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Shelley Mesznik

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A. (Art, Education), Connecticut College, New London, cum laude
M.A. (Food and Nutrition), New York University 1983, Omicron Nu Honor Society

Scholarly Interests

Nutrition Counseling and DSMT/E (diabetes self management training/education) 

Selected Publications

Mesznik, Shelley, “How Does Stress Affect Glycemic Control?,” On the Cutting Edge, 2004, Vol. 25, 2:22-24

Maurer, Lois and Mesznik, Shelley, “Counseling Strategies to Promote Behavior Change,” On the Cutting Edge, 2005, Vol. 26, 2:17-21

biographical information

Shelley Mesznik has been a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator in private practice for over 20 years counseling adults, teens and children. She has taught nutrition counseling skills at workshops and then at Teachers College for over 25 years.
She is an active member of the American Association for Diabetes Educators, serving as President of the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the AADE, as co-chair for all four Northeast Regional Diabetes Educator Conferences, and on the national AADE Professional Development Committee where she developed their online continuing education program called, Facilitating Behavior Change. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics EAL Expert Panel for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes. She has presented at FNCE and other conferences on the findings of the panel. She has been a speaker at numerous workshops for dietitians and diabetes educators in the New York City area including GNYDA, WRDA, VNSNY, and the AHA.

HBSV 5036: Nutrition counseling

This course focuses on providing students an understanding of client-centered counseling models and practicing a variety of essential skills: nonverbal, active listening, goal assessment, motivational interviewing, and group counseling. Special fee: $10.