Kelly Quinn
Kelly Quinn
Division of Nutritional Sciences


Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Marywood University, Scranton, where she also completed their Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics. She received a master’s degree in Nutrition Science from Northern Illinois University and has enjoyed various roles as a registered dietitian over the past 3 decades working in New York, Massachusetts, and Illinois. Kelly’s experience spans from an early concentration in clinical dietetics, with a specialty in nutrition support, which shifted to community dietetics in the past 15 years.  Prior to joining the Dietetics team at Cornell, she oversaw the nutrition program for Tompkins County's Meals on Wheels (Foodnet) for nearly 5 years. She has served on the board of local district dietetics organizations in the western Chicago suburbs and is currently president of the Southern Tier Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a regional co-coordinator for New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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2023 - 2024 Available

I am passionate about working with future generations of  registered dietitians as an instructor, and with future health care professionals as an advisor.

 I am educated and trained as a registered dietitian and draw on my 30+ years as a practitioner to inform my teaching. 

It is a privilege to teach and contribute to the development of future leaders in the field.  I attempt to instill enthusiasm, respect for one another, and a sense of community in order to promote an environment where students enjoy learning. 



NS 6250: Community Nutrition in Action

NS 2470: Nutrition for Contemporary Living

NS 4250: Nutrition Counseling and Communication


  • ·New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Regional Co-Coordinator (2023)
  • ·Southern Tier Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President (2023), President-Elect (2022); Secretary (2019-22), Nomination Chair (2017-19)
  • ·New York Aging Services Dietetics Chair (2019-21)
  • ·New York Aging Services Program Co-Chair (2019) and Committee Member (2018)
  • ·West Suburban Dietetics Association: Secretary (2000), Treasurer (2002)

Kelly Quinn was a recipient of College of Human Ecology’s  Community Engaged Learning Grant in 2022.

She fosters connections with many community partners for her students to leverage CEL funds to provide a variety of nutrition education in supervised fieldwork, NS 4250 and NS 6250.

Community partners have included: Cornell Cooperative Extension (Wayne, Tompkins and Seneca Counties), O'Brien Lab, Southern Tier Dietetics Association, Kelly's Choice, 7 Valley's Health Coalition, Headwater, Foodnet Meals on Wheels, BOCES of Broome/Tioga Counties, Onondaga County Office of Aging and Cornell Big Red Fueling Station and Cornell Dining.

1990, Bachelor of Science, DIetetics, Marywood University

1996, Masters of Science, Nutrition, Northern Illinois University

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