Sandra Curwood

Ph.D. Student

Phone: 805-701-5989



  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management from California State University, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics from 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:

  • Featured Dietitian of the California Dietetic Association in September 2014
  • Center of Ecoliteracy Innovator of the year, 2013
  • Culinary Center Leader and Ambassador to FreshMeals@Schools program for the California Department of Education
  • U.S. Healthier School Challenge recipient, 2012
  • United States Department of Agriculture feature Farm-to-School profile, 2011
  • National Advisory Council Member for the 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 and Biking