Divisions represent the special, focused interests of members and provide critical networking and educational opportunities for members. The specialized knowledge and opportunities can be seen in action through education sessions at the Annual Conference as well as throughout the year via SNEB’s webinar programs, Division newsletters among other activities.

Digital Technology in Nutrition Education and Behavior Change

Gina Tripicchio, PhD, MEd, Chair
Emily Welker Duffy, MPH, RD, Chair-Elect
Alexandra McMillan Uribe, PhD, MS, RD, Past Chair

Technology is changing nutrition education and behavior change. As the experts in nutrition education and behavior change, SNEB members should understand and use technology innovations, but we must also assert our subject matter expertise in health behavior change. SNEB members have an important contribution to make in this area as digital technologies rarely leverage the power of the nutrition, social and behavioral sciences that we are the experts in. SNEB members — both researchers and practitioners — need to know about new technologies, how to engage with them, and how to evaluate when and how to use or recommend using them.

Food and Nutrition Extension Education Division (FNEE)

Geb Bastian, PhD, LN, RDN, Chair
Candy Gabel, MS, LD, RD, Chair-Elect
Pamela Bradford, MPH, Secretary/Treasurer
Sharon Austin, MD, Past Chair

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This division offers nutrition educators in the Cooperative Extension System the opportunity to share programming and research ideas, resources, and visions of the future. The members include Extension professionals at the local, state, and national levels in the U.S. as well as other national and international professionals. The division presents a pre-conference workshop at SNEB’s Annual Conference that offers an opportunity to network with colleagues to improve program development, implementation, and evaluation skills. The division provides mentors to new members attending the Annual Conference.

Why join the FNEE Division? Watch the video!

  • “FNEE has enabled me to connect with professionals with similar interests,” Joanne Kinsey
  • “I can’t say enough about the importance of FNEE to my growth as an Extension nutrition specialist over the past 26 years,” Linda Bobroff
  • “Belonging to FNEE has enriched my life both personally and professionally,” Alice Henneman
  • “FNEE provides a great opportunity to network with colleagues across the country,” Gayle Coleman
Healthy Aging Division

Christina Riccardo, Chair
Christina Riccardo, Chair-Elect
Daniela Rivero-Mendoza, MS, Secretary/Treasurer
Wendy Dahl, PhD, RD, Past Chair

The goal of this division is to provide a forum for SNEB members to network, stimulate research, and optimize nutrition-related quality of life for older adults through improved nutrition education and behavior.

The division strives to:

  • Provide a forum for division members to share knowledge and resources to support nutrition educators interested in and/or working with the older adult population;
  • Provide knowledge, skills and resources pertinent to healthy aging;
  • Provide a forum at the SNEB Annual Conference for professional development and discussion of issues related to older adults;
  • Promote SNEB’s goals and strategic plan through division activities;
  • Foster policy development and leadership through SNEB’s ACPP
  • Determine the need for, develop, and/or endorse position and policy papers supporting SNEB’s direction for nutrition quality of life and nutrition education issues related to older adults;
  • Encourage publication of articles related to healthy aging in JNEB; and
  • Establish partnerships with other agencies to promote nutrition quality of life for older adults.

Now Available – Senior Nutrition Program Solutions Forum Critical Issues Resource Guide
Resources on health care collaboration, enhancing and restoring congregate meal programs, flexibilities, and more. DOWNLOAD

Listen to Susan Adams talk about why she is a member of SNEB and the Healthy Aging Division

Higher Education Division

Rebecca Hagedorn-Hatfield, PhD, RDN, Chair
Pauline Williams, MPA, RD, RDN, Chair-Elect
Virginia Gray, PhD, MS, RDN, Secretary/Treasurer
Jennifer Zuercher, PhD, MA, LD, RD, Past Chair

The Purpose of the Higher Education Division is to provide individuals who work with or at post-secondary institutions space to network, to share pedagogical methodology and strategies to improve the effectiveness of teaching, to engage in research, and to collaborate in addressing challenges and opportunities related to nutrition in the higher education setting.

This goal is met through activities such as recognizing students and faculty for outstanding research and teaching contributions, sharing of curriculum ideas and materials, providing learning and networking opportunities through sponsored webinars and member-only meetings, engaging in active subcommittee work, and contributing program ideas and speakers for the Annual Conference.

Members represent a broad spectrum of programs that educate students, provide nutrition education services, advocate for inclusive, equitable campus nutrition environments, and conduct nutrition education-related research.

A class activity shared by Lora Beth Brown, EdD, RDN based on an SNEB Talks 2015 session “Nutrition Science or Science Fiction? A Class Activity and Homework Assignment Promoting Scientific Literacy”

International Nutrition Education (DINE)

Seung-Yeon Lee, PhD, Chair
Abiodun Atoloye, PhD, Chair-Elect
Andrea Bersamin, PhD, Secretary/Treasurer
Sarah Burkhart, PhD, Past Chair

Welcome to the Division for International Nutrition Education! DINE members conduct research projects, teaching and clinical work across the world from the USA to Malawi to Singapore. This Division was created in response to an expressed need for a more international perspective and focus within the Society. DINE aims to bring international topics and membership into all SNEB does: Journal articles, webinars, conference sessions, strategies, communication, etc.

DINE members’ work is as diverse as their locations. Members are involved in nutrition communication, planning and program development, sustainable agriculture, food security, public health nutrition, community development, education and training, research, consumer advocacy, and public policy. Many work with ethnically diverse populations within their own countries and in a variety of settings around the world.

Members have a Facebook Group, LinkedIn Group and GoogleGroup to network, learn and share with each other. If you would like to become a member of DINE, please register as an SNEB member and choose “Division for International Nutrition Education” as one of your complimentary divisions.

If you would like to learn more about DINE and our activities, please like our Facebook Page or feel free to contact us at dinesneb@gmail.com.

Nutrition Education for Children Division

Amelia Huelskamp, PhD, Chair
Heewon Gray, PhD, RDN, Chair-Elect
Sarah Amin, PhD, MPH, Past Chair

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The Nutrition Education for Children Division promotes communication, cooperation, and exchange of ideas among SNEB members and practitioners interested in nutrition education for children and who provide and/or develop nutrition education materials and programs for children. Our goals are to link nutrition educators, researchers, and practitioners to one another to help improve research, education, and practice. To reach these goals, our division works extensively with SNEB leadership and SNEB divisions to promote skill building, information sharing, advocacy, and communication.


Nutrition Educators in the Food Sector

Het Desai-Shah, PhD, Chair
Milton Stokes, PhD, MPH, RD, Secretary/Treasurer
Nick Rose, MS, Past Chair

This division includes SNEB members with broad-based educational and career experiences who work in the food sector, which encompasses subsector companies and organizations — manufacturers, food service, restaurants, trade associations, and agri-farm sector organizations. The membership of the NEFS Division reflects all that occurs in educating consumers, nutrition and health professionals and customers by these sectors. Professionals working in all aspects of the food sector share research and resources and develop projects that contribute significantly to nutrition education and consumer behavior research as well as fulfill SNEB’s goals.


The NEFS Division works to serve SNEB members by highlighting the dedicated, collaborative nutrition education efforts across the food sector to inspire and improve consumer nutrition behaviors.


The NEFS mission is to provide a focal division within SNEB to raise awareness of and promote collaboration on consumer nutrition education and behavioral research, resources and programming among SNEB members and the diverse practitioners in the food sector.


Public Health Nutrition Division

Betsy Anderson-Steeves, PhD, RD, Chair
Kelseanna Hollis-Hansen, PhD, MPH, Chair-Elect
Crystal Bowne, MA, MPH, Secretary/Treasurer
Matthew Landry, PhD, LDN, RDN, Past Chair

Individuals from a variety of settings, including community health organizations, schools of public health, universities, hospitals, government agencies, and others comprise this division. Members bring a mix of public health-related interests, including health communication, disease prevention, and health promotion, teaching, research and hunger. The division focuses on helping members exchange information, contribute to public policy issues relevant to all areas of public health nutrition, and seek opportunities with other partners to enhance nutrition education messages for the public.


Research Division

Virginia C. Stage, PhD, RDN, Chair
Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia, EdD, RD, Chair-Elect
Mackenzie Ferrante, PhD, RDN, Secretary/Treasurer
Heewon Gray, PhD, RDN, Past Chair

SNEB takes pride in its leadership role in moving the field of nutrition education and behavior forward. To accomplish this, we depend on the research conducted by our membership.

While past annual conferences have provided a venue for researchers to disseminate their work, there has been less attention given to increasing their skills. The creation of a specific division would enable members to engage at a personal and professional level through networking and capacity building. It would provide opportunities to increase the rigor of submissions to JNEB. It could serve an important function in bringing together students (undergraduates, graduates and post-doc) and researchers to strengthen future nutrition educators.

This new Division would not draw researchers away from discipline-specific divisions, but rather provide a means to enhance SNEB’s research presence across disciplines.


Student Division

Luyue (Cindy) Zheng, Chair
Cheron Copeland, NDTS, Co-Chair-Elect
Somya Gupta, Co-Chair-Elect
Nila Pradhanaga, Secretary/Treasurer
Aysha Baltaci, PhD, MS, Past Chair

Higher Education Fair

To facilitate networking and building connections in the virtual conference environment, Student Division has compiled advertisements for programs seeking Master’s and Doctoral level students, and Dietetic Internships for those wishing to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. We hope that student members, and professional members looking to go back to school, get use out of this digital resource to connect with programs that they may not otherwise have even known about! Each program has a name and email for a program contact so you can get in touch for more info. This is the first time we’ve done this, so we’d love your feedback!



Sustainable Food Systems Division

Sarah Burkhart, PhD, Chair
Ricardo Kairios, MS, Chair-Elect
Kelly Kogan, PhD, MS, JD, Past Chair

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The mission of this division is to promote food systems that are environmentally sound, socially just, economically viable and produce quality food. The division supports leadership in advocacy, education and research through communications and networking among division members and with individuals and organizations in the public-at-large. Members receive newsletters and can participate in a listserv.