Setting the Standard for Nutrition in Behavioral Health Care

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Providing information and resources for Nutrition Professionals active in the areas of eating disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, addictions, and mental health. Behavioral Health Nutrition (BHN) is a Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


BHN Member Spotlight

BHN is proud of its members!
Currently our spotlight shines on:


Siobhan Walsh, MBA, MS, RD

Current Position

Director of Food and Nutrition Services at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute

How long have you been a RDN?

15 years

How long have you been in the Behavior Health Nutrition area?

2 years

Why did you join BHN?

I joined BHN so I can network and learn from others in this new area of practice for me.

How has BHN helped you professionally?

The webinars offered through BHN have been helpful.  The information has been timely and I have applied what I have learned from the expertise of the presenters right away.

What do you think other RD’s should know about BHN?

BHN hosted a luncheon at FNCE that was a great way to connect with other members in person. We enjoyed a delicious lunch, a rejuvenating yoga class and recognized some outstanding RDs in the group. I was also fortunate to receive a copy of Rebecca Scritchfield’s book, “Body Kindness”.  This event was a great introduction to the BHN family.

A little about me

I graduated with my BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University.  En route to my dietetic internship I became a Certified Teacher of Yoga from the Sivananda School of Yoga in Grass Valley, California. After my dietetic internship I began my career in San Antonio, Texas and graduated with a MS in Nutrition from the University of the Incarnate Word.  I have enjoyed a variety of practice settings; hospitals, long-term care communities, home health, freelance, and fitness centers.  Most recently I moved to Alexandria, VA where I began work within the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services at a mental health hospital in Northern Virginia.  My dietetics career continues to be a pleasure, a passion and a gift, especially my role as a dietetic preceptor.


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