RECORDED WEBINAR: Mind, Body, Behavior: Where We Have Been, Where We Are Now, Where We Are Going




BHN Recorded Webinar

Mind, Body, Behavior:

Where We Have Been, Where We Are Now, Where We Are Going

Recorded:  Friday, February 9, 2018

CPEU Certificate Expires 2/9/2021

BHN Member:  $10
Non-Member: $25

Presented By:

Ruth Leyse-Wallace




Significant changes since the early 20th century have altered the understanding of mental illness and how nutrients affect mental status.  Contribution of scientists to identify nutrients, define stress, illustrate the psychological effects of starvation, determine the effect of nutrients on the human genome & investigate a bi-directional communication between the gut and the brain have resulted in an explosion of knowledge in these areas.  RDNs and others will be integrating this knowledge into the future prevention and treatment of mental illness.


1. Describe pivotal events through time in the treatment of individuals suffering from mental illness
2. Describe ideas advanced in the past 100 years which have changed how mental health is viewed and understood.
3. Describe aspects of nutritional assessment and treatment that will be addressed in the future by RDNs who practice in Behavioral Health.

 CPE level:  2

Learning Needs:

3000 Nutrition Assessment and Diagnosis – 3060, 3070, 3090
5000 Medical Nutrition Therapy – 5040, 5299, 5320
6000 Education, Training, and Counseling – 6010, 6020

Suggested Performance Indicators:

4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based research and literature in decision making.
4.1.5 Recognizes situations where services provided to a customer should be adjusted, limited, modified or discontinued.
4.2.6 Analyzes and synthesizes information and identifies new information, patterns and findings.
4.2.7 Integrates relevant information with previous learning, experience, professional knowledge, and current practice models.
6.1.2 Formulates a clear understanding of the nature of problems or need for improvement to achieve desired outcome.
6.2.5 Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery, and health and nutrition of customers.
9.1.3 Identifies and analyzes factors that influence behavioral change.
9.1.5 Assesses, evaluates and applies educational theories.
9.4.4 Adjusts education plan to meet the needs of the individual, group and population
9.6.1 Determines and applies counseling theories, psychological methods and strategies that empower customers to make changes.
10.2.9 In collaboration with the client and interdisciplinary team (including NDTRs), selects and implements current and evidence-based nutrition interventions and patient education.
10.4.2 Applies knowledge of pharmacotherapy and its effect on nutrient absorption, utilization and metabolism when developing and/or revising the plan of care

Speaker Biography:

My internship class at the University of Kansas tested the first registration examination and was the first class to graduate as “Registered Dietitians”. I practiced clinical dietetics with a MS, RD credential in full-service psychiatric hospitals for 20 years, then returned to the doctoral program at the University of Arizona to study under Mary Ann Kight, RD, PhD. At that time (1990’s) conducting nutritional physical examinations was new for dietitians.  I was excited to put this knowledge into use as a part-time dietitian in an out-patient clinic during graduate school. I was amazed at how often nutrition issues are observed.

After graduation I moved to San Diego, practiced part-time and served as an adjunct faculty member at Mesa Community College. Through all these years I collected clippings and journal articles about how nutrients affect mental health but I couldn’t see whether or how it was being applied to patient care.  I retired and started gathering the literature from a growing number of journals and scientists reporting research on how nutritional status and nutrients affect mental health and the brain, publishing two books on the subject. As interest and methodology developed over the years, the number of publications has grown exponentially.  It is extremely gratifying to have been a part of this movement and to share this work at conferences and through writing. I am most interested to see what RDNs will add to this body of knowledge.

CEU Expires: 02/09/2021