Professor Dr. A. Michelle Prejean | PhD, Texas Woman's University
Dr. A. Michelle Prejean, PhD, RD is a Registered Dietitian and professional educator with over 15 years experience. Dr. Prejean received her B.S. in Human Food and Nutrition/ Dietetics from Louisiana State University. She received a M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences and completed a dietetic internship at Lamar University. Finally, she completed a PhD at Texas Woman’s University in Health Studies/ Community Health.
Dr. Prejean has had an interest in nutrition ever since she was 16 years old and her grandfather suffered his first heart attack. She remembers the dietitian visiting them in the hospital to discuss proper food choices and meal planning. She remembers being angry that nutrition information was available but that somehow her family was not aware of how to eat properly to maintain good health.
As a professional, Dr. Prejean spent the first years of her career in the area of community nutrition, specifically working for the Cooperative Extension Service. In this role, she was able to bring nutrition education programs to the entire state of Texas. After getting married and moving to Massachusetts, Dr. Prejean worked as a Clinical Dietitian - seeing patients in the hospital and as a foodservice director - meaning she was in control of all aspects of the hospitals foodservice operation. Upon returning to Texas, Dr. Prejean worked in the area of diabetes education and long-term care foodservice. Dr. Prejean brings these vast real-life experiences into the classroom to make the students’ nutrition studies come alive and be meaningful to each students plan for their future success. Dr. Prejean has spent the last 7 years as a professional educator both online and on ground. As a first-generation college student, Dr. Prejean has a unique understanding of the challenges that face students as they work toward their degrees.