Faculty & Staff



Josephine Connolly-Schoonen, PhD, RD

Executive Director, Stony Brook Medicine Nutrition Division

Director, Dietetic Internship

Dr. Connolly-Schoonen, author of Losing Weight Permanently with the Bull's Eye Food Guide (Bull Publishing, 2004), is a registered dietitian and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine.  She is the Executive Director of the Stony Brook Medicine Nutrition Division in the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine.  Her expertise is in the area of nutritional management of obesity and related chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, from both the individual and public health perspective.  In addition, she directs a series of public health nutrition projects funded by the New York State Department of Health since 1994.  The purpose of these projects is to establish policies and procedures in community agencies, such as schools, childcare facilities and worksites, to improve the quality of food available to clients served and decrease the prevalence of obesity.  She received a Bachelor's degree in nutrition from Cornell University, a Master of Science degree in nutrition with a minor in exercise physiology from the Pennsylvania State University, and her doctoral degree in Sociology from Stony Brook University.  


Leah Holbrook, MS, RD

Clinical Instructor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine
Associate Director, Graduate Nutrition Programs

Leah Holbrook received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Long Island University and completed her Masters of Science in Health Care Policy and Management from Stony Brook University. Before helping to launch the online graduate nutrition program in 2012, Ms. Holbrook had coordinated several NYSDOH funded projects including the Heart Links Project and the LI Center for Pediatric Obesity Prevention.  Ms. Holbrook currently serves as the associate director of the graduate nutrition program, while also teaching several courses within the program. Her areas of interest include maternal and child nutrition and local, sustainable food systems. Named Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador 2019


Sotiria Everett, EdD, RD

Clinical Instructor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine

Dr. Everett is a Registered Dietitian and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine’s Nutrition Division. She joined Stony Brook University in January 2016 and will be teaching courses in the Graduate Nutrition Program, advising graduate students and dietetic interns, and supporting departmental projects and research. Prior to joining Stony Brook University, Dr. Everett was the program nutritionist at the Katz Institute for Women’s Health at Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ) where she created a comprehensive ambulatory nutrition program as part of an integrated health care service. In addition, Dr. Everett worked as a Clinical Nutritionist II at the Hospital for Special Surgery for 9 years where she worked as an inpatient dietitian, nutritionist at the Women’s Sports Medicine Center, and nutritionist for the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program for Lupus Patients in the Division of Rheumatology.  Dr. Everett received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology, with a Minor in Modern Greek from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Doctoral degree in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Named Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador 2022


Lorraine Danowski, PhD, RD

Clinical Instructor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine
Associate Director, Dietetic Internship

Ms. Danowski received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from the State University of New York at Oneonta and her Master's Degree in Nutritional Science from Long Island University at CW Post. Ms. Danowski received a PhD in December 2017. Ms. Danowski has over 15 years of experience in the field of nutrition, including 13 years in clinical nutrition, 7 years in nutrition support, 2 years in sales of nutrition-related products and 5 years in food service management. She has taught in college and university settings for 4 years. Ms. Danowski was instrumental in the development of the SUNY Stony Brook Dietetic Internship, serving on the Advisory Board and writing curriculum. She served as president of the Long Island Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Her areas of interest include nutrition support, pediatrics, diabetes and food service management.


Genna Hymowitz, PhD
Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Genna Hymowitz is a psychologist at the Stony Brook Medicine Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center, the Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program of the L. Krasner Psychological Center, and a clinical assistant professor in the departments of psychology, psychiatry, and surgery. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University, and she completed her doctoral training at Stony Brook University.  Dr. Hymowitz provides individual and group evidence-based psychological interventions for weight management, smoking cessation, chronic pain, and insomnia, and depression and anxiety related to chronic medical illnesses.  Her research focuses on investigating biopsychosocial factors related to chronic medical conditions including obesity and gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders. 


Kristine Lopez, MS, RD

Adjunct Instructor

Kristine Lopez attended LIU/CW Post where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition as well as a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She has extensive experience as a clinical nutritionist with all patient populations and currently works in the critical care setting. Kristine has worked for over ten years as a Clinical Nutritionist at Stony Brook Medicine. Prior to that she worked for almost ten years at Nassau University Medical Center. In addition to inpatient nutrition care in the fast paced university setting she has also lectured at LISPEN, Stony Brook Medicine and in the community, discussed nutrition topics for the local media, and precepts dietetic interns. In addition, Kristine has been a Certified Diabetes Educator since 1995.




Sharon Schmidt, MBA
Senior Academic Coordinator, Graduate Nutrition Program and Dietetic Internship Program

Sharon Schmidt received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Binghamton University and a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from Hofstra University.  She handles all administrative issues with the Graduate Nutrition Program and the Dietetic Internship Program.  Her responsibilities will include administration issues related to Admissions, course scheduling, Blackboard, website development and maintenance, reporting, and textbook requests.

Commencement at Stony Brook University