Dr. Daniela Novotny


Biomedical Sciences
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Biomedical Sciences
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Daniela Novotny is a faculty member in the dietetics program in the department of biomedical sciences. She also works as a dietitian at Missouri State University's Magers Health and Wellness Center.
In her role as an educator, Novotny loves working with students to connect the dots between what they learn in the classroom and what they experience or will experience in “real-world” settings. As a dietitian, she enjoys working with people to improve their eating and lifestyle habits.
Before joining Missouri State, Novotny worked as an outpatient dietitian for many years; this allowed her to develop strong skills in counseling and education. She also stays active in the campus community by developing and implementing health/wellness programs for faculty, staff and students.



  • DHSc, area of emphasis in Fundamentals of Education, A.T. Still University
  • MS, Health Promotion and Wellness Management, Missouri State University
  • Dietetic Internship, Barnes Jewish College of Nursing & Allied Health
  • BS, Dietetics, Missouri State University


  •  BMS 240 - Introduction to Nutrition
  •  BMS 300 - Service Learning in Biomedical Sciences
  •  BMS 334 - Introduction to Nutrition Assessment and Sports Nutrition
  •  BMS 335 - Nutritional Assessment
  •  BMS 532 - Human Nutrition and Metabolis

Research and professional interests

  • Complementary and integrative medicine/health
  • Dietetics education
  • Worksite wellness
  • Lifestyle intervention programs

Current Research:

  • The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for Lowering Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in a Worksite Setting
  • The Effects of a Lifestyle Intervention Program (CHIP) for Lowering Chronic Disease Risk Factors 
  • Disordered Eating Attitudes and Behaviors of Dietetics Students


  • Novotny D, Novik M. Attitudes and education of dietetics students about complementary and alternative medicine therapies. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 2015;30(3):209-221.
  • Heiss C, Gara N, Novotny D, Heberle H, Morgan L, Stufflebeam J, & Fairfield M.  Effect of a 1-liter fluid load on body composition measured by air displacement plethysmography and bioelectrical impedance. Journal of Exercise Physiology Online. 2009;12(2).

Recent presentations:

  • Novotny D. Attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine in dietetics students. Poster presented at Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting, April 9-10, 2015.
  • Novotny D, Bowen S. Back to the Basics: An employee wellness survey at Missouri State University. Poster presented at Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting, April 9-10, 2015.
  • Novotny D. Bowen, S. Back to the Basics: An employee wellness survey at Missouri State University. Poster presented at Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference, April 1-3, 2015.
  • “Decoding Dietary Supplements” for MSU Employee Wellness Department; June 22, 2015.
  • “Back to the Basics: Results from the employee wellness survey at MSU” at MSU Employee Wellness Committee meeting; May 28, 2014.

Awards and honors

  • Nominated for 2019 Curtis P. Lawrence Award for Excellence in Advising
  • Nominated for 2016 Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Nominated for 2016 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award, Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Additional resources

Areas of Expertise

Nutrition and dietetics Health and wellness

Media Appearances

7 Foods to Buy When You're Broke
U.S. News & World Report

RD Daniela Novotny offers a few suggestions of what foods to buy when you're on a tight budget.

Nutritionists Share Their Favorite Spring Foods
Southern Living

RD Daniela Novotny shares one of her favorite spring foods.

One Nutrition Professional to Another
Best Colleges

RD Daniela Novotny offers insights about her career as a dietitian.

10 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Flaxseeds
Reader's Digest

RD Daniela Novotny shares the benefits of flaxseeds.

Why Meal Timing Is Important for Better Diabetes Control
U.S. News & World Report

RD Daniela Novotny explains how timing of meals can affect diabetes and weight management.