CPSDA Special Interest Groups

The purpose of a special interest group is to focus on education, collaboration and community within a niche employment sector while also elevating the next generation.

College Football

Chair: Amy Bragg, RD, LD

Committee: Peter Ritz, Kelsee Gomes, Amy Culp, Abigail O'Connor, Leah Thomas, Tiffany Campbell, Bryan Snyder, Brooke Helmes

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Member Benefits

  • Football specific education and community
  • CFB Connect: Monthly calls with educational topic and group interaction
  • Access to Slack group for communication
  • Creating NCAA Advocacy Panel to advance football nutrition issues
  • Conference-specific discussions around benchmarking for staff, structure and resources to better serve football RD needs

Who Can Join: Open to CPSDA Sports RD members currently working in, or interested in, college football

Combat & Weight Class Sports

Chair: Clint Wattenberg, MS, RD, CSSD

Committee: Beth McCall, Nuwanee Kirihennedige & Elaine Wanstreet

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Member Benefits

  • Connection, communication, and networking through designated E-list to ask questions, discuss research and share best practices
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Student-focused education around this niche area of practice
  • Collaborative network of members for problem solving complex cases and new topics
  • Awareness of job opportunities specific to combat and weight class sports
  • Annual summit to learn from domestic and global experts and build network for success
  • Annual webinar to highlight and learn about timely combat and weight class sport nutrition topic areas

Who Can Join: Open to any CPSDA member currently working with Combat & Weight Class Sport athletes or interested in practicing in these areas.


Chair: Kelsey Bailey, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS

Committee: Chelsea Burkart, MS, RD, CSSD, Megan Lautz, MS, RD, CSCS, TSAC-F, Elise Ramirez, MS, RD, CSSD, Justin Robinson, MA, RD, CSSD, CSCS, TSAC-F, FAFS

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Member Benefits

  • E-list access to engage with tactical RDs, ask questions, discuss research, share best practices, and more
  • Webinars with subject matter experts and practical application to bring into your practice
  • Journal club with group discussion to increase awareness of emerging research in this field
  • Students will have the opportunity to be matched with Performance Dietitians working in various tactical settings including military, fire, rescue and law enforcement settings for mentorship
  • Professionals will have the opportunity to mentor students, advocate for growth in the profession, and expand knowledge and capabilities in your day to day practice
  • Practical take-aways for putting education into practice
  • Discounts to the annual Tactical Nutrition Summit

Who Can Join: Open to any CPSDA member working or interested in the tactical and public safety sector.


SIGs are open to active CPSDA members only.

The membership fee for each special interest group is $25. Each year, registration will open on June 1st and will expire on May 31st the following year. Registration is open throughout the year, however all memberships regardless of when you register, will expire on May 31st.

If your CPSDA membership expires, you will no longer have access to the SIG.