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Vicki Schwartz

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Vicki Schwartz

DCN, RD, LDN Registered Dietitian (RD), American Dietetic Association. Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist (LDN), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Assistant Clinical Professor

Nutrition Sciences Department

Vicki S. Schwartz, DCN, joined the nutrition faculty at Drexel University in the fall 2004. She has over 35 years of experience as a registered dietitian working in areas of gastroenterology, cardiac, diabetes, oncology, bone marrow transplantation and nutrition support. She completed her doctoral degree in clinical nutrition at Rutgers University.

Academic Distinctions

Silver Award

Faculty Fellowships

Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND)

Professional Society

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition

Selected Publications

Schwartz, V. S., Rothpletz-Puglia, P., Denmark, R., Byham-Gray, L. (2015). Comparison of Standardized Patients and Real Patients as an Experiential Teaching Strategy in a Nutrition Counseling Course for Dietetic Students. Patient Education and Counseling, 98,168-173.

American Dietetic Association (2012). International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology (IDNT) Standardized Language for the Nutrition Care Process. 4th Edition, ADA; Submission to modify the term’ Inadequate Mineral Intake (NI 5-10.1).

Schwartz, V. S. (2011). Use of ginger to relieve nausea and vomiting. Support Line 13(3), 19-24.

Schwartz, V.S. & McKinney, S. (1990). Food Preferences, Influence on the Dietary Compliance of Women with NIDDM. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 5(2),15-25.

Research Interests

Schwartz’s program of research primarily focuses on the documentation of nutrition misinformation and nutrition fraud on the web. Her past research included assessment of nutrition misinformation in the areas of diabetes, oncology and weight control. She has identified ways to help the consumer distinguish the differences between evidence-based sites and those containing misinformation. Her current research has shown that the use of standardized patients in nutrition counseling labs is a very effective teaching tool for dietetic students learning motivational interviewing skills. 


Her 20 years of teaching experience to undergraduate and graduate students has demonstrated her expertise in education and communication in the nutrition field.

Doctor in Clinical Nutrition (2015)
Rutgers University, New Jersey

Clinical Nutrition Residency in Bariatrics and the Gastroenterology Research Unit
Temple University Hospital, (2012-2013), Philadelphia, PA

Master of Science in Nutrition Education (1987)
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Dietetic Internship (1975-1976)
New York Hospital, New York, New York

Bachelor of Science in Administrative Dietetics (1975)
Pennsylvania State University, University City, PA