Member Research

This page is devoted to NJAND member and neighboring affiliate dietetic association member research.  If you have recently been involved in conducting nutrition research and would like to share your results please complete the research submission form so that your research can be shared with our members! 

Targeted Calorie Message Promotes Healthy Beverage Consumption Better than Charity Incentive


Dr. Peggy Policastro, RDN, is the Director of Behavioral Nutrition in the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH) at Rutgers University and the Director of Nutrition for Rutgers Dining Services. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she holds a master’s degree in Nutritional Science from Rutgers and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies-Nutritional Science and Psychology. Her research interest is in the area of Behavioral Economics and the use of nudges to encourage healthy eating behaviors. She has numerous journal publications in the area of Behavioral Nutrition and during her tenure at Rutgers, has mentored hundreds of students on research projects investigating dietary habits of college students. She currently is very active in the Menus of Change-University Collaborative Research Group, leading multi-site projects and holding the position of Co-Chair of the Academic Committee.

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Mary-Pat is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who has been dedicated to the field of nutrition for her entire career.  She recently obtained a doctoral degree in Education from Rowan University. Her dissertation topic was Dietetic Students' Lived Experience Working With Preceptors: A Phenomenology.

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Rajesh Kumari is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who has worked in the field of Nutrition of health care for the past twenty years. Recently, she obtained a Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University. Her studies and extensive clinical nutrition experience, primarily practicing medical nutrition therapy for the management of chronic conditions including stroke and other neurological conditions, sparked her interest in the pursuit of an advanced degree. Her dissertation work:  Multimodal Dietary Treatment in Tourette’s Syndrome - is an exploratory open-label multimodal dietary treatment study performed in collaboration with Neuro Institute, Atlantic Health System.  Positive results of this preliminary experimental multimodal dietary treatment are very encouraging and have been acknowledged as a poster presentation for Atlantic Health System Research Day and recently at FNCE, Chicago.