Welcome to How Dietitians Work

How Dietitians Work is a community designed to empower dietitians by applying industrial-organizational psychology principles to the work we do every day as food and nutrition experts. 

Meet the Founder

Christianna Gozzi MA, MS, RD, LD, CDN

I am a second career dietitian, private practice owner and food service management consultant with a background in organizational psychology. Working with dietitians in varied settings helped me realize my goal of supporting career satisfaction in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

What We Do

Education

Listen to our podcast How Dietitians Work or join our signature course, Networking for Nutrition Professionals.

Community

Join How Dietitians Work LinkedIn Group to network with and support dietitians interested in I/O psychology.

Products

Check out our line of dot-grid notebooks designed for dietitian career planning, goal-setting and organization.

What is industrial-organizational psychology?

Industrial-organizational psychology (“I/O psych”) is a branch of social psychology that focuses on human behavior within organizational and workplace settings.

I/O psychology helps us understand not only why people act the way they do at work but also how work gets done (or doesn’t get done).

Topics within I/O psychology include leadership, motivation, training, development, change management, benefits and compensation, hiring, conflict resolution, workplace bias, diversity and more. 

How does I/O psychology apply to dietetics? 

Dietitians are taught that our role is the “food and nutrition expert.” This is only partially true. 

Dietitians are actually knowledge workers and subject matter experts. This means that we create, process, coordinate and disseminate information within organizations.

We lead teams. We educate patients and employees. We connect the dots across lines of service for our clients. We manage and contribute to complex interdisciplinary projects that have public health implications.

And, dietitians often do this complicated work in complex organizational structures like healthcare systems, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.

Training in organizational psychology is absent from dietetics. 

While some DPD programs may cover basic business and marketing skills, organizational theory is all but absent from dietetics training. 

To make matters worse, dietitians may not even receive on the job training in organizational development, leadership, or conflict resolution–all skills we need to grow as organizational leaders. 

Consequently, like other knowledge workers, we are left to navigate our unique roles on our own. We are left to organize our own workload without fully understanding the systemic issues that contribute to our workflow.

This puts dietitians at risk for career ambivalence, dissatisfaction and burnout. 

Understanding and incorporating principles of I/O psychology into dietetics can help dietitians.

Applying principles of I/O psychology to the work of dietetics can help improve career satisfaction within the field. Participating with the How Dietitians Work community can help dietitians:

  • Question the status quo ways of doing work.
  • Navigate difficult transitions in their careers.
  • Grow into thought and business leaders.
  • Communicate with colleagues confidently
  • Deepen self-awareness.
  • Make work decisions aligned with their values.

Contact me at [email protected] for questions and comments.

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