Barbara Robinson

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My research focuses on the education of pediatricians with the intent of preventing obesity in early childhood.”


Barbara Robinson began teaching at JWU in 2010. Prior to joining the faculty, Robinson was fortunate to hold rewarding positions as a clinical dietitian and managing dietitian, primarily at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. It is gratifying for her to share clinical nutrition knowledge with future practitioners who also possess a strong culinary background. JWU graduates show people how to make dietary improvements rather than simply advising them on changes. Robinson was drawn to teach at JWU after mentoring numerous JWU students in the hospital environment and noting that JWU students differed from other students in that they exhibited more “grit” and a strong work ethic.

Throughout her career, Robinson has held diverse consulting positions, most recently reviewing medical education nutrition modules for the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University. For 20+ years, she has been a clinical teaching associate at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she was first introduced to problem-based learning. She also had the opportunity to conduct clinical research.

As a longtime advocate for effective parenting and its role in establishing positive eating behaviors, beginning in infancy, Robinson’s research has focused on the education of pediatricians with the intent of preventing obesity in early childhood. Her clinical specialties include pediatric (particularly infant) nutrition and childhood overweight and managing tube feedings, as well as medical nutrition therapy for celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis and food allergies, including eosinophilic esophagitis. She has also worked as a registered lobbyist and led the successful effort to secure Rhode Island Licensure for registered dietitians.

As a health professional who has cared for acutely ill patients, Robinson has always made it a point to keep up with both current literature and best practices, and she brings this intention to the classroom setting.

One of her core beliefs is that students must always link research to practice and engage in lifelong learning. She challenges students to think critically, as well as to supplement classroom learning with effective, out-of-class activities and study approaches. In their senior level classes, Robinson expects students to make efforts beyond what they have done in the past, so that they can achieve more and experience the results of their very hard work.

Another aspect of her faculty role is student advising. Many students prepare for, apply to, and complete post-graduate dietetic internships. Along with collegues, Robinson enjoys advising, assisting and encouraging students as they move through this process.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Early Childhood Nutrition
  • Food Allergies
  • Probiotics


  • American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
    Certification of Advanced Practice in Nutritional for individuals with serious and complex medical issues.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 2000–present
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 1978–present

Courses Taught

  • NUTR3050 (Undergraduate): Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • NUTR4030 (Undergraduate): Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • NUTR4630 (Undergraduate): Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy