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Trisha Cousins is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Dietitian Nutritionist Program in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in the state of Pennsylvania. Cousins focus areas include maternal and pediatric nutrition, lactation, clinical, nutrition support, and disabilities. She has a certification as a Certified Lactation Consultant. In the Dietitian Nutritionist Program, she teaches Lifecycle Nutrition and Advanced Maternal and Pediatric Nutrition. Her service to the University and Department includes serving on the SHRS Program Directors group, SHRS Interprofessional Education Task Force, Member of the University Senate, and University of Pittsburgh Working Group for Interprofessional Education. In addition, Cousins is the Nutrition and Dietetics Faculty member with LEND Pittsburgh, a Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) funded leadership training grant focusing on family-centered, multidisciplinary services for children with developmental disabilities and their families. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Pittsburgh Academy of Nutrition in Dietetics. Cousins is a member of multiple dietetic practice groups including nutrition and dietetics educators and preceptors, dietitians in nutrition support and women’s health, where she serves as the Membership Chair.


Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition


Dietitian Nutritionist Program
Nutrition Science

Education & Training

  • MS, Case Western Reserve University
  • EdD, University of Pittsburgh


  • Emerging Professional in Women’s Health (Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group), 2020
  • Outstanding Doctor of Education Health and Physical Activity Student, 2020
  • Best Research Methods Award for the 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition Poster Session, 2020
  • Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award for Coordinated Program in Dietetics, 2019