Nicole Becklem, MS, RD

Nicole Klem.

Nicole Becklem, MS, RD

Nicole Becklem, MS, RD

Special Interests

Adult and community nutrition assessment diagnosis; intervention, and monitoring; culinary nutrition and medicine; contemporary nutrition issues; food policy; sustainability; organic trends; evidence-based medical nutrition therapy.

Overview News Service/Awards


Nicole (Niki) Becklem is a dynamic and accomplished registered dietitian with a diverse background in clinical nutrition, community health, and food behavior research. With a career spanning over a decade, Becklem has consistently demonstrated her dedication to higher education, teaching, and advocating for healthier, more sustainable food practices. Her journey as a nutrition educator and advocate is defined by a blend of innovation and expertise.

As an ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) site reviewer for a decade, Niki has contributed significantly to the quality and standards of nutrition education programs. Her insights and commitment have played a crucial role in shaping the future of dietetics education.

Becklem also is a founding member of the Slow Food chapter in Western New York. This initiative highlights her commitment to promoting the values of sustainable and locally sourced food, aligning perfectly with the broader goals of the Slow Food movement.

Becklem's teaching repertoire is extensive and diverse, encompassing applied courses in the Clinical Nutrition MS program, including:

  • Food Systems
  • Nutrition Education
  • Communication
  • Technology, Leadership 
  • Business, Management
  • Organization
  • Nutrition Interventions, and Community and Population Health


  • Master of science, nutrition and dietetics, D’Youville College                            
  • Bachelor of arts, sociology, Hobart & William Smith Colleges        


  • Nutrition Educators of Dietetics Professionals Practice Group 
  • Food & Culinary Professionals Practice Group 
  • Slow Food USA
  • Great Lakes Region of NYSAND 
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

Selected Publications

Klem NK, Kennedy D; College/University Teaching Kitchens; in The Culinary Medicine Textbook; 2021