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Donnie CookDonnie L. Cook, Ph.D., RD, LD

Health and Nutrition Specialist
P.O.. Box 967
Normal, Alabama 35762

PHONE: (256) 372-4983
FAX: (256) 372-5840

e-mail: dcook@aces.edu


  • Ph.D., Food Science/Nutrition, Alabama A&M University
  • M.S., Nutritional Science, Tuskegee University
  • American Dietetic Association (ADA) Approved Dietetic Internship, John A. Andrew Hospital, Tuskegee University
  • B.S., Food Administration, Tuskegee University

Job Summary

Develop, implement and evaluate educational projects and programs in the area of health and human nutrition with a focus on urban and nontraditional audiences. Provide leadership for health and nutrition projects and programs that are designed to address the needs of high risk, under-served populations. Prepare educational materials including presentations, visual aides, media releases magazine articles and other resource publications. Provide assistance to other Extension specialists in incorporating health and human nutrition subject matter into family and community related projects and programs. Develop in-services to support the training needs of County Extension Agents; and pursue educational resources through grant writing. Programs are carried out by working with county offices, consumers, and in collaboration with other community agencies and organizations that provide health and nutrition education.

Professional Work Experience

  • Health and Nutrition Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama A&M University, July 1998 to present
  • Extension Educator, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama A&M University, July 1997-July 1998
  • Doctoral Research and Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Food Science and Animal Industries, Alabama A&M University, 1995-1998
  • Chief Clinical Dietitian, Humana Hospital Huntsville, 1992-1994
  • Clinical Dietitian, Humana Hospital Huntsville, 1984-1993
  • Nutritionist, Lister Hills Health Clinic, Inc., Montgomery, AL, 1983
  • Therapeutic Dietitian, UAB Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama, 1982
  • Therapeutic Dietitian, Scott & White Hospital, Temple, TX, 1981
  • Therapeutic Dietitian, Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT, 1980