effects of our dietary habits on brain health. This prompted him to join the CNP team as a writer who explores and bridges the relationship between nutritional psychology and neuroscience.

Vincent Tse

CNP Staff Research Writer Neuroscience Research

Nicole Barile, PhD, NTP

NP 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

NP Curriculum Development

Nabila Pervaiz

Curriculum Development

Nabila is a Medical biotechnologist and currently doing her MS research in the Health Microbiology field at Kinnaird College for Women, Pakistan. She has always been fascinated by microbial interaction with human bodies and how it modulates individual health. Her research has focused on E.coli and reported the novel virulent E.coli genes responsible for causing UTIs in Pakistani Females. Through her research, she presents novel research findings to educate young girls and women on personal hygiene and recent trends in antibiotic resistance and how microbes influence physiological and psychological states.

Nabila Pervaiz

Curriculum Development

Travis Monson

Organizational Growth & 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

Organizational Growth & Development

Karim Maghraby

Research Consolidation

Dr. Karim Maghraby is a Physician Scientist, holding a Medical Doctorate from Asyut University, Egypt, and a Masters’ degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Maghraby’s thesis focused on the treatment of gut dysfunction in acute malnutrition using novel dietary interventions and produced award-winning publications describing the use of milk extracellular vesicles to induce stem cell proliferation, a first of its kind. Dr. Maghraby believes dietary interventions hold a wealth of untapped potential that can further our overall health and continues to pursue his passion exploring nutrition and the interplay between diet, physical, and mental well-being. He is happy to be a part of our team and looks forward to applying his expertise to CNP.

Karim Maghraby

Research Consolidation

Cassidy Axelrod

Director of Scholarship and Social Communications

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

Director of Scholarship and Social Communications

Youssef Soliman

NP Curriculum Development

Youssef is a 4th-year medical student at Asyut University, Egypt. He has been fascinated with the nervous system and its interaction with nearly every organ. This made him eager to understand it at the molecular level and how certain molecular changes can lead to neurological/psychiatric manifestations. He is currently doing secondary research on the prevention of recurrent stroke and transient ischemic attacks in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome. Youssef has passed the United States Medical Licensing Exam STEP1 and wishes to continue in neurology as his career. He is also passionate about data analysis and programming. He believes that understanding data can lead to improved patient care, more accurate diagnoses, and better decision-making. He has a nanodegree in data analysis from Udacity and wishes to combine his medical knowledge and data-related skills to improve healthcare and research, especially in neurology.

Youssef Soliman

NP Curriculum Development

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CONTRIBUTOR TEAM

CNP Contributors support the development of nutritional psychology by providing expertise in their area of specialty. We value our contributors and their collective understanding of the interdisciplinary elements comprising this developing field of study.

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, Psy.D, CFNC

Education Planning Committee

Dr. Scarnato has served the military community for 13+ years as a pediatric psychologist for the Department of Defense, and is a Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor. 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, Psy.D, CFNC

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

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

Ana Chkhaidze, PhD (cand)

Curriculum Development

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 Development

Cognitive Science

Claudia Santana Ochoa, MS

CE Programming Puerto Rico

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 Puerto Rico

Counseling Psychology

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

Dori Coetzee, MS,RD

Nutrition and 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

Nutrition and Dietetics

Plant-Based Nutrition

Deb Orlick-Levy, MS, RDN

Dietetics

Deborah is a registered dietitian who specializes in eating disorders, disordered eating, weight management, food allergies and sports nutrition. She completed her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition at New York Medical College and takes a research-backed approach to health and wellness. She started her career in the medical nutrition industry and has since built a successful private practice while working as a consultant and spokesperson for food companies and senior living communities. Her passions include helping individuals achieve their goals and supporting fact-based health messaging to reach larger audiences. Deborah is committed to providing accurate nutrition information and providing resources to help people make informed choices for their own health and well-being.

Deb Orlick-Levy, MS, RDN

Dietetics

Disordered Eating

Gabriella Resnick, BS, INHC

CNP Intern (Summer 22)

Gabriella is a Spring 2022 graduate from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is receiving her BS in Psychology and a minor in Women and Gender studies. She also obtained her certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is passionate about exploring the intersection of nutrition and psychology as a future clinical psychologist.

Gabriella Resnick, BS, INHC

CNP Intern (Summer 22)

Special Projects

ARTICLE REVIEWERS

CNP’s article reviewers all articles published on the CNP website for conceptual and evidence-based accuracy. Should you have expertise in a nutritional psychology-related content area and wish to serve as a reviewer please contact editor@nutritional-psychology.org.

Anthony Todd Nichols, PhD, LP

CNP Article Reviewer

Dr. Nichols is a licensed psychologist in Minnesota. He provides therapy services in a clinic and teaches graduate students in a counseling program at a state university. Dr. Nichols specializes in providing clinical services to adults and children with histories of physical and sexual trauma and specializes in work with individuals with attachment disorders, anxiety, depression, and related diagnoses.

Anthony Todd Nichols, PhD, LP

CNP Article Reviewer

Clinical Psychology

Eileen Santana, RD, CDN

CNP Article Reviewer

Eileen is a registered dietitian who completed her dietetic training at New York University and CUNY Hunter College. She specializes in community nutrition, public health and mental wellness nutrition. She currently educates clients on creating dietary habits that help support their mood, energy levels and overall mental health.

Eileen Santana, RD, CDN

CNP Article Reviewer

Nutrition & Public Health

Nanette Stroebele Benschop, PhD

CNP Article 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 Article Reviewer

Psychology & Behavior