Sandra Curwood

Ph.D. Student
Phone: 805-701-5989


Master of Science: Healthcare Management, California State University, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Science: Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics, California State University, Los Angeles

Registered Dietitian, American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Research Interests:

  • School food service
  • Farm-to-Fork programming
  • Food safety

Industry Experience:

  • Professional Expert for the California Department of Education
  • Foodservice Director, Conejo Valley Unified School District
  • Foodservice Director and Healthy School Project Coordinator, Ventura Unified School District
  • Proprietor and Consultant to healthcare facilities in disciplines of nutrition and environmental services
  • Research Consultant for food brands corporation
  • Adjunct faculty teaching foodservice systems management and food and nutrition courses at California State University, Northridge
  • Corporate Director of Nutrition and Facilities Services for Country Villa Health Services Corporation

Honors and Awards:

September 2014: Featured Dietitian of the California Dietetic Association

2013: Center of Ecoliteracy Innovator of the year

Culinary Center Leader and Ambassador to FreshMeals@Schools program, California Department of Education

2012: U.S. Healthier School Challenge recipient

2011: United States Department of Agriculture feature Farm-to-School profile

National Advisory Council Member, National School Foodservice Management Institute (2008-2011)


  • Bergman, J. J., Briggs, M. M., Beall, D. L., Curwood, S., Gray, P., Soiseth, S., … & Zidenberg-Cherr, S. (2014). Stepping Up to the Challenge The Development, Implementation, and Assessment of a Statewide, Regional, Leadership Program for School Nutrition Directors. Health promotion practice, doi: 1524839914530399.
  • Curwood, S., Lew, E., & Zheng, T. (2014, January). Will local foods movement education increase the likelihood of culinary students using locally grown food at work? Poster Session at the 19th Annual Graduate Education and Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism, Houston, TX.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • California Dietetics Association
  • School Nutrition Association
  • School Nutrition Services Dietetics Practice Group
  • California School Nutrition Association

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Family
  • Water Sports
  • Gardening
  • Hiking
  • Biking