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Shannan M. Grant

Associate Professor, Registered Dietitian, Department of Applied Human Nutrition, Faculty of Professional Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University

Dr. Grant identifies as a Scientist, Registered Dietitian (RD), Dietetic Educator and lifelong learner. The focus of her research program (named GrantLab) is community-based and practice-based research, that can be conceptualized as two pillars: 1) Nutrition Care Process/ Medical Nutrition Therapy and 2) Community Outreach and Program Development

Dr. Grant has practiced as a dietitian and wellness professional in several practice settings, including 15-20 years in clinical (including primary, acute care, inpatient and outpatient settings) and community nutrition (including rural, remote, and urban settings). She was core faculty for York University’s Health Coach Program (for five years), an internationally recognized program that trains allied healthcare professionals (including nurses, dietitians, dentists, medical doctors) in contemporary evidence-based counseling, conflict resolution, record keeping and modification communication techniques. A recipient of several awards for her contributions to patient care, communication and education (e.g. The Alumni Early Career Teaching Award [2021], Diabetes Canada Canadian Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group Award of Excellence [2020]), Dr. Grant is a passionate believer that education activities inform research and practice and vice versa.

GrantLab trains highly qualified personnel (HQP) to develop the knowledge and skills needed to become engaged in all parts of the knowledge-to-action process and to support ongoing exchange about nutrition and foods and complementary approaches to prevention and treatment of disease.

Current projects centre around the following: Two-Eyed Seeing, Shared Decision Making, Integrative Knowledge Translation, Critical Pedagogy, and Train-the-Trainer Model

GrantLab strives to engage in participatory and inclusive approaches, while maintaining academic excellence and scientific rigor.


  • 2015–present
    Associate professor, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • 2017–present
    Adjunct professor, Dalhousie University
  • 2017–present
    Affiliated Scientist , IWK Health


  • 2015 
    University of Toronto , PhD
  • 2007 
    University of Toronto , MSc
  • 2007 
    St Michael's Hospital , RD
  • 2004 
    St Francis Xavier University , BScHon
  • 2002 
    Cape Breton University , BSc