Alessandra Sarcona


Respect each student and use best practices in evaluating students’ work to bring them to a higher level of learning.


Year Degree School/University Location
2013 Doctorate in Education Long Island University, Post Brookville,NY
1989 Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition New York University New York, NY
1984 Dietetic Internship Yale-New Haven Hospital New Haven, CT
1983 Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Institutional Management East Carolina University Greenville, NC


Course Number Course Name
NTD 203 The Dietetic Profession
NTD 404 Nutrition and Disease Prevention
NTD 409 Professional Skills in Dietetics
NTD 411 Advanced Nutrition 1
NTD 413 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
NTD 414 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NTD 444 Lifestyle Nutrition Practicum
NTD 610 Nutrition Assessment
NTD 630 Nutrition Capstone


Dirhan, D., & Sarcona, A. (2021). Students’ self-perceptions of mindfulness after learning mindfulness techniques in a professional skills course. 2021 International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd) Conference Proceedings, 535-543. doi:
Martinho, V. J. P. D., Elena Bartkiene, E., Djekic, I., Tarcea, M., Colić Barić, I., Černelič-Bizjak, M., Szűcs, V., Sarcona, A., El-Kenawy, A., Ferreira, V., Klava, D., Korzeniowska, M., Vittadini, E., Leal, M., Bolhuis, D., Papageorgiou M., & Guiné, R. P. F. (2021) Determinants of economic motivations for food choice: insights for the understanding of consumer behavior. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, doi: 10.1080/09637486.2021.1939659
Sarcona, A. (2020). Facilitating behavior change with evidence-based nutrition education strategies. Clarksville, MD: Wolf Rinke Associates.
Sarcona, A., Dirhan, D., Davidson, P. (2020). An overview of audio and written feedback from students’ and instructors’ perspective. Educational Media International. doi:10.1080/09523987.2020.1744853
Sarcona, A. (2019). Using the nutrition care process model as a practical framework to measure outcomes of a nutrition program using motivational interviewing. Weight Management Matters, 18(2), 14-17.
Dirhan, D., & Sarcona, A. (Winter, 2019). Self-efficacy in counseling with service learning. Academic Exchange Quarterly.
Sarcona, A., Ervin, M., Davidson, P., & Dirhan, D. (Winter 2018). Strategies to improve student writing. Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors Newsletter, 24-27.
Sarcona, A., & Davidson, P. (2018). The interrelationship of diet, microbiome, and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. On the Cutting Edge, Diabetes Care and Education, 38(6), 13-17.
Sarcona, A., Kovacs, L., Wright, J., & Williams, C. (2017). The relationship between the use of mobile-based apps and physical activity, eating behaviors and health-related lifestyle choices of college students, American Journal of Health Education, 48(5), 298-305, doi:10.1080/19325037.2017.1335630
Sarcona, A., Burrowes, J., & Fornari, A. (2015). Characteristics of an effective preceptor: Dietetics education as a paradigm.Journal of Allied Health, 44(4), 229–235.


 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Groups:
Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN)
Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP)
Behavioral Health Nutrition
Philadelphia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics