“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
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 breastfeeding 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:
Recently awarded the Child Care Health Consultants in Public Health Regions grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to implement and assess nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding training to licensed child care centers in New Hampshire. Awarded a faculty development grant to conduct research on understanding barriers and contributors to breastfeeding among New Hampshire WIC mothers.
Selected Professional Work:
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, gardening, hiking, walking our two Alaskan Huskies, or beach fun!)