Rena Mendelson (MS, DSc, RD) has taught in the School of Nutrition at Toronto Metropolitan University for more than thirty years. She teaches the Nutrition and Metabolism course, Communications and a senior seminar course on energy balance. She was director of the school and has also served at the university as the associate vice president academic and first dean of Graduate Studies. Mendelson was the principal investigator of the Ontario Food Survey and is working on a study of the Canadian landscape of nutrition marketing of foods. She served on the Toronto Metropolitan University Board of Governors, chaired the Board of the Canadian Council on Food and Nutrition and was a member of the Transitional Council of the Ontario College of Dietitians. Mendelson currently acts as the nutrition section head for the Canadian Obesity Network. She is the 2008 Faculty Teaching Award recipient for the President's Award for Teaching Excellence and is an inaugural award winner of the Maurice Yeates Graduate School Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award.
- Food marketing issues in the Canadian landscape.
- Issues in childhood obesity.
- The Ontario Food Survey Mendelson was the Principal Investigator for The Report of the Ontario Food Survey. The Report on the Ontario Food Survey was provided to fulfill a national objective of surveying each of the provinces as proposed by Health Canada (1996) through the Health Protection Branch (HPB).
- Yeates Graduate School Award, 2012.
- President’s Teaching Award, 2009.