Cynthia Radnitz


School of Psychology - Metropolitan Campus

Courses I Teach

Undergraduate: Theories of Personality
Graduate: Behavioral Assessment, Teaching Seminar, Advanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Research Interests

  • Vegetarianism and mood
  • Vegetarianism and Health
  • Healthy eating in young children,
  • School-based obesity prevention,
  • Optimal Defaults as a behavior change strategy.

Clinical Interests

Older Adolescents and Adults, especially psychosomatic, anxiety, ocd, depressive, and substance use disorders. Also,  persons with disabilities.

Recent Publications

        Goldman, R., Radnitz, C. L., & McGrath, R. (2012). The role of family variables in fruit and vegetable consumption in preschool children. Journal of Public Health Research, 1:e22, 143-148.

        Sparks, M. & Radnitz, C. (2012). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Children's Eating Behaviour Questionnaire in a low-income sample. Eating Behaviors, 13(3), 267-270.

       Sparks, M. & Radnitz, C. (2013). Child Disinhibition, Parent Restriction, and Child Body Mass Index in Low-income Preschool Families. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45(1), 82-85.

        Radnitz, C. (2014). Applying the Argument from Marginal Cases to the protection of animal subjects in research: A blueprint for studying nonhuman animals in a post-vivisection world. Journal of Critical Animal Studies, 12(2) 51-83.

        Radnitz, C., Loeb, K. L., DiMatteo, J., Keller, K. L., Zucker, N. & Schwartz, M. B. (2013). Optimal Defaults in the Prevention of Pediatric Obesity: From Platform to Practice. Journal of Food and Nutritional Disorders, 2(5), 1-8.

        DiMatteo, J., Radnitz, C., Zibulsky, J., Brown, J., DeLeasa, C. & Jacobs, S. (2014). Is Energy Conservation Education Effective? An Evaluation of the Powersave Schools Program. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 13, 1–10.

         Radnitz, C., Beezhold, B. & DiMatteo, J. (2015). Investigation of lifestyle choices of individuals following a vegan diet for health and ethical reasons. Appetite, 90, 31-36.

        Beezhold, B., Radnitz, C., Rinne, A. & DiMatteo, J. (2015). Vegans report less stress and anxiety than omnivores. Nutritional Neuroscience, 18(7), 289-296.

         Cravener, T. L., Schlechter, H., Loeb, K. L., Radnitz, C., Schwartz, M., Zucker, N., Finkelstein, S., Y. Wang, Y.C., Rolls, B.J., & Keller, K.L. (2015). Feeding strategies derived from behavioral economics can increase vegetable intake in children as part of a home-based intervention. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 115, 1798-1807.


Recipient of the 1999 Garrett Award from APA Division 22(Rehabilitation Psychology) for early career development.

Recipient of the 2001 Emerging Research Award from the New Jersey Psychological Association

Licensed in New Jersey and New York

Links of interest:

Practice Website
New Jersey Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists

Short Abstract

My background in clinical and health psychology and in behavioral interventions  converged to an interest in the bidirectional impact of environmental factors on health behaviors and in studying the effect of food choices on both mood and health.  Together with a colleague from Benedictine College in Chicago, we have published two papers, one examining linkages between vegetarian and vegan diets and mood, and the other investigating food and lifestyle choices in those choosing a vegan diet for either health or ethical reasons. We have also gathered data for two other projects, which are in the data cleaning/analysis stage. These studies examined food and diet choices in men and women ages 45-80 and their relationship to hormonal/sexual functioning. We are planning two additional studies of food and diet choices which will investigate linkages to cognitive functioning.

In collaboration with both colleagues and students, I have carried out several projects in the area of healthy eating in early childhood. We have published four papers examining a facet of the food landscape of young children (e.g. healthy and unhealthy food cues in television programs, modeling, parent behaviors). More recently, in collaboration with Katharine Loeb and other colleagues and students, I have studied the impact of default manipulation on both food choices and consumption in both controlled and naturalistic settings. Specifically, we have completed five studies (one published) and one published concept paper on the effect of defaults on eating behavior. The other manuscripts are in preparation for submission.

In addition to these research interests, I enjoy teaching three doctoral level courses (Teaching Seminar, Behavioral Assessment, Advanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), and serving in an administrative capacity as Externship Coordinator. I supervise both clinical cases and doctoral dissertations and co-chair the Green Campus Committee on the Metro campus.

University College
School of Psychology
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road, (T-WH1-01)
Teaneck, NJ 07666