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Lina Begdache, PhD, RDN, CDN, CNS-S, FAND

Associate Professor

Health and Wellness Studies


Lina Begdache is an associate professor in the Health and Wellness Studies Division of Binghamton’s Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has a background in nutrition sciences and dietetics, as well as cell and molecular biology, with a concentration in neurosciences. 

She is a registered dietitian-nutritionist and a certified nutrition specialist-scholar, as well as a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Begdache’s research interest is nutrition at the cellular and genetic level, with a special interest in the brain. Her research projects include the impact of nutrition and lifestyle factors on neurobehaviors, mood and mental health.

  • ACEND Accredited Dietetic Internship, The Sage Colleges
  • Certified Nutrition Specialist-Scholar
  • Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist
  • Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


  • BS, American University of Beirut
  • MS, SUNY Buffalo
  • PhD, Binghamton University

Research Interests

  • Nutritional neuroscience
  • Diet, sleep, exercise, substance abuse and mental distress
  • Customization of diet and lifestyle factors to optimize mental wellbeing
  • Gender and different age-groups based on brain maturity


  • 2019, Best professor-voted by Binghamton University senior’s class
  • 2018, Career Champion- Fleishman Center, Binghamton University
  • 2018, Outstanding reviewer- Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
  • 2018, Certificate of Appreciation- NYS Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • 2015, Engaged Faculty Fellow for Teaching Excellence
  • 2014, Outstanding Dietetic Student-NY State Dietetic Association
  • 2014, Recognition Award-Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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