Rosa A. Mo, Ed.D., R.D.

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Chair, Nutrition Sciences Department

Nutrition Sciences Department
School of Health Sciences

Ed.D. in Health Education, Columbia University, Dissertation: “Description and Correlates of the Availability of Low Fat Foods in Bodegas in Northern Manhattan.”
M.S. in Nutrition Education, Columbia University
Dietetic Internship, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Passed the national registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian (RD)
B.S. in Foods and Nutrition, Magna Cum Laude College of the Holy Spirit, Manila, Philippines

About Rosa

My passion within Nutrition and Dietetics is in three areas …world food culture, clinical dietetics, and nutritional genomics. I take experiential learning seriously in my course Food, Nutrition, and Culture. Every year my students experience a new culture. We have travelled to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong studying the northern, eastern, western, and southern cuisines of China. I also strive to have my students bond with other students and so we have travelled to Barcelona and Madrid while still emphasizing the food and culture of Spain. Next year we will be traveling to Berlin and Prague.

I am very enthusiastic about the pathophysiology of lifestyle diseases and how dietary intervention based on knowledge of nutritional requirements can prevent, mitigate, or cure chronic diseases. But then I ask myself, why is it that some diets can work for others while having absolutely no effect on others despite compliance of patients, clients, and participants. The answer may lie in the individual’s genetic makeup. That brings me to my third passion, nutritional genomics. To meet the challenge of discovering the path to nutrigenomics my students and I have had intermittent excursions into such diverse disciplines as genetics, molecular biology, epidemiology, biochemistry, medicine, and ethical implications. The wave of the future is to study how foods affect genetic expression and how the individual’s genetic makeup responds to the nutrients in food and my students are studying these now.

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Honors and Awards

Award for Distinguished Achievements. College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Foundation, Manila, Philippines (2006)

College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s  scholarship. University of New Haven. Scholarship to study the Public Health Care in China (2005)

C. Everett Koop Award for excellence in healthcare innovation (1997)

C. Everett Koop Award for excellence in health promotion (1996)

American Dietetic Association Award, Connecticut Dietitian of the Year (1990)

Research and Professional Grants

2007-2008 - Total Quality Program to incorporate nutrition curriculum to the New Haven and West Haven Grade 2   school systems. United States Department of Education.

2005-2006 - Dean of Arts and Sciences Grant to study the Health Care Delivery System in China.

1999-2004 - $500,000 grant award to revitalize nutrition education for WIC (Women, Infants and Children) in Connecticut. United States Department of Agriculture.

Selected Professional Presentations

"The Evolution of an Online Course: From Crawling, to Walking, to Almost Running.” University of New Haven Faculty Seminar, November 15, 2011.

“Working as a High Performance Team.” Massachusetts WIC Regional Meeting, Worcester, MA. April  28, 2011.

“Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment: The Power of Customer Service,”  “Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment: WIC Teams that WOW Participants,” “Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment: Coaching for Results,”
Missouri State WIC Conference, Jefferson City, MO. October 26, 2010.               

“Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment-Cultural Competency.” Maryland State WIC Conference.  March 25, 2010.

“Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment: Diversity without Adversity.” Arkansas WIC Regional Multicultural Meeting, Forrest City and Monticello, AR. September 24-25, 2009.

“Building Rapport,“ “Cultural Competency,” and “Critical Thinking.” Ohio State WIC Conference
Columbus, Ohio. April 14-17, 2008.

“Cultural Encounters of the Best Kind.” Connecticut Dietetic Association Fall State Meeting, Farmington, CT. October, 2005.

“Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment.” National Nutrition and Breastfeeding Conference. Phoenix, AZ. September 2005

“Diabetes and the Obesity Crisis,” First Annual Health Symposium, University of New Haven. March 2005.

“Customer Service USDA Grant.” WIC Annual Directors' Meeting, Anaheim, CA. June 2004.


2010 - Chapter 11 “Filipino American Food Practices.”  In Cultural Food Practices. ed. by C. Goody and L. Drago. pp.132 – 143. American Dietetic Association.

1996 - Fear of Frying, Sensible Approach to Quick & Easy, Healthy, Low-Fat Eating for the Busy Family, Chronimed Publishing.

1995 - Brand-Name Guide to Low-Fat and Fat-Free Foods: A Comprehensive Listing of More Than 1000 Packaged Low-Fat and Fat-Free Foods, Chronimed Publishing.

1992 - Let Them Eat Cake, Low-fat and Low-Cholesterol Dessert Recipes, Chronimed Publishing.

Service to the Profession and the Community

Served on the Board of Directors of the following nonprofit organizations

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, New Haven, Connecticut (2010-)
  • Stratford, CT  Public School System Nutrition Curriculum Committee (2007-2009)
  • Easton Public Library, Easton, Connecticut (2002 – 2004)
  • Alpha Home, Bridgeport, Connecticut (2000 – 2002)

Connecticut Dietetic Association

  • Chair, Nominating Committee (2010-2011)
  • President (1989)
  • Fluency in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines and 2 Filipino dialects (US citizen)
  • Conversational Spanish
  • Studying elementary Italian
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