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April D Davis, MS, RDN, CDN, ACSM-RCEP

Associate Professor
Director, Graduate Dietetics Program


  • Washington State University, MS, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (Spokane)
  • Washington State University, BS, Exercise Physiology & Metabolism (Spokane)
  • Washington State University, BS, Psychology and Biological Sciences (Pullman)

Past Academic Positions

  • Clinical Assistant Professor: Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, Washington State University Spokane
  • Instructor: Nutrition, Mukogawa Women’s University, Nishinomiya, Japan, Spokane Falls Campus
  • Instructor: Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, Washington State University Spokane
  • Oncology Dietitian & Exercise Specialist/Clinical Preceptor: Cancer Care Northwest, Spokane, WA
  • Nutrition Consultant: People to People Ambassador Program, Airway Heights, WA
  • Clinical Dietitian: St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Spokane, WA
  • Graduate Assistant: Washington State University Spokane, College of Pharmacy
  • Lecturer I: Washington State University Spokane, College of Pharmacy
  • Clinical Pediatric Dietitian: Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Children’s Hospital, Spokane, WA
  • Policy Legislation and Nutrition Research Assistant: Center for Public Health Nutrition, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Counselor & Program Coordinator: Spokane Resource Center, Spokane, WA
  • Family Education Advocate: Federal Even Start Program, Spokane, WA

Selected Research

Kobayashi R, Schwartz CR, Wilson MN, Clauser JM, Mann DP, Purath J, Davis AD, Ododm-Maryon TL, Bray BS, Richardson BB. Interprofessional Student Training Program: An Evaluation of Teaching, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Substance Use. J Soc Work Pract Addict. 2019; 19:1-2, 26-36. DOI: 10.1080/1533256X.2019.1589882

Weeks DL, French BF, Davis AD, Towle LA. Development and validation of the Diabetes Knowledge Assessment Test for use in medical rehabilitation Disabil Rehabil. 2015; 37(9): 802-811.

Weeks DL, Davis AD, Towle LA. The Diabetes Knowledge Assessment Test in Medical Rehabilitation: Reliability, Validity, and Utility. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013; 94(10): e57-e58.

Other Published Scholarly Works (books, book chapters, monographs)

Danko M., Holbrook RK., Davis AD, Beach K., Lee CM. Living & Thriving with Pancreatic Cancer. Greenacres, WA: Provenir Publishing; 2013.

Davis, AD, Madsen, M. Nutrition for HIPEC Treatment. Patient Handbook for Cancer Care Northwest, Spokane, WA; 2013.

Davis AD, Beach K, Lee CM. Battling Pancreas Cancer with Nutrition. Greenacres, WA: Provenir Publishing; 2012


  • The Founding Dean’s Award for Contribution to Culture, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, WSU Health Sciences Spokane, 2020
  • Emerging Dietetic Leader of the Year 2016, Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • WSU Research Exchange, 2012 Academic Showcase Collection Recipient
  • College of Pharmacy Commencement Ceremony Speaker
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration Foundation Gala, Honored Guest
  • Dean C Fletcher Graduate Fellowship in Clinical Nutrition
  • American Dietetic Association Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Grant Activity

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (OGRD #126000-001) Spokane Teaching Health Center Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Student Training. College of Nursing. Barbara A. Richardson – principal investigator. April D. Davis, co-investigator College of Medicine. $779,993. Awarded. 8/19/15 – 8/31/2018.
  • HHS Grant (OGRD# 120838) for Using Interprofessional Education (IPE) to Improve Care for Patients with MCC Initiative. College of Nursing. Cynthia Fitzgerald, Ph.D. – principal investigator. April D. Davis, Consultant for Nutrition – 3% contribution. $1,102,818. Awarded. 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2016.

Additional Information

As the director of the Master of Science Coordinated Program in Dietetics within the Nutrition and Exercise Physiology department, April immensely enjoys working with students and engaging with the local community. Prior to joining NEP in 2014 as full-time faculty, April gained experience as an oncology dietitian, clinical pediatric dietitian, global nutrition and exercise consultant, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation exercise physiologist, and international speaker.

Currently, April’s research interests include associations between lifestyle factors and dementia risk reduction, correlations between specific nutrients and meals plans and enhanced protection against cognitive decline, application of the assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and monitoring and evaluation (ADIME) process to community nutrition, and nutrition and physical activity as integrative therapies throughout the substance use disorder recovery process. Past research has focused on exploring people’s awareness of diabetes and how this information can be used as a guide for prevention and education programs. Information collected from this research was used to validate a diabetes assessment tool, identify strengths and weaknesses in domains of knowledge among patients at risk for or diagnosed with diabetes, encourage individuals at high diabetes risk to be more watchful for symptoms and pursue formal medical screening, and identify beliefs and attitudes surrounding misinformation. April has also developed a nutrition screening and intervention tool that has been implemented at an outpatient cancer treatment center.

April has given numerous lectures, seminars, and workshops on a wide range of topics at local, state, regional, and international professional conferences, including: High Intensity Interval Training for People with Type 2 Diabetes; Nutritional Issues Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment; Malnutrition Screening and Intervention for Patients with Cancer; Exercise Post Breast Cancer Treatment; Vitamin D-iabetes?; Misinformation and Knowledge Gaps Related to Diabetes in Medical Rehabilitation Patients; Skeletal Muscle Plasticity with High Altitude Training; Effect of Aerobic Training on Cardiac Autonomic Regulation in Young Adults; Endothelial Progenitor Cells and Exercise in Children; Effects of Postoperative Exercise Therapy Following Lumbar Discectomy; and Ethnic Food Practices and Type 2 Diabetes in the United States.

Volunteer work plays a vital role in April’s professional and personal growth, serving in multiple positions on the Boards of Directors for Local and State Dietetic Associations, and donating time to facilitate health workshops at churches, schools, and community organizations. April is grateful to have had many unique opportunities in her career. It encourages her to spread her wings and delve into any and all possibilities with an open, creative mindset.


April Davis
April Davis, MS, RDN, CEP
Associate Professor