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CDR Connection—August 2018

Commission on Dietetic Registration
Linda Gigliotti, MS, RDN, CDE
Vice Chair
Rebecca Brody, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC
Public Member
Micheal W Giles, BA, MA, PhD

Elizabeth S Abbay, RDN, LDN, FAND
Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RDN, CSSD, FACSM
Kellene Isom, MS, RD, LDN
Kathryn Lawson, MS, RDN, CD
CDR DTR Representative
Amanda R Coufal, BS, NDTR
Newly Credentialed Practitioner Representative
Anna Acre MS, RDN, LD
Board Certified Specialist Representatives
Linda Heller, MS, RD, CSP, CLE, FAND
David Travis Thomas, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FAND
Advanced Practice in Clinical Nutrition Representative
The Commission on Dietetic Registration is pleased to share this Summer 2018 edition of its e-newsletter the CDR Connection: Power Your Future! In this issue we are highlighting CDR’s newly elected/appointed Commissioners, the Call for Nominations, as well as updates on ongoing CDR initiatives. We hope that you find this newsletter informative and helpful!

To view past issues go to

Linda Gigliotti, Chair,
Commission on Dietetic Registration

Congratulations to CDR's New Commissioners!

(elected Term June 1, 2018–May 31, 2021)
Elizabeth S Abbay, RDN, LDN, FAND

CDR NDTR Representative
Amanda R Coufal, BS, NDTR

Board Certified Specialist Representative
David Travis Thomas, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FAND

Public Member
(appointed term June 1, 2018–May 31, 2019)
Micheal W Giles, BA, MA, PhD


CDR Call for Nominations


The CDR Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for visionary and dedicated individuals for the 2019 CDR national ballot.
The 2019 Election will run February 1 – 15, 2019

Submit nominations to

Positions to be filled are:

  • Three (3) Registered Dietitians—3 year term
  • One (1) CDR Nominating Committee Registered Dietitian Representative—3 year term
    • Must have CDR experience within the past ten (10) years

Nominations are due October 26, 2018. Learn more about the criteria for the CDR positions by clicking here.

Nominations may be submitted by an online form or by emailing


Did You Know?

Did you know the CDR website includes the following credential placement guidelines?
The recommended order of listed credentials for Registered Dietitians (RD)* or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)* is:
graduate academic degree, RD*, or RDN* specialty certifications with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (e.g. CSG, CSO, CSP, CSSD, CSR), licensure designation, other certifications (e.g. CDE, CNS, etc.), Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND).

The recommended order of listed credentials for Registered Dietitians (RD)* or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)* with the CDR Advanced Practice Certification in Clinical Nutrition is:
graduate academic degree, RD-AP*, or RDN-AP* specialty certifications with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (e.g. CSG, CSO, CSP, CSSD, CSR), licensure designation, other certifications (e.g. CDE, CNS, etc), Fellow of the the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND).

Examples of proper and improper use:

Improper Use
K. Bolek, MS, RD, LD, CSP, FAND, CDE
L. Cline, NDTR, MS, LD
J. Jones, CSG, RDN
S. Smith, RD, MS, CSO
A. Allen, RDN, LD, CSSD, CDE
J. Johnson, RD, FAND, CSR
R. French, RDN, MS, CSP, FAND, LDN
E. Jacob, MS, RD, LDN, CSG


Proper Use
K. Bolek, MS, RD, CSP, LD, CDE, FAND
J. Jones, RDN, CSG
S. Smith, MS, RD, CSO
A. Allen, RDN, CSSD, LD, CDE
J. Johnson, RD, CSR, FAND
R. French, MS, RDN, CSP, LDN, FAND
E. Jacob, MS, RD, CSG, LDN

Visit the following link for more information:


Maintaining Your Credential

You can find all you need to manage your credential by logging into the MyCDR page on CDR's website at Once logged in, you will see the MyCDR link in the upper right hand corner of the website. There you will find your original date of registration, your five-year recertification period ending date, and whether or not you have submitted your Learning Plan and/or Activity Log. You will also be able to:

In addition, newly credentialed practitioners will find helpful orientation information at the following link:


CDR News Highlights

New Online Assess and Learn Module

The Role of Nutrition in Health Promotion and Prevention
7 CPEUs $64.99

Assess and Learn modules provide feedback on your performance to assist you in determining your current and future learning needs. After completion, you will be able to use your assessment results to help complete the learning needs assessment and establish your learning action plan for CDR's Professional Development Portfolio.

In this module, there are five case scenarios, each one addressing one of the five levels of the social ecological model. The scenarios are somewhat interrelated to reinforce the concept that RDNs can address primary prevention of overweight and obesity through many diverse approaches. The scenarios also demonstrate the interconnectedness of RDs’ work across a community and the need for RDs to be players and leaders at all levels and in all sectors of society. The content provided for any one level is not intended to be a comprehensive assessment of competencies for that level but the knowledge, competencies and skills assessed across all five levels will give RDs a good sense of their role in the social ecological approach to promotion nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention.

While RDs have always played a significant role in health promotion and disease prevention, the increased emphasis on prevention in federal policy and legislation, by healthcare and health insurance systems, and among consumers creates a growing need for RDs to be competent in promoting the role of diet and nutrition in sustaining optimal health for all. the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has published a position paper and supporting practice paper on the role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention in support of these realities. These documents define the vast breadth of the RD’s health promotion opportunities at the individual, organizational, community and policy levels. Specifically, RDs:

  • deliver nutrition-focused prevention services;
  • advocate for policy and programmatic initiatives that support healthy programs and communities; and,
  • lead research in disease prevention and health promotion.

The purpose of this “Assess and Learn” module is to allow RDs to assess their knowledge and skills in primary prevention, with a focus on overweight and obesity prevention, and to assist them in determining their current and future learning needs in this area. Social ecological models are typically organized into different layers or levels of individual, social, and environmental influences that encompass the factors which determine health in a population. The Academy has adopted a five-level model that includes:

  1. Intrapersonal – an individual’s knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, skills, health status, economic status
  2. Interpersonal – support and influence of family, peers, cultural norms
  3. Institutional – factors such as access to healthy food, school/worksite policies or programs that support healthy habits
  4. Community – physical, social, municipal, and economic factors that can influence the day-to-day choices of residents
  5. Policy – local, state and national policies, regulations, reforms, and advocacy efforts to promote and support healthy habits

To purchase or obtain more information, follow these steps:

  • Go to the CDRCampus website at the following link:
  • Click on ‘Create new account’ on the left-hand side of the screen. Be sure to enter an accurate email address as you will be emailed a confirmation email.
  • Once the confirmation email is received, please click on the included link to confirm your account. Clicking on this link will take you to your homepage on the CDRCampus site.
  • From your homepage, please click on the program you would like to complete and continue to submit your payment using PayPal. *These instructions also appear on the right-hand side of the CDRCampus site under the heading, ‘First Time Here?’

Questions? Please email

Ethics Toolkit

The Joint Academy/CDR Ethics Committee has updated the Ethics Education Facilitator’s Guide to educate CDR credentialed practitioners and Academy members on the 2018 Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession

This Guide offers an overview of the Academy/CDR Code of Ethics along with guided discussion and is not intended to be an in depth study of professional ethics. Although facilitators are welcome to adapt time frames to their individual schedules, the script, activities and handouts in this Guide have been designed for a two hour presentation.

The ethics resources may be downloaded and used by all nutrition and dietetics practitioners for personal use only and are not available for resale or any commercial use.

Advanced Practitioner in Clinical Nutrition Certification

Because clinical nutrition is who you are not just what you do.

The perfect opportunity to advance your credential has arrived: CDR Advanced Practitioner Certification in Clinical Nutrition.

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is offering an advanced practitioner certification in clinical nutrition for registered dietitians (RD) with at least four years of clinical nutrition practice. The next examination administrations will be in November 2018.

Exam dates, fee and deadlines are available at the following link:

New CDR Specialist Certification

CDR has developed a new certification: the Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition with a Critical Care emphasis. This new certification addresses practice in critical care units for the pediatric population. The designation for this new specialist certification will be CSPCC.

The first examination administration is scheduled for September 2018. Applications are available. For more information, please visit the CDR website:

Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management

The Commission on Dietetic Registration is pleased to announce the Interdisciplinary Specialist Certification in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM) credential. This credential will not only raise the standards in evidence-based practice benefiting clients and supporting CDR's mission of protecting the public, but it also emphasizes the importance of the healthcare team. Board Certification is granted in recognition of an applicant's documented practice experience and successful completion of an examination in the specialty area.

The CSOWM examination is administered annually in March and September. The content outline and eligibility requirements are available at the following link:

Continuing Professional Education Approval Criteria

CDR has revised the current continuing professional education approval criteria to require that all continuing professional education activity types (excluding academic coursework) addressing diet and nutrition topics, include an RD or DTR in program planning.* This policy change is effective for continuing professional activities offered on or after June 1, 2018 and for CDR credentialed practitioners recertifying beginning a new recertification cycle on or after June 2, 2018.

*Academic Coursework, and CPE activities offered by American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Psychological Association (APA), American Public Health Association (APHA), pharmacy, dentistry, and speech language pathology societies and associations are excluded from this requirement.

Upcoming Certificate of Training Programs

Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management
November 1–3, 2018 ~ Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Registration Fee: $370.00
CPE Hours Awarded: 35
For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, registration deadlines and agenda:

Additional programs include:
May 9-11, 2019
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Registration will open Fall 2018

Certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions for Adults
October 18 – 19, 2018 ~ Washington, DC
For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, and registration deadlines:

Additional programs include:
March 14-15, 2019
St. Louis, Missouri

April 12-13, 2019
Raleigh, North Carolina

June 21-22, 2019
Long Beach, California
Registration will open Fall 2018

Commission on Dietetic Registration
Staff Contact Information - 1/800-877-1600

Christine Reidy, RD - Executive Director, ext. 4857

Kay Manger-Hague, RD - Director - Credentialing Operations, ext. 4777

Pearlie Johnson-Freeman, MBA - Director, Credentialing Services, ext. 4849

Rebecca Beavers – Sr. Manager, Registration Eligibility Services, ext. 4781

Beth Crowley Garst, RD, Sr.  Manager, Credentialing Services , ext. 4718

Caitlin Griffin - Sr. Manager of Professional Development, ext. 4715

Jessica Rapey, RD - Sr. Manager of Professional Assessment, ext. 4816

Kim White, RD - Sr. Manager of Professional Assessment, ext. 4758

Peggy Anderson, - Manager, Registration Eligibility Services, ext. 4764

Elaine Butler - Manager, Examination & Licensure, ext. 4859

Kristen Eis, Manager, Professional Development, ext. 1739

Kelly Kim, Manager, Professional Development, ext. 4830

Chris Kralik - Manager, Professional Development, ext. 1742

Eileen Novak - Manager, Credentialing Operations, ext. 4749

Tracy Strong - Manager, Weight Management Programs, ext 4783

Roxanne Way Carter - Manager, Credentialing Services, ext. 4849