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Jennifer S. Zabinsky, MAEd, RD

Adjunct Instructor
  • Focus area(s): Performance nutrition and eating disorders


MAEd, Education, Curriculum, and Instruction with a focus on Instructional Technology (ITMA), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2013

BS, Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise, Option: Dietetics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2009

BA, Sociology, Roanoke College, 2005


January 2020 – present: Owner and Lead Dietitian, Private Practice Nutrition Counseling for Sports Performance & Eating Disorders, Bliss Nutrition, Blacksburg, VA

July 2019 – present: Performance Nutrition Consultant, Virginia Tech Athletics Department, Blacksburg, VA

Aug 2018 – present: Adjunct Instructor, Department of Human, Nutrition, Foods & Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

July 2011 – June 2019: Associate Athletics Director of Sports Nutrition, Virginia Tech Athletics, Blacksburg, VA

Aug 2010 - Aug 2011 – Sports Nutrition Consultant, Radford University Athletics Department, Radford, VA

Selected Major Awards

  • 2018 – Outstanding Recent Alumna, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • 2018 –  Outstanding Recent Undergraduate Alumni, Virginia Tech Department Human, Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
  • 2010 – Outstanding Virginia Dietetic Intern
  • 2018 – Co-investigator, “Assessment of Omega 3 Fatty Acid Intake in Collegiate Athletes”, Peter Ritz
  • 2018 – Co-investigator, “Validating Performance Hydration in Elite Golfers”, Whitney Stevenson
  • 2017 – Co-investigator, “Vitamin D, Athletic Performance, and Health”, Michelle Rockwell
  • 2016 – Co-investigator, “Active Recovery and Soccer Performance”, Pat O’Brien
  • 2011-2019 – Numerous studies on Ferritin as it relates to Collegiate Athletic Performance

Reviewed Journals

  • Ritz PP, Rogers MB, Zabinsky JS, Hedrick VE, Rockwell JA, Rimer EG, et al. (2020) Dietary and Biological Assessment of the Omega-3 Status of Collegiate Athletes: A Cross-Sectional Analysis. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0228834.
  • Rockwell, Michelle & Frisard, Madlyn & Rankin, Janet & Zabinsky, Jennifer & Mcmillan, Ryan & You, Wen & Davy, Kevin & Hulver, Matthew. (2019). Effects of Seasonal Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Strength, Power, and Body Composition in College Swimmers. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 30. 1-9. 10.1123/ijsnem.2019-0250.