Catherine Rogers-McManus, PhD, RDN, LD

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
School of Medicine
Vice Chair for Education
Department of Nutrition
School of Medicine

Catherine McManus is a licensed, Registered Dietitian & Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition. Dr. McManus also serves as the Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Nutrition, where she is responsible for the oversight and strategic visioning in all domains related to departmental academic programming and provides leadership to support, promote and enhance excellence in teaching. Her research and expertise focuses on the development and implementation of community-based nutrition interventions, particularly interventions that utilize culinary medicine as a methodology to improve health outcomes of high-risk populations. The high-risk populations her research focuses on include pediatric populations with chronic disease, specifically type 1 diabetes and childhood obesity, and underserved maternal and pediatric populations. Dr. McManus’ expertise in type 1 diabetes has afforded her the opportunity to hold numerous national leadership roles, including Co-Chair of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics’ expert panel committee on type 1 diabetes, member of the scientific advisory committee for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and member of the clinical and research advisory committee for the College Diabetes Network.

Prior to joining the CWRU faculty, Dr. McManus worked in an array of sectors, including industry, academia, clinical and public health. While she has enjoyed working in these various sectors, she has found the academic sector to be the most rewarding, as her true passion lies in educating the next generation of nutrition and health professionals. She does so by teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in the department and leading a variety of nutrition education lectures and initiatives with CWRU medical students.

Dr. McManus completed her undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and completed the combined dietetic internship and Master’s degree program through University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University to become a Registered Dietitian and earn her Master’s degree. After working for several years in the field, she then returned to The Ohio State University to complete her PhD in nutrition.

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Pediatrics
  • Women's health
  • Nutrition communication and behavior change
  • Lifestyle and preventive medicine

Courses Taught

NTRN | 300 |.|Healthy Lifestyles as Preventive Medicine
NTRN 320. Women’s Wellness – From Food & Nutrition to Reproductive Health & Aging
NTRN 328. Child Nutrition, Development and Health
NTRN 337/437. Nutrition Communication, Counseling & Behavior Change
NTRN 343. Dietary Patterns
NTRN 399G/499G. Ikaria, Greece Study Abroad Trip

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Culinary medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Public health/community nutrition
  • Lifestyle/preventive medicine
  • Health disparities
  • Childhood obesity
  • Intervention development & implementation

Research Projects

  • Diabetes Inspired Culinary Education (DICE): An Innovative Approach to Type 1 Diabetes Management through Culinary Medicine
  • Advancing Women's Health Awareness & Education
  • Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine (CALM): Integrating & Advocating for Registered Dietitians as Leaders in Culinary Medicine

Awards and Honors

Diabetes Nutritional Science & Metabolism 2021 Abstract Award
2021
American Diabetes Association
Marie & August LoPresti Sr. Endowment Fund Faculty Development Award
2021
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Abbott Nutrition Award in Women’s Health
2021
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Research & Professional Development Grant
2021
Case Western Reserve University
Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Nominee
2021
Case Western Reserve University
Mary Abbott Hess Award, Recognition of an Innovative Food/Culinary Effort
2020
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Online Learning Fellow
2019
Case Western Reserve University
Outstanding Faculty Advocate Award
2017
Case Western Reserve University

Education

PhD
Nutrition
The Ohio State University
2017
MS
Nutrition
Case Western Reserve University
2010
BS
Dietetics
The Ohio State University
2009
Certificate
Advanced Culinary Medicine
Tulane University
2018
Certificate
Everest Emotional Intelligence
Harvard University
2018
Certificate
Culinary Coaching Certificate
Institute of Lifestyle Medicine - Harvard Medical School
2020

Residencies, Internships and Fellowships

Dietetic Internship
University Hospitals of Cleveland
2010