Dr. Becky Dunn RD, LD
“I love the collaboration that happens in the Health Science department,” says Becky Dunn. I am lucky to work with such talented and dedicated individuals who have a commitment to teaching. I like getting to know our health science students as the smaller class sizes enable relationships to be formed.” She appreciates the other kinds of connections that happen at Keene State as well. “Each semester,” she says, “I have affirming moments when I see students making connections between nutrition and science. Those ‘light bulb moments’ for the students are the most exciting as I see them making connections, integrating knowledge and really ‘getting it.’”
Dr. Dunn hopes that her that students become comfortable with complex nutrition science concepts and leave Keene State with the knowledge and skills needed to become effective professionals.
Degrees and Credentials:
BS, Home Economics/Dietetics, Keene State College
RD, St. Luke’s Hospital
CNSC, Certified Nutrition Support Specialist MA, Nutrition Education, Immaculata University
PhD, Nutritional Science, University of New Hampshire
My scholarly interests are in the area of maternal and child health, particularly lactation-based research and early infant feeding practices as well as in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
I have been at Keene State since 2001. Prior to Keene State, I worked as a clinical dietitian at Portsmouth Regional Hospital from 1995 to 1997 and then at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1997 to 2001, specializing in the prescription of nutrition support to infants and children with congenital heart disease and thoracic organ transplantations.
Awards & Accolades:
Since 2013, I've been working with Dr. Karrie Kalich in leading nutrition and physical activity self-assessments in licensed child care centers in New Hampshire through funding from the NH Department of Health and Human Services. Awarded two faculty development grants to conduct research on understanding barriers and contributors to breastfeeding among New Hampshire WIC mothers and to assess the breastfeeding environment in child care settings.
Selected Professional Work:
Dunn, R.L., Kalich, K.A., Fedrizzi, R., & Phillips, S. (2015). Barriers and contributors to breastfeeding in WIC mothers: A social ecological perspective. Breastfeeding Medicine, 10(10), 493-501.
Dunn, R.L., Kalich, K.A., Henning, M.J. & Fedrizzi, R. (2015). Engaging field-based professionals in a qualitative assessment of barriers and positive contributors to breastfeeding using the Social Ecological Model. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(1), 6-16.
Dunn, R.L., Huwe, J.K., & Carey, G.B. (2010). Biomonitoring polybrominated diphenyl ethers in human milk as a function of environment, dietary intake and demographics in New Hampshire. Chemosphere, 80, 1175-1182.
Dunn, R.L., & Carey, G.B. (2010). Developing a biomonitoring educational pamphlet for potential participants in a breast milk biomonitoring study. Journal of Human Lactation, 26(2), 183-186.
Dunn, R. L., Stettler, N., & Mascarenhas, M. R. (2003). Refeeding syndrome in hospitalized pediatric patients. Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 18, 327-332.
Dunn, R. L. (2003). Nutrition management of cardiac conditions. In N. Nevin-Folino (Ed.), Pediatric manual of clinical dietetics (2nd ed.). American Dietetic Association.
Spending time with my husband and two sons, mostly outdoors (kayaking, canoeing, swimming, gardening, hiking, walking our two Alaskan Huskies, or beach fun!)