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Faculty and Staff

Laura McKnight

Laura McKnight, MPH, RD, LD

Clinical Associate Professor

Office: Garrison Hall 620

(208) 282-2961

MPH, 1999, Idaho State University
BS, 1986, Idaho State University

I am an Idaho native and feel very fortunate to be able to live and work in this beautiful state.  Creating positive learning experiences for students is my highest priority. 

Teaching Areas:
Quantity Foods, Foodservice Systems Management and Community Nutrition

Research Interests:
Dietitians in foodservice management, dietetics education, service learning

Cynthia Blanton, PhD, RD,LD


Office: Garrison Hall 619

(208) 282-3953

PhD (Nutrition), University of California - Davis
BS (Dietetics), California State University - Northridge

Teaching Areas:
Nutritional Biochemistry

Research Interests:
Iron status and cognition; Neurochemical control of food intake; Assessment of dietary intake and physical activity

Charlene Byington, MEd, RDN, LD

Director, Dietetic Internship/Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Garrison Hall, room 602

(208) - 282 - 3091

Ruth Schneider

Ruth Schneider, MPH, RDN, LD

Dietetic Internship Clinical Coordinator

Office: ISU-Meridian Health Science Center 1311 East Central Drive Meridian, Idaho 83642

(208) 373-1729

MPH (Nutrition), University of California - Berkeley
Dietetic Internship, Barnes Hospital, St Louis, Missouri
BS (Food and Nutrition), University of Idaho

Ruth is a native of Idaho and has lived in Boise for over 35 years.  She is active in the local and state dietetic associations, and has been president of both. She is currently the Delegate from Idaho to the House of Delegates of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, serving her second term.  Ruth was also the first chair of the licensure board for dietetics in Idaho. 

In 2013, Ruth was named the Outstanding Educator for Dietetic Internships for Area One.

Her hobbies include gardening and cooking, skiing, mountain bike riding, backpacking, river rafting, and traveling.

Teaching Areas
Public Health, Non-diet Approach, Childhood feeding issues, Hunger, nutrition-focused phyical assessment.

Research Interests
Health at Every Size Approach, feeding and advocating for the homeless and low income (food security).

Allisha Weeden, PhD, RD,LD

Associate Professor

Office: Garrison Hall 604


PhD, 2008, Kansas State University
MS, 2004, University of Kansas Medical Center
BS, 2002, Kansas State University

Mary Dundas, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Tracie Chandler

Tracie Chandler, MHE

Administrative Assistant 1

Office: Garrison Hall, room 603

(208) 282-5719

Tracie is the person who greets you when you stop by the Dietetics Program offices (Located in Garrison Hall on the 6th floor) and/or when you call us. Tracie graduated from ISU with a Bachelors degree in Speech Communication and Rhetorical Studies and a Master of Health Education degree.

Dietetic Programs

(208) 282-5719

(208) 282-3937

Garrison 603 (physical address)

921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8117 (mailing address)

Idaho State University Pocatello, ID 83209-8117

Accredited By

ACEND: Accreditation Council For Education in Nutrition and Dietetics with in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics



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