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).

Professor A GolmohamadiDr. Amir Golmohamadi, PhD, MSc, BSc

Dr. Amir Golmohamadi holds a PhD in Food Science and has gained valuable experiences in Child Nutrition and Feeding, working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Idaho.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tehran and his master’s degree from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran. Prior to his PhD studies, he worked as a food quality assurance scientist at an international company and has several years of experience in academia in Food Science and Nutrition. His teaching experiences have been with diverse socio-economical youths and adults. Currently, he teaches Food Science courses (NTD 205, NTD 312, and NTD 410) in the Nutrition and Dietetics program at West Chester University.

Having done research for over 9 years Dr. Golmohamadi has been applying fundamentals of food engineering and food chemistry to improve human health and food safety. His ultimate goal in research is to develop foods with customized texture for children by combining tribology, sensory, and nutrition education.

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.

Dr. Kimberly JohnsonKimberly-Elizabeth Johnson, PhD, RDN
Assistant Professor

Dr. Kimberly-Elizabeth Johnson earned a BS in Nutrition Science from Cornell University, and an MS in Child and Family Studies and PhD in Social Sciences with emphasis on food and nutrition policy through Syracuse University. She has clinical and food management experience in healthcare and over a decade of university teaching experience. Dr. Johnson researches public engagement in science and policy of food, nutrition, and food landscapes, and how it influences health and citizenship. Her work examines commodity-seed oils, dietary fats, and food processing using a bio-cultural and ecological approach. Dr. Johnson’s teaching interests include lifecycle and community nutrition, cultural and social theory of nutrition, food and nutrition policy and ethics, and food history. Using service learning in her classes, Dr. Johnson received a Chancellor’s Inspiration Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship from Syracuse University in 2013. Dr. Johnson is also committed to community projects in local and sustainable food systems.

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

Christine Karpinski is an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian and is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Nutrition at West Chester University. Chris earned her BS at West Chester University in exercise science and played field hockey and lacrosse. Her Master’s degree is from Immaculata University and she earned her PhD from Rutgers University with her doctoral research project involving the athletes at WCU. For 20 years, Chris has worked in corporate wellness, fitness center, and private practice settings. Her research interests include performance nutrition, recovery, injury prevention and treatment, and cultural competency. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she works with athletes at WCU and mentors undergraduate nutrition majors who are interested in sports nutrition. Chris has served on the Executive Committee of SCAN as the Director of Sports Dietetics – USA (SD-USA) since June 2013. She is also a member of ACSM, PINES, and CPSDA. Chris enjoys working out, hiking, playing golf, gardening, and watching almost any sport.

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 is a native of Iowa. She 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 Rutgers University (formally, UMDNJ). She is a registered dietitian and an assistant professor at West Chester University where she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Monahan’s research interests are clinical nutrition, particularly endocrine disorders, public and community nutrition, food policy 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.

faculy member Jeanie SubachDr. Jeanie Subach EdD, 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 completed her doctoral studies in Educational Leadership and Management at Capella University. Her dissertation on the impact of nutrition intervention on young adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities was completed with the Adapted Physical Activity program at the university.

Jeanie is the sports nutritionist for the Philadelphia 76’ers, starting with the team in 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 Regina Johnston, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE

Professor Maria C. Pannucci, MA, RD, LDN

Nutrition Chairperson and Prospective Student Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Harris 610-436-2655