Nick Hamdi

Assistant Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2023

JWU Professor Nick Hamdi

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Nick completed his BS at the University of California, Davis, and his MS and Dietetic Internship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, Nick is a doctoral candidate in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. Nick is an outpatient eating disorder dietitian, providing comprehensive care to adolescents and young adults.

As an educator, Nick applies his background and experiences to create engaging and valuable training and mentorship experiences for nutrition and public health students.

Nick is passionate about community engaged research. In addition to his teaching role, Nick is passionate about conducting research to promote health and wellbeing among low-income, BIPOC, and LGBT youth in New England.


  • Ph.D (in progress), Health Sciences, University of Rhode Island
  • M.S., Food Science and Human Nutrition and Dietetics Internship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Clinical Nutrition and Minor in Women's Studies, University of California, Davis

It is so important for dietitians to practice cultural humility and critical thinking in all areas of nutrition, and that is what I strive to promote in the classroom.

Teaching Interests

Public Health and Community Nutrition
Motivational Interviewing and Counseling Techniques
Pediatric Nutrition
Nutrition Research Methods
Eating Disorder Care
Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health
Cultural Competency and Gender Affirming Care

Scholarly Interests

Nick’s research focus is on clinical-community partnerships to address pediatric food insecurity, and culturally relevant interventions to improve the wellbeing of youth. His overarching goal is to conduct research that serves as a strong basis for affirming and supportive policies and programs that promote equity and improve social conditions.


  • NUTR6200: Grantsmanship and Publication
  • NUTR5500: Nutrition Counseling and Education
  • SCI1050: Nutrition

Extra Curricular Roles

Outpatient Eating Disorder Dietitian at Metrowest Nutrition and Therapy, Newton, MA


Professional Affiliations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB)
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA)
American Public Health Association (APHA)



  • N Hamdi, M Samson, K Balestracci, A Tovar, C Corcoran, DJ Watts, F Tobar, J Potvin, S Amin. Multi-Prong Formative Evaluation of a Pediatric Clinical-Community Food Assistance and Education Intervention. Poster Presented at Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2022.
  • JJ Metcalfe, B Ellison, N Hamdi, R Richardson, MP Prescott. (2020). A systematic review of school meal nudge interventions to improve youth food behaviors. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 17 (1), 1-19.
  • N Hamdi, B Ellison, J McCaffrey, JJ Metcalfe, A Hoffman, P Haywood, MP Prescott. (2020). Implementation of a Multi-Component School Lunch Environmental Change Intervention to Improve Child Fruit and Vegetable Intake: A Mixed-Methods Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (11), 3971.
  • N Hamdi, B Ellison, J McCaffrey, JJ Metcalfe, MP Prescott. Student Vegetable Sensory Questionnaire Responses Associated with School Lunch Vegetable Consumption. Poster Presented at Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2020.

Honors And Awards

  • Outstanding MS Student Award- FSHN Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2021
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarship, 2020-2021
  • Food Science in Action Video Award, Institute for Food Technologists, 2020

Q&A with Nick

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

My favorite teaching moments usually happen after students have finished the course. Hearing from previous students and alumni on their accomplishments, goals, and getting to provide that ongoing mentorship support is so fulfilling.

What College Do You Teach In?

College of Health & Wellness