BiographyI graduated first with a B.S degreefrom the University of California at Davis, then completed a combined program with a dietetic internship and master's degree at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. I practiced clinical dietetics in psychiatric hospitals,including substance abuse and eating disorder programs for 25+ years. I then returned to graduate school at the University of Arizona and earned the PhD degree, with mentors Mary Ann Kight, PhD, RD and Pamela Reed PhD, RN,FAAN.
I have three children and five grandchildren and enjoy being part of the writing community in San Diego, CA.
Graduate studies introduced me to the concepts involved in building knowledge through theory and scientific methods. I learned skills in nutrition diagnosis and in performing nutrition-focused physical examinations. I enjoy teaching and giving presentations concerning my areas of interest.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My dissertation research centered on validating a proposed Metaparadigm of Clinical Dietetics, which outlines a structure and content for the body of knowledge used by clinical dietitians.
My books center on gathering and reviewing scientific literature from diverse sources that present research that links mental status with an individual nutrient or nutritional status. Collecting and publishing this diverse literature gives an over-view of what scientists have done in the field,confirming, in my opinion, that nutrition affects mental health in many ways.
Serving as president of The San Diego Writers/Editors Guild and achieving our first Guild Anthology (The Guilded Pen-2012 edition)has been of great satisfaction. I hope to continue to develop a professional blog for spreading the continued word on scientific progress in the fields of nutrition and mental health.