This course is the first in a next-generation curriculum in nutritional psychology and is designed to lay the foundation of study in nutritional psychology and serve as a resource for mental health professionals, nutritionists, and allied health professionals. It can also be placed within the university environment to train future professionals, as well as all other individuals who would benefit from understanding the diet-mental health relationship.
Please note that NO PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS of nutritional psychology are provided in this course. That content will be covered in the NP 200 series.
*For those taking this course for Continuing Education (CE/CPE) Credits*:
CNP is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists and mental health providers, by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to provide CE credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), and by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for Licensed Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (RDs/DTRs). This course provides 18.25 hours of continuing education credit (CE/CPE). CNP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Upon completion of NP 120 Part I (including the general course evaluation), please message your instructor and provide your full name and provider or license number. We will validate your course completion and issue a certificate meeting BBS criteria.
For those of you who are licensed psychologists, the certificate at the end of the course is sufficient. You do not need to contact us for anything additional.
To meet CDR requirements, you must complete NP 120 Part I, the general course evaluation, and an additional CDR-required evaluation. This additional CDR evaluation is titled "NP 120 Part I CDR Critical Thinking Evaluation Tool for Registered Dietitians (RDs) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs)" and can be found at the end of the course. Upon completing these requirements, please message your instructor and provide your full name and provider number. We will validate your course completion and provide you with a certificate meeting CDR criteria.
How to properly cite NP 120 Part I:
Authors (Last name, first initial). (Year retrieved). Module Number: Module Title; Section Title (e.g., Module 3: The Diet-Cognitive Relationship; Neurodevelopment through the Lifespan). In (Ed.), Course title. Publishing organization. Web address.
Lu, E., Lokken, K., Doswell, C., Protogerous, C., Greunke, S. (2021). Module 3: The Diet-Cognitive Relationship; Neurodevelopment Through the Lifespan. In E. Lu (Ed.), NP 120 Part I: Microbes in our Gut: An Evolutionary Journey into the World of the Microbiota Gut-Brain Axis and the DMHR. https://www.nutritional-psychology.org/part-i-microbes-in-our-gut-an-evolutionary-journey-into-the-world-of-the-mgba-and-dmhr/
The information in this course is not meant to, nor should it ever be used, to treat, mitigate, or cure psychiatric illness. This information should never be used as a substitute for sound medical advice. This course is educational in nature and is designed to introduce professionals, students, and interested individuals in developing their understanding of the connection between diet and all aspects of psychological functioning and mental health. Best practices for how to integrate this information professionally, ethically, and within the standards of practice will be covered in upcoming courses. While this information can be incorporated into one's practice within an educational framework, it cannot be used to provide dietary advice, any form of dietary intervention, or to treat any psychological or mental health issues.
The CNP Library Membership is an excellent accompaniment to your coursework in nutritional psychology. This program allows you access to a fully searchable database consolidating links to research studies informing our understanding of the diet-mental health relationship (DMHR).
Designed with professionals and students in mind but available to everyone interested in NP, the CNP Library Membership provides access to:
Our dedicated CNP Contributors are continuously identifying, reviewing, cataloging, summarizing, and placing new studies into the library database. It forms the basis for all CNP-sponsored courses, including NP 110, and serves as an all-in-one tool for student work, professional projects, and personal development related to nutritional psychology.
By becoming a CNP Member, you contribute to the expansion of nutritional psychology, support your professional development in NP, and gain access to a truly unique resource. Click the "More Information" button below left to learn more, view FAQ and subscription options, and become a CNP Member today.
The Center for Nutritional Psychology (CNP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All proceeds from the CNP Library Membership, CNP-sponsored courses, any other paid programs, and donations go directly towards funding the continued development of education, advocacy, and resources within nutritional psychology.