Michele (Shelly) DeBiasse, PhD, RDN, LDN
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Health Sciences

PhD, Boston University
MS, Rush University College of Health Sciences
BS, University of Massachusetts Amherst
BA, University of Denver

Pronouns: she/they

Michele “Shelly” DeBiasse, PhD, RDN, LDN is a Registered/Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist whose initial career was in healthcare as a critical care/nutrition support specialist and researcher, and later, clinical nutrition manager. For the past 20 years, she has held a full-time faculty position at Boston University. She currently holds the rank of Clinical Associate Professor in the Programs in Nutrition, Health Sciences Department. Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. She holds a BA in Psychology, a BS in Human Nutrition, and a MS in Clinical Nutrition. In September of 2016, DeBiasse completed her PhD in Nutrition & Metabolism at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. Her PhD dissertation, The Theory of Planned Behavior and Implementation Intentions to Improve Fruit and Vegetable Intake in Women with Low Socioeconomic Status, afforded her three first-author publications. Her research centers diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare professions, particularly dietetics, and how gender influences the dietetics profession.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

My position as a white, gender non-conforming (though cis “passing”), heterosexual, person from a middle to upper middle-class background has granted me many privileges not available to many; particularly individuals from historically excluded groups. I credit my experiences as a first-generation college student with informing the person I am today. Growing up, I was not fully conscious of my white privilege and how it afforded me ease in navigating and achieving my personal and professional goals. It took a conversation at a professional conference with a group of Black-identifying dietitians regarding the negative effect a proposed increase in the education requirement to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist would have upon Black, Indigenous, and people of color to make me fully conscious of systems and structures of oppression and how they work in the field of dietetics (as well as all spaces in the world) to maintain white hegemony. Since that day of enlightenment, I have committed myself fully and completely to work on myself and within the world to disrupt systems and dismantle structures of oppression for all groups which have been historically excluded from dietetics and society. This work requires persistent self-awareness, self-criticism, and self-examination. Humanity and a dietetics profession that is positioned to provide healthcare to humanity requires nothing less.

Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Health Sciences
Programs in Nutrition

Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Committee on Academic Policies & Procedures

Boston Alliance for Diversity in Dietetics (BADD)
06/01/2020 - 05/31/2022 (PI)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


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  1. Moreira-Bouchard JD, Godley S, DeBiasse MA. LGBTQ+ faculty, queering health sciences classrooms: student perspectives. Adv Physiol Educ. 2024 Jun 01; 48(2):270-278.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38385195; DOI: 10.1152/advan.00200.2023;
  2. DeBiasse MA, Bowen DJ, Quatromoni PA, Quinn E, Quintiliani LM. Feasibility and Acceptability of Dietary Intake Assessment Via 24-Hour Recall and Food Frequency Questionnaire among Women with Low Socioeconomic Status. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2018 02; 118(2):301-307.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29102422
  3. Quintiliani LM, DeBiasse MA, Branco JM, Bhosrekar SG, Rorie JA, Bowen DJ. Enhancing physical and social environments to reduce obesity among public housing residents: rationale, trial design, and baseline data for the Healthy Families study. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Nov; 39(2):201-10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25139728; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2014.08.005;
  4. Pagoto SL, Schneider KL, Jojic M, DeBiasse MA, Mann DM. Weight loss using evidence-based strategies in mobile apps. Authors' response. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Jul; 47(1):e2.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24952888; DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.03.010;
  5. Whited MC, Schneider KL, Appelhans BM, Ma Y, Waring ME, DeBiasse MA, Busch AM, Oleski JL, Merriam PA, Olendzki BC, Crawford SL, Ockene IS, Lemon SC, Pagoto SL. Severity of depressive symptoms and accuracy of dietary reporting among obese women with major depressive disorder seeking weight loss treatment. PLoS One. 2014; 9(2):e90361. PMID: 24587338; PMCID: PMC3938682; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090361;
  6. Pagoto S, Schneider K, Jojic M, DeBiasse M, Mann D. Evidence-based strategies in weight-loss mobile apps. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Nov; 45(5):576-82.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24139770; DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.04.025;
  7. Busch AM, Whited MC, Appelhans BM, Schneider KL, Waring ME, DeBiasse MA, Oleski JL, Crawford SL, Pagoto SL. Reliable change in depression during behavioral weight loss treatment among women with major depression. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Mar; 21(3):E211-8. PMID: 23592677; PMCID: PMC3630462; DOI: 10.1002/oby.20113;
  8. Appelhans BM, Waring ME, Schneider KL, Pagoto SL, DeBiasse MA, Debiasse MA, Whited MC, Lynch EB. Delay discounting and intake of ready-to-eat and away-from-home foods in overweight and obese women. Appetite. 2012 Oct; 59(2):576-84. PMID: 22819735; PMCID: PMC3428492; DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.07.009;
  9. Whited MC, Schneider KL, Appelhans BM, Ma Y, Waring, ME, DeBiasse MA, Busch AM, Oleski J, Merriam P, Olendzki B, Crawford S, Ockene I, Pagoto SL. Under-reporting of Caloric Intake Among Obese Women with Depression. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2012; 43:S192-S192.
  10. Appelhans BM, Woolf K, DeBiasse MA, Whited MC, Pagoto SL, Schneider KL. Delay Discounting, Food Convenience, and Energy Intake Among Overweight and Obese Women. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2012; 43:S192-S192.
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