Mona Therrien DCN, RD, LD

Dietetic Internship Program Director and Lecturer Therrien

Degree: DCN 2013, Rutgers University
Phone: 207.581.3130
Location: 201A Rogers Hall

Professional Interests: Nutrition and aging, nutrition-focused physical examination, program evaluation, nutrition and food science education techniques and innovations, nutrition in chronic kidney disease.

Teaching: FSN 230 Nutritional and Medical Terminology, FSN 406 Nutritional Needs of the Older Adult, FSN 506 Nutritional Assessment, FSN 540 Advanced Clinical Topics,  FSN 650 Dietetic Internship Orientation and Application I, FSN 651 Dietetic Internship Orientation and Application II, FSN 652 Dietetic Internship Evaluation, FSN 681 Dietetic Supervised Practice


  • Nutrition education program evaluation: youth, college-level, adults
  • Nutrition and Dietetics education and curriculum
  • Nutrition in chronic kidney disease

Recent Publications:

Parsons, K.; Strout, K.; Winn, C.; Therrien-Genest, M.; Yerxa, K.; McNamara, J. Development of Master Chef: A Curriculum to Promote Nutrition and Mindful Eating among College Students. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2024, 21, 487.

Parsons, K.; Yerxa, K.; Therrien, M.; Byrd-Bredbenner, C.; McNamara, J. The Influence of Diet Quality on Health-related Quality of Life in Undergraduates. Journal of American College Health. 2024. DO 10.1080/07448481.2024.2319206.

Neptune L. Yerxa K, Therrien M, Byrd-Bredbenner C, McNamara J. Sexual Minority College Undergraduate Students Have Worse Health-Related Quality of Life, Diet Quality, and Weight Dissatisfaction Than Their Heterosexual Peers. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2023; 55(9): 651-658.

Perkins S, Daley A, Yerxa K, Therrien M. The Effectiveness of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) on Diet Quality as measured by the Healthy Eating Index. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2019; doi: 10.1177/155982761987273
Bonnett R, Camire ME, Therrien M, and Yerxa K. Long-term behavior change of participants in a northeast nutrition education program. JOE. 2019; 57(2).
Mellette T, Yerxa K, Therrien M, and Camire ME. Whole grain muffin acceptance by young adults. Foods. 2018; doi:10.3390/foods7060091
Therrien M, Calder B, Castonguay Z. Utilization of an accelerated Queso Fresco recipe to teach concepts of food science in a Didactic Program in Dietetics. J of Food Sc Ed. 2018;17:21-26. doi: 10.1111/1541-4329.12130

Therrien M, Byham-Gray L, Beto J. A review of dietary intake studies in maintenance dialysis patients. J Ren Nutr. 2015; 25(4): 329-338.

Therrien M, Byham-Gray L, Denmark R, Beto J. Comparison of dietary intake among women on maintenance dialysis to a Women’s Health Initiative cohort: results from the NKF-CRN Second National Research Question Collaborative Study. J Ren Nutr. 2014; 24(2): 70-80.

Therrien M. Utilizing the nutrition care process and nutrition-focused physical exam in the care of the medically complex patient on hemodialysis. Renal Nutrition Forum. 2013; 32(1): 1-8.

Therrien M. Malnutrition in a maintenance hemodialysis patient is improved with intradialytic parenteral nutrition (IDPN): A case study. Renal Nutrition Forum. 2011. 30(1): 1-8.

Soucy M. The impact of alternative medicine therapies on the nutrition and well-being of the chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 5 patient. Renal Nutrition Forum. 2008. 27(2): 1-7.