Debra A. Boutin, MS, RDN

I am thrilled to be the Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science. Our programs are developed to match the passion you have for whole foods nutrition! I am here to help you decide which of our programs is the best fit for you and your career goals. Contact me at I look forward to our communication! 

Debra A. Boutin, MS, RDN, CD
Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science

Current Roles

  • Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science


  • BS in dietetics from Bowling Green State University, OH in 1988
  • MS in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University, OH in 1990

Past Experience

Debra’s career as a registered dietitian and nutrition educator has spanned community health, contract food service and clinical nutrition. She has worked with children and families, with elders and retirement communities, and has provided nutrition services to detention facilities, schools and recovery programs. She has consulted in private practice, and has served as a regional manager supervising twenty five dietitians across five states. Having been advised by a mentor professor to first gain practice in the nutrition field before pursuing a teaching career in order to be a more effective clinical teacher, Debra proudly brings a breadth of experiences to her academic career.

Classes Taught

Debra previously taught Nutrition Assessment and Therapy I and II and Nutrition and Aging. She continues to teach the seminar classes held for the dietetic interns.


Debra has strong interests in the relationship between food, lifestyle and health. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and sharing good food with others.


Debra believes in a whole-food approach to nutrition. Her teaching philosophy focuses on creating a learning environment in which students are enthusiastically supported to reach their fullest potential. Her mission is to support the development of extraordinary nutrition and exercise science professionals.

Portrait of Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD
Debra A. Boutin MS, RDN, CD