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Ellen Speiden Parham

Ellen Speiden Parham, American nutrition educator. Registered dietitian; licensed clinical professional counselor. Recipient Fisher award, Northern Illinois University College Health and Human Services, 2001, Sullivan award, 2002, Northern Illinois Amazing Woman award, 2006.


  • Parham, Ellen Speiden was born on July 15, 1938 in Mitchells, Virginia, United States. Daughter of Marion Coote and Rebecca Virginia (McNiel) Speiden.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition, University Tennessee, 1967. MSEd in Counseling, Northern Illinois University, 1994.


    • Assistant professor to professor nutrition Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1966—2003, coordinator programs in dietetics, 1981—1986, 1990—2003, coordinator graduate faculty school family, consumer, nutrition science, 1985-1987, interim chair School Applied Health Professions, 2005—2006. State coordinator Illinois Homeland Security Educational Alliance, since 2006. Consultant on nutrition various hospitals, clinics and business, Illinois, 1980-1988.

      Founder, director Horizons Weight Control Program, DeKalb, 1983-1991. Founder, leader "Escaping the Tyranny of the Scale" Group, since 1994. Co-chair Nutrition Coalition for Illinois, 1989-1990.

      Partner, manager Blue Chicory Arts, since 1986. Adjunct counselor Center for Counsel, Family Service Agency of DeKalb County.

    Major achievements

    • Registered dietitian. Licensed clinical professional counselor.


    • Board editors Journal Nutrition Education, 1985-1990, 97—2005, Journal American Dietetic Association, 1991-1997. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Member American Institute Nutrition, Society Nutrition Education, American Dietetic Association (named Illinois Outstanding Dietetics Educator 2001, Excellence in Dietetics Education award 2001), Society Nutrition Education (treasurer 1991-1994, chair division nutrition and weight realities 1995-1996, chair journal committee 2002-2005, Weight Realities Certified of Achievement 1999), North America Association Study Obesity.



    Painting in watercolor, gardening, reading.


    • Married Arthur Robert Parham, Junior, December 16, 1961. Children: Katharine Alma, Cordelia Alyx.
    • father: Marion Coote Speiden
    • mother: Rebecca Virginia (McNiel) Speiden
    • spouse: Arthur Robert Parham
    • children: Katharine Alma Parham
    • Cordelia Alyx Parham
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