NP 110: Introduction to Nutritional Psychology Methods (NP 110)

Welcome to NP 110! This course lays the foundation for the field of study of Nutritional Psychology. In this course you will learn the concepts, methods, definitions, and research defining the field of NP.

This course provides the first complete conceptualization for understanding the psychological, cognitive, behavioral, sensory-perceptual, interoceptive, and psychosocial aspects of the Diet-Mental Health Relationship (DMHR).

Please note that upon enrolling, you will have 90 days to access and complete the course. Please make use of the Module Download Kits and take notes on the material as you progress through the course.

NP 110 is worth 8 CE credits. CNP is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CNP maintains responsibility for this course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 8 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Neither CNP nor the course instructors have any financial, commercial, or other conflicts of interest to disclose related to the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of this continuing education course.

CNP is committed to providing equal learning opportunities for students. If you find that your needs have not been fully met, please contact us and we will make all necessary accommodations.

On behalf of the CNP Team, welcome to the start of your learning journey in Nutritional Psychology!
  • Administrative
  • NP 110 Syllabus
  • Instructor Welcome Message
  • Instructor and Contributor Bios
  • Continuing Education Committee
  • Course Disclaimer
  • Module 1: Introduction to Nutritional Psychology
  • Overview
  • Terms and Definitions
  • The Six Elements of NP
  • Research Methods Used in Nutritional Psychology
  • Conclusion
  • M1 Quiz
  • MODULE 2: Diet-Psychological Relationship (DPR)
  • Overview
  • Terms and Definitions
  • DPR Bi-Directionality
  • DPR Research Categories
  • DPR Dietary Intake Patterns
  • DPR Research Exploration
  • Conclusion
  • M2: Quiz
  • Module 3: Diet-Behavioral Relationship (DBR)
  • Overview
  • Terms and Definitions
  • The Cognitive-Behavioral Dietary Intake Cycle
  • Dietary Intake Behavior: Concepts I
  • NP 110 Research Summary: Foraging Behavior
  • Dietary Intake Behavior: Concepts II
  • Dietary Intake Behavior: Concepts III
  • Dietary Intake Behavior: Concepts IV
  • Conclusion
  • M3: Quiz
  • Module 4: Diet-Cognitive Relationship (DCR)
  • Overview
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Neuroanatomical and Cognitive Development
  • The Mesocorticolimbic Dopamine Reward/Motivation (DA) System
  • Cognitive Abilities and the DCR: Attention and HDLM
  • Cognitive Abilites and the DCR: Executive Functions
  • DCR-Informed Treatment Interventions
  • Conclusion
  • M4 Quiz
  • Module 5: Diet-Sensory-Perceptual relationship (DSPR)
  • Overview
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Sensory-Perceptual Processes in the DSPR
  • Senses in Dietary Intake: Smell
  • Senses in Dietary Intake: Taste, Flavor, and Texture
  • Senses in Dietary Intake: Visual Processes
  • Senses in Dietary Intake: Hearing
  • Physiological Responses to Sensory-Processing Signals: CPRs
  • Post-Ingestive Sensations in Dietary Intake
  • Conclusion
  • M5 Quiz
  • Module 6: diet-Interoceptive relationship (DIR)
  • Overview
  • Terms and Definitions
  • What Is Interoception?
  • The Anterior Insular Cortex (AIC)
  • Interoceptive Awareness (IA)
  • DMHR IA Model
  • Conclusion
  • M6: Quiz
  • Module 7: diet-psychosocial relationship (DPSR)
  • Overview
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Social Norms
  • Social Norms in Youth
  • Social Norms in Community and Culture
  • Social Norms in Snacking
  • Social Modeling
  • Conclusion
  • M7: Quiz
  • Final Exam Instructions
  • NP 110 Final Exam
  • Course Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever