2020 Nutrition Continuing Education Series: Nutrition and the Brain CNE Version: How Does Diet Impact Mental Health?


The University of Texas at Austin invites you to join our continuing education series in nutrition for adult learners and health professionals.

Featuring expert faculty from the Department of Nutritional Science and the Dell Medical School, our pre-recorded webinars will bring you the latest in nutritional science through the convenience of an online experience.

Starting with a molecular view of nutrition, we'll build your knowledge of practical, everyday nutritious behaviors to increase your understanding of how nutrition relates to health. Four modules containing 3 hours of CME in each module, are available through this Learning Express site. This is the fourth module in the series. Each module is stand-alone and they may be completed in any order or independently of each other.

Learn the critical role nutrition plays in brain function and mental health.


Topic 1: Nutrition and Cognition

What will I learn?

  • Review the research regarding the relationship between nutrition and cognition
  • Discuss the connection between diet and cognitive development, decline, and other mental conditions throughout the life stages (infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging)
  • Identify dietary patterns, food selections, and behaviors associated with brain health
Topic 2: Healthy Attitudes and Behaviors / Nutrition and Technology 

What will I learn?

  • Identify current trends in consumer eating behaviors and attitudes- Describe mindful eating practices and how they support mental health in relation to food
  • Review the current role of technology in eating behaviors and mindset
  • Build awareness for application in practice of recommendations regarding mindfulness,  technology, and nutrition attitudes in patient and client care




CE Hours


CE Units


Activity Type

  • Knowledge

Target Audience(s)

  • Registered Nurses
  • Dietician

Joint Provider(s)

University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin Nutrition Institute and Dell Medical School Continuing Medical Education

Requirements for CE Credit

Disclosure to Participants: Nutrition and the Brain: How Does Diet Impact Mental Health?
Accreditation Statement:
University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Requirements for Successful Completion: To receive contact hours for this continuing education activity, the participant must complete the entire module and complete and submit the evaluation form.

Learning outcome: At the conclusion of this learning activity, more than 80% of participating RN’s will self report desire to change practice related to an increase in knowledge of nutrition and diet’s impact on their patients' mental health.
Once successful completion has been verified, a “Certificate of Successful Completion” will be awarded for 3 contact hours.
Conflicts of Interest: A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to affect or impact educational content with which he or she may have a commercial interest or a potentially biasing relationship of a financial nature.  All planners and presenters/authors/content reviewers must disclose the presence or absence of a conflict of interest relative to this activity.  All potential conflicts are resolved prior to the planning, implementation, or evaluation of the continuing nursing education activity.  All activity planning committee members and presenters/authors/content reviewers have had their Conflict of Interest assessed, identified and resolved by the nurse planner.
The activity’s Nurse Planner has determined that no one who has the ability to control the content of this CNE activity – planning committee members and presenters/authors/content reviewers – has a conflict of interest.
This activity is jointly provided with the UT Nutrition Institute and the Dell Medical Center CME Department.  
This activity expires 1/29/2023 and no further CNE credits will be issued after that date even if the information is still accessible in online form.                      



In order to get CNE credit, you must complete the evaluation and a Certificate of Completion will be issued to your email box.


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Marissa Burgermaster

Brief Bio : Marissa Burgermaster, PhD Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Dr. Marissa Burgermaster is an assistant professor of population health at Dell Medical School and an assistant professor of nutritional sciences at The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences. Burgermaster holds a doctorate in behavioral nutrition and a postdoctoral masters in biomedical informatics from Columbia University, where her research focused on improving community- and technology-based nutrition behavior change interventions. Her research applies data science and human-computer interaction methods to improve nutrition and community health.
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Tom Brenna

Brief Bio : Tom Brenna, PhD Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics Dr. Tom Brenna is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics. He holds a Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry from Cornell University. His research revolves around the chemical, biochemical, metabolic, genetic and ecological aspects of fatty acids. Some of his more recent research examines the effect of balanced omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in ready-to-use therapeutic foods on neurocognitive and immune development on young children.

Release Date: Jan 29, 2021
Credit Expiration Date: Jan 29, 2023

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