Prior to retiring in 2019, I was the Program Leader for Cornell NutritionWorks, an online professional development program for nutrition and health practitioners. As Program Leader I oversaw the content and structure of the website, plus developed marketing and evaluation strategies. For 38 years I was responsible for interpreting and communicating research-based information on food and nutrition issues to extension educators, other professionals, consumers, and the media.
My most recent interests focused on providing continuing professional education to practitioners worldwide using distance technology, primarily in two areas: 1) using policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) approaches to promote healthy eating and physical activity, and 2) maternal nutrition and infant and young child feeding. More information on how to access online courses on these topics currently available can be found on Cornell NutritionWorks.
Stark CM, Garner CD, Garg A, Bégin F. Building capacity of health professionals in low- and middle-income countries through online continuing professional development in nutrition. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2021;41:63-69.
Hill TF, Stark CM, Sellers DE, Dollahite JS. Training needs of nutrition educators engaged in policy, systems and environmental approaches. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2020;52:1131-1138.
Hill TF, Stark CM, Wakoff Z, Scott-Pierce M, Dollahite J. Making the healthy choice the easy choice: Online training in policy, systems and environmental approaches. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2020;52:1166-1170.
Stark C. Guidelines for food and nutrient intake. In: Stipanuk M, Caudill M, eds. Biochemical, Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition. 4th edition. St Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders; 2018.
Stark C, Devine C, Dollahite J. Characteristics associated with the application of an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity. Public Health Nutr. 2017; 20:174-182.
Stark C, Hill T, Dollahite J. What we mean by policy, systems and environmental changes: A nationwide training for SNAP-Ed and EFNEP professionals. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016;48:S146.(abstract)
Stark C, Devine C, Dollahite J. Factors that enhance application of an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015;47:S97.(abstract)
Stark C, Pope J. Massive open online courses: How registered dietitians use MOOCs for nutrition education. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014;114:1147-1155.
Stark C, Devine C, Dollahite J. Factors affecting application of an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014;46:S200-201.(abstract)
Dembicki D, Arabi M, Stark C. Modules, MOOCs and more: Increasing capacity and impact in nutrition worldwide through online learning. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014;46:S127-128. (abstract)
Stark C, Adams-Bass V, Devine C, Dollahite J. Building the capability of extension professionals to apply an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity in their communities. J. Nutr Educ Behav. 2013;45:S89. (abstract)
Stark C, Adams V, Devine C, Dollahite J. Building the capability of extension professionals to apply an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity in their communities. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012;44:S91. (abstract)
Stark C, Graham-Kiefer M, Devine C, Dollahite J, Olson C. Online course increases nutrition professionals' knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in using an ecological approach to prevent childhood obesity. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2011;43:316-322.
Cornell NutritionWorks is an accredited provider of continuing professional education for nutrition, health and other community practitioners. The program was developed in response to research identifying professional development needs of community nutrition practitioners. Cornell NutritionWorks is distance technology that provides a variety of continuing education opportunities for the target audience.
Cornell NutritionWorks programs are offered through the eCornell online platform. These are 1) a 6-module course Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice: An Introduction to Policy, Systems, and Environmental Approaches to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, and 2) a 5-module course Maternal and Infant Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days.
In addition, a 14-module training course, Programming for Infant and Young Child Feeding, developed in collaboration with UNICEF and target nutrition and health professionals globally, is now available on UNICEF's learning platform.
1996 CDN, Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, New York State
1981 RD, Registered Dietitian, American Dietetic Association
1980 MS, Oregon State University, Foods and Nutrition
1976 BS, University of California at Davis, Consumer Food Science