Linking Mental Health to Nutrients and Nutritional Status
CPEU Certificate Has Expired
Ruth Leyse-Wallace PhD, RD, BHN Resource Person for Mental Health
Consolidate your thinking about how nutrients affect mental health and how to include this area of knowledge in your clinical practice. Mental status is more than a diagnosis of a mental illness; nutrition affects a variety of conditions up and down the continuum of mental health and wellness.
I. Participants will be able to describe 5 nutritional factors that affect mental status and have resources regarding the supporting scientific literature.
II. Participants will recognize patient’s reports of habits, intake and symptoms that indicate inquiry about nutrients and mental status is indicated.
III. Participants will have increased awareness of additional factors that have the potential for influencing mental status and increase their index of suspicion for these factors, as well as be aware of relevant Nutritional Terminology Codes.
Level 2: General knowledge of literature and professional practice in areas covered.
CDR CPE LEARNING NEED CODE(S): 2000, 5320, 5350
Dr. Leyse-Wallace received her B.S. degree from the University of California at Davis as a member of Phi Kappa Phi; earned her M.S. degree while completing her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, and in 1998 was awarded her PhD from The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
She began practicing clinical dietetics at Osawatomie State Hospital, followed by practicing at The Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas from 1977 to 1984. She was later employed at Mesa Vista Hospital (now Sharp-Mesa Vista) in San Diego, California and HCA Willow Park Hospital in Plano, Texas. Her practice included providing nutritional care for patients of all ages hospitalized for eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, and general psychiatric diagnoses. While attending graduate school in Tucson, Dr. Wallace served at Sierra Tucson and Hospice Family Care in Tucson, as well as Group Health Medical Associates, a general medicine clinic, on a part-time basis.
She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Pima County College in Tucson and Mesa College in San Diego. A long-term member of The American Dietetic Association (ADA), She has been an active contributor to the Behavioral Health Nutrition dietetic practice group in the ADA, (now The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).
Dr. Leyse-Wallace retired from clinical practice and engages in professional writing and speaking. She lives in Alpine, California in eastern San Diego County and has three adult children and five grandchildren.