Paper Type

Doctoral Project


Brooks College of Health

Degree Name

Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN)


Nutrition & Dietetics

NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Nutrition & Dietetics

First Advisor

Dr. Lauri Wright

Second Advisor

Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof

Third Advisor

Dr. Kathrin Eliot

Department Chair

Dr. Lauri Wright

College Dean

Dr. Curt Lox


Interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) are associated with improved perception, values, attitudes towards collaborative practice, and therefore benefits patients, practitioners, and health care systems. Notable organizations have long promoted standardized guidelines for best practices in interdisciplinary team-based learning to improve patient safety and health outcomes. The state of IPE in nutrition and dietetics practice was recently addressed by the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The authors generated a call to action to engage in IPCP while pushing the boundaries of leadership in teaching, research, and practice. Present understanding of IPE demonstrates the need for further research particularly focused on the relationship between the types of IPE activities and the outcomes of self-confidence and competence surrounding IPCP achieved by new RDN practitioners. Unique in its approach, this study deployed mixed methods research to ascertain current IPE practices within nutrition and dietetics programs. RDN practitioners within the first few years of independent practice were surveyed to collect data on program type, IPE activities, and reactions to these learning experiences. This information was then analyzed to determine significant findings and indications for the second phase of focus groups comprised of current program directors. The qualitative portion provided detailed information such as thematic elements, IPE activities within programs and recommendations. Information gathered helped to identify opportunities to improve the IPE practices in the education and training of future nutrition and dietetics professionals.