About Us

Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD is an Associate Professor at Northern Arizona UniversityShe teaches courses in nutrition education and counseling and has experience implementing and directing university-based health coaching programs. Dr. Clifford conducts research and is an accomplished speaker in the areas of motivational interviewing and non-diet approaches to health and wellness. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and is the co-author of Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness. In addition, she has published several research articles in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and written curriculum for Today’s Dietitian and Nutrition Dimensions. 

Laura Curtis, MS, RD is a part time lecturer in the the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at California State University, Chico where she teaches nutrition counseling courses focusing on motivational interviewing. In addition, she is the current director of FitU, a peer mentoring nutrition and exercise counseling program on campus. Additionally, Laura is a nutrition therapist in private practice, specializing in anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. She has extensive training in motivational interviewing and is the co-author of Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness.