Academic Faculty

Melissa Wdowik, Ph.D., R.D.N.

Melissa Wdowik, Ph.D., R.D.

Assistant Professor

108 Gifford Building | (970) 491-1062 |

Personal Statement:

As a registered dietitian for over 20 years, I have a wealth of practical experience in clinical, community, and sports nutrition with audiences of all backgrounds and ages. This has given me skills as a practitioner that allows me to both teach and mentor students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It also allows me to bring an applied and realistic knowledge to research studies. I have been actively involved in a number of research projects with experience in program development, assessment, written and verbal communication, HIPAA guidelines, and interaction with community partners. Current interests include design, implementation, and evaluation of community and nutrition educational programs; health promotion and disease prevention; translation of health research into practice; health behavior; and hunger and satiety.


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Colorado State University; Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
    Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Master of Science
    Texas Woman's University; Department of Nutrition
    Denton, Texas
  • Dietetics Internship
    University of Texas SW Medical Center
    Dallas, Texas
  • Bachelor of Science
    University of Illinois; Department of Biology, Graduation with Distinction
    Champaign-Urbana, Illinois


  • 2012-present Assistant Professor and Director of Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center
    Department of Food Service and Human Nutrition
    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO
  • 2006-2012 Research Associate, Lecturer and Director of Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center
    Department of Food Service and Human Nutrition
    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO
  • 2000-2006 Lecturer
    Department of Kinesiology, Department of Health Promotion, and
    Department of Adult Health Nursing (joint appointment)
    The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2000-2006 Nutrition Consultant
    UNC Charlotte Athletics & Hendrick Motorsports
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1999-2000 Private Practice
    Diabetes Programs and Individual Counseling
    Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1998 Lecturer
    Department of Nutrition and Community Health
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, Colorado
  • 1993-1998 Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 1993-1998 College Health Dietitian: Athletics and Student Health Services
    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 1992 - 1993 Diabetes Dietitian, Diabetes Management Center
    Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital
    Denver, Colorado
  • 1990 - 1992 Diabetes Dietitian, Diabetes Treatment Center
    Parkland Memorial Hospital
    Dallas, Texas


  • Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award, Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, April 2014
  • Educator of the Year Award, Colorado Dietetic Association, 2014
  • Best Teacher Award, Colorado State University Alumni Association, 2010
  • Dietitian of the Year, Nomination, Northern Colorado Dietetic Association, 2008, 2009

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications:

  • Sheflin AM, Borresen EC, Wdowik MJ, Rao S, Brown RJ, Heuberger AL, Broeckling CD, Weir TL, Ryan EP. Pilot Dietary Intervention with Heat-Stabilized Rice Bran Modulates Stool Microbiota and Metabolites in Healthy Adults. Nutrients 2015; 7(2), 1282-1300.
  • Borresen EC, Gundlach KA, Wdowik M, Rao S, Brown RJ, Ryan EP. Feasibility of Increased Navy Bean Powder Consumption for Primary and Secondary Colorectal Cancer Prevention. Current Nutrition & Food Science 2014; 10(2):112-119.