Lecturer & Director of Didactic program in Dietetics
114 Savage Hall
Ithaca, New York
Division of Nutritional Sciences


Pamela Weisberg-Shapiro completed her BS in Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University.  She then went on to complete her Dietetic Internship at SUNY Stony Brook and her Masters in Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory Univeristy.  After working for several years in nutrition research and education, Pamela returned to Cornell ompleted her doctorate in Nutritional Sciences. Pamela now serves as the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, the Didactic Program in Dietetics Director and a lecturer in the Division of Nutriitonal Sciences.  

I am currently involved in two community engaged research projects working with undergraduate students.

My first project is an evaluation of a school based nutrition program, specifically the translation of nutrition education into home behaviors, funding by an Engaged Cornell Grant.  I mentored students through the process of conducting qualitative interviews.  We are in the process of analyzing interviews and working with the school to improve program implementation.

My second project is assessing the impact of a food pantry at a free health clinic.  I am working with the clilnic to create a sustainable model for the food pantry and mentoring students through the process of conducting qualitative research.  

Weisberg-Shapiro P, Devine C.  “Because we missed the way that we eat in the middle of the day”: Dietary acculturation and food routines among Dominican women.  Appetite 2015; 95 (1):  293-302. 


Cogswell M, Weisberg P, Spong C.  Cigarette Smoking, Alcohol Use and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: Implications for Micronutrient Supplementation.  The Journal of Nutrition 2003; 133: 1722S-1731S.


Weisberg P, Scanlon K, Ruowei L, Cogswell M.  Nutritional Rickets Among Children in the United States: A review of cases reported between 1986 and 2003.  American Journal of Clincial Nutrition 2004; 80 (suppl): 1697S-1705S.

Southern Tier Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: President Elect

Engaged Cornell:  Research mentor

Ithaca Health Alliance: Volunteer Registered Dietian

                                     Chronic care team member

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Member

I am involved in several organizations that address nutrition and health disparities.  

Ithaca Health Alliance:  I am part of a team of health professionals who manage patients with chronic conditions.  I work with patients on an individual basis and I work with the clinic to help improve access to health and nutrition services.

Newfield School District: I am working with the school to address issues related to food security and nutrition literacy.  

As educators in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, we are shaping future health care professionals.  I strive to promote equity and inclusion and critical thinking skills.  

I promote equity and inclusion by creating an inclusive environment and addressing difficult social issues as they relate to health and nutrition.  

I work to help students develop critical thinking skills by including active learning experiences to facilitate this learning process.

I have found that each class has a unique personality. For this reason, I take a responsive teaching approach.  Although I have a syllabus and plan for the semester, I respond to the classes needs by altering lectures and assignments.  I find that this is the best way to meet the needs of the class as a whole.

NS 1220: Nutrition through the Lifecycle

NS 2470:  Food for Contemporary Living



PhD 2015 - Cornell University, Major: Community Nutrition
MPH 2002 – Emory University, Major: Global Health 
RD 2000 - SUNY Stony Brook Hospital
BS 1999 – Cornell University, Major: Nutrition

I am currently working as the Didactic Program in Dietetic Director and the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies.

In the role of DPD director, I answer questions related to the DPD program; I manage the database of pre-DPD students and ensure students have access to required classes; I monitor program outcomes based on student performance in class, acceptance to internship, pass rates for the RD exam and alumni satisfaction; I provide support for students applying to dietetic internships.

In the role of AD of GS, I answer questions related to the MS program, recruit students, with an emphasis on underrepresented minorities, monitor student progress and work with director to develop policies for the MS program.