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Melissa Bernstein, PhD, RD, LD, FAND

Chair, Program Director, Associate Professor

Dr. Melissa Bernstein completed a coordinated program in nutrition and dietetics and received a bachelor of science from Syracuse University. She received her Master of Science and Doctorate degree in nutritional biochemistry and exercise physiology with a focus on geriatrics from the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. In 2006, Dr. Bernstein joined the faculty at Rosalind Franklin University. Her interests include introductory nutrition, health and wellness, geriatric nutrition, physical activity, and nutritional biochemistry. Dr. Bernstein has co-authored prominent nutrition textbooks; Nutrition, Discovering Nutrition, Nutrition Across Life Stages, Nutrition for the Older Adult, and Nutrition Assessment: Clinical and Research Applications and reviewed and authored textbook chapters, position statements, and peer-reviewed journal publications on the topics of nutrition and nutrition for older adults. She is the co-author of the Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Food and Nutrition for Older Adults: Promoting Health and Wellness. Dr. Bernstein has served on review and advisory committees for the Academy’s Evidence Analysis Library and as a reviewer for Academy position statements.