About Diana Dugan Richards

Clients have sought nutrition counseling and yoga consulting with me as a metro Boston nutrition therapist, registered dietitian, and yoga teacher since 2007. My gift is to create a safe and sacred container in which rich and transformative work occurs. There’s deep comfort in that.

Certification as an Internal Family Systems (IFS) practitioner, motivational interviewing and yoga therapy inform my counseling style.

My current private practice follows on the heels of over eight years as clinic manager for the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center. There I coordinated multiple clinical obesity nutrition trials and shared evidence-based treatment plans for overweight and obesity, diabetes and heart disease with hundreds of patients. A highlight at the same institution was being co-investigator for a Yoga for Low Back Pain study, developing the yoga protocol, teaching sequence, and an audio CD and detailed visual guide for participants to use at home.

Informing my understanding of evidence-based dietary intakes is being a part of a superb medical team that developed a web-based nutrition and exercise intervention program (www.DASHforHealth.com) for over 10 years. Today, as a consultant to www.GoodMeasures.com, I offer this teaching and tracking tool to clients interested in tracking their food, nutrients and activity patterns.

My experience with vegetarian and vegan clients is a direct result of following that lifestyle for over 28 years and through extensive volunteering with the Vegetarian Nutrition Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) and RD Resources Coordinator for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association).

Professional affiliations include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Massachusetts Dietetics Association, and professional membership with the Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association (MEDA).

Professional Contributions

  • Today’s Dietitian professional magazine, Top Questions Clients ask RDNs about Vegetarianism
  • Vegetarian Nutrition Toolkit (Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Veg Nutrition Evidence Analysis Library)
  • Integrative Medicine textbook, obesity chapter
  • Clinical Guidebook on Overweight and Obesity, dietary therapy chapter
  • Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism ad hoc reviewer
  • Secretary, ADA Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
  • ADA reviewer for the Weight Management DPG newsletter
  • ADA’s Evidence Analysis Library Vegetarian Workgroup
  • Obesity Research poster
  • MA Dept. of Public Health’s Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety Expert Panel Executive Report for weight loss surgery.

Presentations

Topics include IFS in nutrition counseling, motivational interviewing and dietary recommendations:

  • Internal Family Systems for Dietitians
  • Center for Self Leadership IFS Conferences
  • Harvard Medical School Obesity courses
  • New England Centers for Obesity Research and Education
  • Merck Pharmaceutical (Germany)
  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Heart Health
  • American Dietetic Association Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management Certification programs
  • Boston University’s Sargent College
  • Boston University School of Medicine
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