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School of Community Health & Policy

Joycelyn Peterson

Dr. Joycelyn Peterson

Associate Professor, Director of Nutritional Sciences, School of Community Health & Policy

Office: Jenkins 300
Phone: 443-885-4043


Dr.PH in Preventive Care with an emphasis in nutrition,
School of Public Health Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, 2009.

Postgraduate Studies/Nutrition School of Public Health;
John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1988

Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition, & Education;
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, 1981

Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition, Major in Nutrition &Dietetics,
Minor in Religion Oakwood College, Huntsville, Alabama, 1976

Associate Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics;
New York Institute of Dietetics and Culinary Arts, New York, 1972

Joycelyn A.M. Peterson, (Dr. Joy) is a registered dietitian, presently professor and Director of Nutritional Sciences Program at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. Previously chair of Nutrition and Dietetics, Department and Dietetic Internship Director at Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama and was Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at University of the Southern Caribbean (USC), Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies for over 5years.

Her professional experience includes nutrition consultant, nutrition educator, public health speaker and in-service trainer for hospital staff and community agencies, program planner for international and state-wide public health nutrition initiatives, teaching and conducting research at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Grant writer receiving over $2 million from private funding. She is founder/director of the Vegetarian Institute of Nutrition and Culinary Arts (nonprofit) and Dimensions in Food and Nutrition, Inc. (for profit). She is a contributing writer for newspapers and health magazines and has also published three books and many articles.

Dr. Peterson completed Nutrition and Dietetics degrees at New York Institute of Dietetics (A.S.), Oakwood University, B.S., Loma Linda University (M.P.H., Dr. P.H.), and Johns Hopkins University (post-master's studies in international nutrition). Joy recently had her dissertation for her doctoral thesis published in the Annuals of Nutrition Metabolism, August, 2011. She continues to conduct nutrition, health, and vegetarian cooking seminars internationally. Her long-term goal is to provide dietetic and nutrition research and leadership training where ever God leads.


2018- "Joy of Living Plant-Based Cuisine", Cook Book , Cooking Lab Instructional text

2011- "The Effects of California Mission Figs on Hyperlipidemic Adults in San
           Bernardino, California published in the Annuals of Nutrition Metabolism.

2011 - "Is there A Doctor in the Kitchen", seminar and cooking series, Los Angeles, CA.

2010 - The Benefits of the Vegetarian Diet, Daily Express Newspaper, Port of Spain, Trinidad

2009 - Its All Good International Cookbook, Review & Herald publishing Co
           Coauthored for Message Magazine

2006 - "Joy of Living Vegan Cuisine", Cook Book 4th Edition 2006


2014-2016: Grant writer for PBH grant, recipient of $5,000. Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama., Training 30 Dietetic interns how to teach individuals in their community to shop for fruits and vegetables.

2005-2009: Grant writer for Doctoral Dissertation research, Loma Linda, University, Loma Linda California. Recipient of $250,000. California Fig Board, Fresno, California. Published in the Journal of Nutrition Metabolism, August, 2011.

2000-2008: Co-grant writer, recipient of $100,000. Knott's Family Agency, San Bernardino, California. Nutrition Consultant for out of home placement of pregnant and parenting adolescents and their infants and toddlers.

1991-1995: $30 million funded nationwide. Nutrition Interventionist for Johns Hopkins University Epidemiology, Department School of Public Health & Hygiene, Baltimore, MD. Interventional dietitian and nutritionist in a 5-year nationwide nutrition research project for the Trials of Hypertension Prevention (TOHP) program funded by NIH