Assistant Professor Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging
Ph.D., Nutritional Biology, University of California, Davis, CA, 2016
Dietetic Internship, Bastyr University, Kenwood, WA, 2006
Bachelors of Science, Clinical Nutrition, University of California, Davis, CA, 2005
Licenses and Certificates
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Adrianne Widaman, PhD, RD is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging Department. Dr. Widaman earned her doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis in 2016 and trained at the USDA, ARS, Western Human Nutrition Research Center.
MANAGEMENT and FOODSERVICE EXPERIENCE- Dr. Widaman worked as a Nutrition Practice Manager at a North Bay Area hospital where she developed advanced practice clinical competencies for Registered Dietitians and conducted performance improvement studies. She studied the impact of dietitians on reducing heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patient re-admission rates. Dr. Widaman spearheaded a quality improvement study to evaluate RD involvement in head and neck cancer patient care and designed an action plan to increase referral rates. She plans to continue studying dietitian's effectiveness in oncology care internationally. Dr. Widaman has been involved in foodservice operations at an acute-care hospital, metabolic research kitchen and an adult day health care program. Dr. Widaman has experience with batch cooking, trayline, centralized production with re-thermalization. She has developed and planned menus, ensured food safety and quality, and has been involved in labor management, inventory management, and disaster planning. She developed a performance improvement study to evaluate the correlation between menu return rates and patient satisfaction scores. Dr. Widaman hopes to develop a controlled feeding lab on the SJSU campus.
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE -Dr. Widaman comes to San Jose with ten years work experience as an acute care dietitian in a level 2 trauma hospital. She has worked in various hospital units including medical surgical, telemetry, intensive care, and outpatient cancer care. Her work in collaboration with other medical professionals resulted in improved pressure ulcer healing, improved glycemic control, improved weight management, decreased renal related mineral intake, reduced lean body mass loss, decreased fluid retention and improved quality of life.