Department of Nutrition

West Chester University

Dr. Jeff Harris, DrPH, MPH, RD, LDN
College of Health Sciences
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

Faculty Directory

Joanne ChristaldiDr. Joanne Christaldi, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor

610. 436. 1038

Dr. Joanne Christaldi earned her BS degree in Foods and Nutrition from the College of St. Elizabeth, dietetic internship and an MS in Human Nutrition from the University of Delaware and PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia. She is a registered dietitian and previously worked for over seven years as a clinical dietitian. Dr. Christaldi earned a certificate in qualitative research methods and has completed research related to adult obesity prevention and food insecurity. In 2011, Dr. Christaldi earned the award of Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year from the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association.

Tricia DavidsonDr. Patricia G. Davidson, DCN, MS, RD, CDE
Assistant Professor
610. 436. 1066

Dr. Patricia Davidson comes to West Chester University with nearly 30 years of experience as a clinician, researcher, and educator. She is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and holds degrees from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University) (DCN, Doctor of Clinical Nutrition), Virginia Tech (MS, Nutrition and Food Science), Southern Illinois University (BS, Nutrition and Food Science). Her research skills were honed by seven years of medical research in Israel at the Rebecca Sieff Medical Center. Her research interests include the prevention and management of diabetes, applications of technology in diabetes management, and MNT. Her service to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has included coauthoring the Heart Failure Toolkit, chairing the Prediabetes Workgroup, president of NJDA, and several leadership positions. In 2011 she received the Carolyn Sebastianelli Distinguished Member Award from NJDA and the Distinguished Service Award of the Garden State Association of Diabetes Educators, and also served as their president.

GilboyDr. Mary Beth R. Gilboy, PhD, MPH, RD, LDN
Master of Public Health: Nutrition Track Coordinator
610. 738. 0559

Mary Beth Gilboy joined the Department of Health, West Chester University faculty in 2005. Dr. Gilboy is the MPH nutrition coordinator and teaches graduate courses in public health nutrition and the applied learning experience. She teaches undergraduate courses in strategies in dietetic education, nutrition pedagogy and community nutrition. Dr. Gilboy’s research interests are school nutrition education, community nutrition and service learning in dietetics education. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and is currently active in a community health coalition, the Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network and professional organizations. She holds degrees from Temple University (PhD, Health Education), University of North Carolina (MPH) and Marywood University (BS, Nutrition and Dietetics).

HarrisDr. Jeffrey Harris, DrPH, RD, LDN
Chair of Nutrition
610. 436. 2655

Dr. Harris is the Director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program and originally is from Southern California. He earned his B.A. in Biology at the University of California at San Diego, his M.P.H. in Nutrition and Health Education at Loma Linda University, Department of Health. Dr. Harris is a registered dietitian and teaches courses in biostatistics, research design, stress management, obesity, nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy as it relates to cardiovascular disease.

Chris KarpinskiDr. Christine Karpinski, PhD, RD, CSSD, LDN
Assistant Professor
Nutrition Department Assessment Coordinator
610. 436. 4406

Christine Karpinski has taught in the Department of Health, West Chester University since 1999 as an adjunct faculty. She became a tenure-track faculty in fall 2010. She teaches courses in sports nutrition, nutrition and culture, consumer nutrition, and nutrition assessment. Chris's research interests are sports nutrition, the interaction between exercise, nutrition and disease prevention and cultural diversity. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and a board certified sports dietitian. She holds degrees from West Chester University (BS, Exercise Science), Immaculata University (MA, Nutrition Education), and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (PhD, Health Sciences - Nutrition).

Since June 2013, Chris has served on the Executive Committee of Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness (SCAN) dietetic practice group. Serving as the Director of Sports Dietetics–USA (SD-USA), a subunit of SCAN that includes 300 sports dietitians across the country. Prior to coming to WCU, Chris had worked in corporate wellness, fitness centers, and private practice – managing, educating, counseling, and public speaking.

Janet LaceyDr. Janet Lacey, DrPH, RD, LDN
Foods Laboratory Coordinator

610. 436. 3176

Dr. Lacey is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health.  She teaches courses in macronutrients and micronutrients, food science, vegetarian nutrition, and food for mind and spirit.  Her research interests include diet and behavior and the nutrition and health benefits of plant-based diets.  She is a registered dietitian and holds master’s degrees in Counseling and School Psychology (UMASS Boston) and Food Science and Nutrition (UMASS Amherst).  Dr. Lacey is the past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She is the author of Fields of Nourishment: Plant-based Recipes with their Nutrient Profiles.

image of Lynn MonahanDr. Lynn Monahan Couch, DCN, MPH, RD, LDN
Assistant Professor

610. 738. 3897

Lynn Monahan Couch received her B.S. in clinical dietetics from the University of California-Berkeley, a Master’s of Public Health (M.P.H.) with an emphasis in Integrative Health at West Chester University and a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (D.C.N.) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).  She is a registered dietitian and an assistant professor at West Chester University where she teaches in both the undergraduate and M.P.H. graduate programs. Dr. Monahan’s research interests are clinical nutrition, particularly endocrine disorders, public health nutrition and food systems.

Professor Gina PazzagliaDr. Gina Pazzaglia PhD, MA, RD, LDN
Assistant Professor
610. 436. 2931

Gina Pazzaglia, PhD, RD is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at West Chester University of PA.  Dr. Pazzaglia earned her BS in Nutrition Science at Penn State University, a Master’s Degree in Nutrition at Syracuse University, and a PhD in Nutrition with an emphasis in Nutrition Education from Penn State University.  She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD) in Education, Policy and Evaluation from Arizona State University. Dr. Pazzaglia teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition at WCU including Nutrition and Culture, Introduction to Human Nutrition and Professional Skills in Dietetics at the undergraduate level and Maternal and Child Nutrition online at the graduate level. 

Dr. Pazzaglia is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with experience in clinical nutrition in both acute and long-term care settings, community nutrition and nutrition education for individuals, the public and health and education professionals. Her teaching and research interests include cultural competence and diversity skills in nutrition and dietetics, pedagogy in nutrition and dietetics, nutrition education for the health professions and nutrition education and health in the Latino/a population.

Jeanie SubachProfessor Jeanie Subach MA, RD, CSSD, LDN
Student Dietetic Association Advisor

Jeanie Subach is a Registered Dietitian, Board Certified Sports Specialist Dietitian, and faculty member in the department of Nutrition at West Chester University.   In this position she is the advisor to the Student Dietetic Association, and Nutrition Director for Campabilites, a camp for visually impaired students.  She earned a B.S in Home Economics, and a Masters in Nutrition Education from Immaculata University.  Jeanie is completing her doctoral studies in Educational Leadership and Management at Capella University, and will start her dissertation on the impact of nutrition intervention on young adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities in fall 2013.   

Jeanie has been the sports nutritionist for the Philadelphia 76’ers since 1989.  She held the role of team nutritionist for the Philadelphia Eagles under coach Andy Reid from 1999-2013, and for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1989 to 1997.  Jeanie acts as the nutrition preceptor for the Sports Medicine Fellows in the Crozer Keystone Sport Medicine fellowship program.  She is on the editorial review board for the publication The Physician and Sports Medicine.

Jeanie was the creator and facilitator of numerous nutrition based programs at Penn Wood and Glen Acres Elementary schools in the West Chester Area School District. She is a frequent presenter on nutrition at areas schools and Universities.  Jeanie has acted as spokesperson for numerous food companies, including Campbell Soup, Green Giant, General Mills and the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Council. In addition she was a spokesperson for the NFL Fuelup to Play 60 program – a program designed to educate school age children on proper nutrition. 

Jeanie has a passion for food, cooking, gardening and entertaining, and is said to be happiest when in the kitchen!

Sandra WalzDr. Sandra Walz, PhD, RD, LDN
Nutrition Minor Advisor
610. 436. 3113

Sandi Walz, a Minnesota native, joined the West Chester University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1995. She is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition. Dr. Walz holds degrees from North Dakota State University (BS degrees, Home Economics/nutrition, Corporate/Community Fitness; MS degree, Nutrition) and Kansas State University (PhD, Hospitality Management). She is a Registered Dietitian and Reiki Master Teacher with experience in problem- and adventure-based learning, foodservice management, community and sports nutrition, adult and childhood obesity, and integrative health.

Our adjunct faculty:

Professor Cecile Adkins, MA, RD, LDN

Professor Jennifer O'Neill-Barr, MPH, RD, LDN

Professor Dara Blomain, MPH, RD, LDN

Professor Karen Flewelling, MPH, RD, LDN

Professor Jeanette Fox, MPH, RD, LDN

Professor Julie Funk, MS, RD, CDE

Professor Angela Grassi-Scott, MS, RD, LD

Professor Regina Johnston, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE

Nutrition Program Director and Prospective Student Advisor : Dr. Jeffrey Harris 610. 436. 2655