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Melissa Bernstein, PhD, RD, LD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Melissa Bernstein received her RD by completing a coordinated nutrition program at Syracuse University. After working as a clinical dietitian in the Boston area, she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Tufts University Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, MA. Her graduate studies at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging focused on Nutritional Biochemistry and Exercise Physiology with a concentration on Geriatrics. Dr. Bernstein's thesis research merged these fields as she investigated the effects of diet and physical activity on the overall health and well-being of older adults. While in graduate school, Dr. Bernstein worked as an adjunct professor and a consulting dietitian in private practice. Dr. Bernstein relocated to Cincinnati OH, where she continued teaching both traditional and online nutrition courses. In 2006, Dr. Bernstein joined the faculty at Rosalind Franklin University as an Assistant Professor. She is the editor of a geriatric nutrition textbook, Nutrition for the Older Adult and co-author on two introductory nutrition textbooks, Nutrition and Discovering Nutrition. Dr. Bernstein has also written and reviewed numerous nutrition chapters in other health-related textbooks. Dr. Bernstein currently lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband and five children.