FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
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Deborah Abel, Ph.D., R.D.

  • Title: Clinical Assistant Professor and Online Pediatric Nutrition Certificate Director
  • E-mail: deabel@fiu.edu
  • Phone: 305-348-7832
  • Office: AHC5 322

Dr. Deborah Abel, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dietetics & Nutrition, has an extensive management background in foodservice and community programs. She has experience in leadership development of pediatric nutrition in academic and clinical settings. She has more than ten years of experience developing pediatric nutrition online courses. These course are taken by students internationally. She has acquired a U.S. patent in a neonatal nutrition assessment system. She understands the importance of early nutrition as the foundation for building a healthy life. For Dr. Abel, excellence in teaching pedagogy is essential. She believes in and adheres to the two following quotations: “our students are our greatest asset” and “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

Research Areas

  • Pediatric nutrition
  • Leadership development in pediatric nutrition
  • Energy and protein intakes of very low birth weight infants
  • Excellence in teaching