Helen Battisti, Ph.D., R.D.N., C.D.N.

Assistant Professor, Director-Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
battisti@maryu.marywood.edu
570-348-6211 x 2235
Full Time

Classes Taught

  • ND/SNES 560 Biochemistry of Nutrition and Exercise
  • ND/SNES 549 Sports Nutrition
  • ND 505 Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • ND 520 Recent Trends in Normal Nutrition
  • ND 534 Private Practice in Nutrition, Exercise Science and Health Promotion
  • ND 575 Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Management
  • ND 494 Coordinating Seminar & Practice
  • ND 490 Theory Medical Nutrition Therapy II

Research

  • Principle Investigator – 2012 – Present

“Healthy as a Horse” is a pilot study examining the effect of an Equine Assisted Learning program’s ability to influence weight management in children ages 7 – 12 years of age. The program takes place in Binghamton, New York with participants and their families recruited from area medical offices.

  • Principle Investigator – 2010

Dissertation - “What is the Relationship between Increasing Body Weight and the Changes in Frequency of Falls, Number of Pressure Sores and Ability to Ambulate, Over the First Nine Months of Admission, among Newly Admitted Residents to Medicare and Medicaid Certified Long-Term Care Facilities in America in 2007?”

A quantitative study examining the effect of the change between initial weight and maximum weight, as well as initial Body Mass Index and maximum Body Mass Index on falls, pressure sores and locomotion, among newly admitted residents to Medicare and Medicaid certified long-term care facilities in California, Hawaii, Kentucky, Missouri and New York in 2007.

Presentations

  • 2014. Family Food- From the Farm to Your Table.  K. Tiderencel, B.S., H. Battisti, Ph.D., RD, CDN, J. Bueche, Ph.D., RD, CDN, M. Dadkhah, Ph.D., RD, CDN  - Annual New York State Dietetic Association Annual Conference.  April 2014
  • 2014. The Many Hats of Obesity. United Health Services 2014 Weight management & Chronic Disease Teaching Day.  March 20, 2014 Binghamton, New York. 
  • Avila Institute of Gerontology, Webinar.  November 2012.  Presenter.  “Maintaining Health and Energy Today and Beyond.”
  • NYS Senior Nutrition Conference, Binghamton, New York.  October 2012.  Speaker.  “Motivational Interviewing.”
  • Catholic Health Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  June 2012.  Pre-conference Presenter.  “The Body-mind Connection:  How Food and Nutrition Influence Behavior.”
  • Southern Tier Dietetics Association, Johnson City, New York.  March 2012.  Speaker.  “The body-mind Connection:  How Food and Nutrition Influence Behavior.”
  • Avila Institute of Gerontology, Dublin, Ireland.  March 2011.  Presenter/trainer.  “Improving Health to Reduce Health Care Costs.”
  • Annual Conference – Avila Institute of Gerontology.  Germantown, New York.  October 2010.  Keynote Speaker.  “Connecting Lives:  Building Wellness.”
  • National Convention - American Dietetic Association.  Denver, Colorado.  October, 2009.  Chosen as a presenter at the FNCE Innovations in Practice & Education session.  A criterion for selection was based on development of new programs to teach students/practitioners skills that will move them into future practice roles.
  • Spring Conference – Southeastern Region New York State PTA.  Endwell, New York.  May, 2009.  “Childhood Obesity – I’m not tall enough to be this fat.”
  • Annual Conference – Albany Guardian Society.  Latham, New York.  May, 2009.  “Your Attitude is Showing…A Program for Front-Line Workers.
  • National Conference - American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  October, 2008.  “Developing Strategies to Reduce Presenteeism.”
  • National Convention - American Dietetic Association.  St. Louis, Missouri.  October, 2005.  Accepted invitation to present. “Sustainable Nutrition and Activity Plan.  An Immersion Approach to Managing Childhood Obesity.”
  • State Conference - Georgia/South Carolina Association for Homes and Services for the Aging.  Annual Conference.  Closing Keynote.  April, 2005.  “Accepting the Challenge and Leading the Charge.”

Education

Dr. Battisti received her bachelor's degree from Binghamton University and her master's degree in Food and Nutrition from Marywood University. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development-Health Promotion from Marywood University.

Professional Memberships

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
New York State Dietetic Association
Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor - Marywood University, Scranton, PA
August 2013 - present
Coordinated Program Director - Marywood University, Scranton, PA
August 2013 - present
Consulting Registered Dietitian - Endwell Family Physicians, Endwell, New York  13760
June 1990 – present. 
Assistant Professor - SUNY Oneonta
August 2010 – August 2013

Professional Contributions

  • September 2013 – Present

Advisor – Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society

  • September 2012 – Present

Southern Tier Dietetic Association.  Serve as the Public Relations Chairperson.

  • September 2012 – Present  Delta Kappa Gamma – Beta Rho Chapter.  Serve on the Grants and Scholarships committee.
  • January 2002 – 2012

United Health Services (UHS)- Eating Disorder Clinic.  Served as the Registered Dietitian for the clinic.  Provide shadowing and nutrition screening experience for dietetic students from numerous universities, and for the medical students and physicians of the Residency Program at UHS.

Grants

  • March 2012 – February 2013

The Stanley L. & Theodora Feldberg Foundation - $10,000.00 grant to study childhood obesity in rural New York.  Principle Investigator.

  • March 2013 – December 2013

The Stanley L. & Theodora Feldberg Foundation - $5,000.00 grant to study childhood obesity in rural New York.  Principle Investigator.

  • March 2013 – December 2013

Mr. Burton and Dr. Barbara Stern – $1,000.00 grant to study childhood obesity in rural New York.  Principle Investigator.

  • March 2013 – December 2013

The Sumner and Ester Feldberg Foundation - $200.00 grant to study childhood obesity in rural New York.  Principle Investigator.

  • April, 2004 – December 2004

New York State Department of Health Nursing Home Quality Improvement Demonstration Grant awarded through the Vestal Nursing Center, Vestal, New York. Received a $35,000.00 grant to provided weight reduction and massage therapy to improve the recruitment and retention of staff.  The grant was administered from May, 2004 through December, 2004.