Diane Helsel

Diane Helsel, PhD, RD, CSSD

Diane Helsel
School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences
Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science

Current Roles

Diane Helsel is a core faculty member and associate professor in the Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science. 


  • BS in clinical dietetics and nutrition from University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

    • Dietetic internship at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
  • MS in food and nutrition from Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • PhD in exercise physiology from University of Pittsburgh in 2005

Past Experience

Dr. Helsel was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh for more than a decade. While there, she collaborated in research that focused on behavior change for weight loss and management. Dr. Helsel has been the recipient of the following awards: Pennsylvania Dietetic Association’s Outstanding Dietetics Educator and Area 6 Dietetic Educators of Practitioners Outstanding Dietetics Educator. Prior to academia, Dr. Helsel worked as a registered dietitian in clinical and community nutrition and nutrition consultation.

Classes Taught

Dr. Helsel teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Her courses include Introduction to Food Science, Experimental Foods Lecture/Lab, Food Science Lecture/Lab, Nutritional Supplements and Herbs, and Nutritional Counseling.


Dr. Helsel's professional interests include nutrition counseling for behavior change, behavioral weight management, and food science. She is a registered dietitian and holds the following certifications: Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor(SM) Certified.


Dr. Helsel is a proponent of active learning and uses a variety of methods to encourage cooperative and collaborative participation in the classroom. She strives to enhance learner outcomes using a positive delivery approach.

Diane Helsel, PhD, RD, CSSD
Diane Helsel, PhD, RD, CSSD
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