Meet the Faculty

Dr. Suzanne Neubauer, PhD, RD, CNSC

Coordinator and Advisor, Professor

BS, Immaculata College; MS, Pennsylvania State University; PhD, University of Connecticut


Dr. Suzanne Neubauer is a Professor of Food and Nutrition, Coordinator and Advisor to both the Master of Science Coordinated Program in Dietetics and the Master of Science in Nutrition Science  at Framingham State University, Massachusetts.  Dr. Neubauer has been teaching Medical Nutrition Therapy and supervising students in their clinical nutrition practicum for over 30 years.  The Coordinated Program provides excellent opportunities for an exchange of information between practice and textbook.   She especially enjoys working with students to submit their literature research for publication and/or poster presentations at local dietetic association meetings.  A Framingham State University/MAND initiative has been the "MNT FYI"-an evening with FSU students dedicated to bringing the latest information in selected Medical Nutrition Therapy topics held each spring.

Jerusha Nelson-Peterman, PhD, RD

Chair and Associate Professor

BS, Brigham Young; MS, and Dietetic Internship, University of Utah; PhD, Tufts University


Educational background: PhD, Tufts University (Food Policy and Applied Nutrition); MS and Dietetic Internship, University of Utah (Foods and Nutrition); BS Brigham Young University (Molecular Biology)
Teaching areas: Community Nutrition, Experimental Study of Foods; Research Methods in Nutrition Education
Areas of specialty: Refugee nutrition and health, food security, culture and food, experimental food preparation

Melanie Connolly

Visiting Lecturer

BSc, in Biochemistry (Dietetics) from Memorial University of Newfoundland; MSc, in Applied Human Nutrition from University of Guelph


Educational background: MSc in Applied Human Nutrition from University of Guelph, BSc in Biochemistry (Dietetics) from Memorial University of Newfoundland

Teaching areas: Pediatric Nutrition

Areas of interest: Pediatric nutrition, metabolism, medical nutrition therapy, nutrition support


Dr. Michael Crosier, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, School of Public Health and Health Science; MS, and PhD, Tufts University


Dr. Crosier teaches a variety of courses in the Master of Science in Food and Nutrition with a Concentration in Coordinated Program in Dietetics. His areas of specialty include Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition.

Andrea Gorman

Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition; Director Coordinated Program in Dietetics

BS, University of Rhode Island; MS, University of New Haven; PhD, Boston University School of Medicine


Dr. Gorman teaches a variety of courses with food, culture, and society.  She specializes in health literacy, nutrition support and intervention, overweight/obesity co-morbidity issues.

Dr. Megan Lehnerd, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor

BS, The George Washington University; MS, Tufts University; PhD, Tufts University


Dr. Lehnerd teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at the University. Her areas of specialty include sociocultural aspects of food, community nutrition, and agriculture/food systems.