Announcing! DIFM Research Fellow

February 21, 2017


In a follow-up to the 2015 publication, “Integrative Medicine: Education, Perceived Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice among Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Members,” DIFM and DPBRN have teamed up again to study the critical thinking skills and processes that proficient and experienced Integrative Medicine (IM) RDNs use in providing patient care.

This collaborative project seeks to understand the practice roles, service delivery models, reimbursement, practice facilitators and challenges unique to integrative medicine RDNs. Together, we aim to produce a decision-making framework that could guide novice IM RDNs to help weigh evidence and provide the best patient care through shared decision-making, safety and risk management.

To assist in the completion of this project, DIFM has selected a one-year fellow, Emily Goodman MS, RD, LD, to work with DIFM workgroup members and the Director of DPBRN, Rosa Hand MS, RD, LD.


About Emily:

Emily’s passion for natural sciences brought her from her hometown New Hartford, NY to Emory University in Atlanta, GA where in 2012 she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. While engaging in rare-disease research at Emory, Emily was astonished by the complete absence of nutrition as an element in any course of disease treatment, inspiring Emily to pursue a career in dietetics. In 2016, Emily graduated with honors from the Master’s degree Coordinated Program at Georgia State University. At Georgia State, she was a research assistant for Dr. Dan Benardot and worked with players from NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Georgia State University athletes. She developed a keen interest in functional foods and nutrients and their ability to improve athletic performance and overall well-being. Exploring this further, Emily completed her Master’s thesis, “The Relationship between Sun Exposure, Diet and Muscle Soreness in Collegiate Football Players.” Emily currently lives in Austin, TX, where she enjoys tacos, Longhorn football games, and the company of her cat, Fig.