Annette Besnilian’s dedicated academic leadership focuses on serving and educating the next generation of dietitians, public health nutritionists, and food scientists. Today, she serves as the Executive Director of the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition, and Dietetics (MMC) and works tirelessly to provide robust educational and professional opportunities for students, who like her, have the passion to advance the understanding of nutrition, dietetics, and food in diverse communities. In addition, at CSUN she is the Dietetic Internship Program Director; and faculty teaching Nutrition and Dietetic Classes to graduate students in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE). She also serves as a NIH BUILD PODER , RISE/MARC Mentor for CSUN. For more than nineteen years she has obtained research and program development grants that have resulted in more than $4,000,000 in funds.
She has been a DI Director for over 19 years and has trained and graduated approximately 220 dietetic interns and Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDs/RDNs) in both Community and Nutrition Therapy Concentrations.
Ed.D 2013, California State University, Northridge
M.P.H 1996, University of California Los Angeles
B.S. 1994, California State University, Northridge