Dawn Clifford, PhD , RD

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Associate Professor and Didactic Program in Dietetics Director
Office: Holt 330
Phone: (530) 898-6164

Classes Taught
NFSC 155 Introduction to Nutrition and Food Sciences
NFSC 365 Nutrition Counseling and Education
NFSC 457 Futures in Dietetic
NFSC 662 Advanced Nutrition Counseling

Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness
Fit U Program

Research Interests

  • Non Diet Approaches to Wellness including: Health at Every Size®, Intuitive Eating, and Eating Competence
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mass Media Nutrition Education
  • Clinical Simulation in Dietetics Education
  • Director of FitU, a non-diet peer mentoring nutrition and exercise program for Chico State students:  Fit U Program


Clifford D & Curtis L. (2016). Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness. New York, NY: Guilford Publishing Inc.

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Clifford D & Neyman Morris M. Ending Weight Bias and Discrimination in Nutrition and Dietetics. SCAN Pulse, 2015; 34(2): 13-16.

  • Clifford D, Ozier A, Bundros J, Moore J, Kreiser A, Neyman Morris M. Impact of Non-Diet Approaches on Attitudes, Behaviors and Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2015; 47: 143-155.

  • Humphrey L, Clifford D, Neyman Morris M. Health at Every Size College Course Reduces Dieting Behaviors and Improves Intuitive Eating, Body Esteem, and Anti-Fat Attitudes. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2015;47:354-360.

  • Smart H, Clifford D, Neyman Morris, M. Nutrition Students Gain Skills from Motivational Interviewing Curriculum. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014. 114(11), 1715-1717.

  • Thompson J, Silliman K, Clifford DE. Impact of an early education multimedia intervention in managing nutrition-related chemotherapy side effects: a pilot study. SprinterPlus, 2013, 2:179.

  • Keeler K, Clifford D, August B, Kowalski P, Neyman Morris M. Examination of a Peer-Led, Non-Diet Nutrition and Exercise Adherence Pilot Program on a 5 College Campus: FitU. California Journal of Health Promotion, 2013 11(1), 84-96.

  •  Clifford, D., Keeler, L., Gray, K., Steingrube, A., & Neyman Morris, M. Weight attitudes predict eating competence among college students. Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal. 2010 39(2), 184-193.

Professional Publications

Personal Interests

  • Hanging out with my husband and son
  • Going for walks and bike rides
  • Watching sports
  • Arts and Crafts
  • College Ministries at Bidwell Presbyterian Church