About Us

Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD is a Professor at Northern Arizona University. She teaches courses in nutrition education and behavior change 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 author of 5-Minute MI: Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Health When Time is Short and co-author of Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness.

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 director of Chico State's FitU program, a peer mentoring nutrition and exercise counseling program for students. Additionally, Laura is a nutrition therapist in private practice, focused on helping those struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and subclinical disordered eating. She has extensive training in motivational interviewing and is the co-author of Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness.