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Barbara Shorter

Dr. Barbara Shorter RD, CDN

Professor of Nutrition

B.S. Hunter CollegeM.A. New York UniversityEd.M., Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University


Dr. Barbara Shorter began her career at LIU Post in 1986, when the Nutrition Department was first established.  After a short time teaching as an adjunct professor, she was invited to play a role as one of the core faculty who would build the didactic program. Dr. Shorter became the Director of the Undergraduate Nutrition Program and was subsequently responsible for the first self-study document.  In 1993, she took a hiatus, then returned to the same position at Post in 2001, when she was again responsible for the second self-study document.  Dr. Shorter held the position of Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics for 15years.  After that, she stepped down to a faculty line where she was able to focus on research with food sensitivities and Chronic Pelvic Pain.

Dr. Shorter, an international expert on Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome(IC/BPS) and food sensitivities, is known for her landmark research published in the Journal of Urology, entitled “Effects of Comestibles on Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome”.  These findings have been cited in the American Urological Association 2011 Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines for IC/BPS patients. Her research is also cited in Campbell-Walsh’s Urology (2016); the premier textbook for Urologists.  Barbara was a presenter at the National Institute of Health (NIH) 2014 meeting entitled “Path to Prevent Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women”, and has spoken at Podium Sessions for both the American Urological Association and the Society for Inflammation and Infections in Urology.  She has also lectured for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National meeting, the New Yok State Dietetics meeting and the Long Island Dietetics Association meeting.

In 2009 Dr. Shorter was invited to join the faculty of the Smith Institute for Urology, Northwell   Health System where she actively participates in research as well as counseling urology patients.  Barbara has authored/co-authored numerous articles published in the Journal of Urology, British Journal of Urology International, International Urology and Nephrology, Urology, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Today, AUA News, Topics in Clinical Nutrition and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Group Newsletters.   She wrote chapters on diet therapy for IC/BPS patients for two urology texts: “Dietary Therapy” in Urological and Gynecological Chronic Pelvic Pain: Current Therapies Springer Publishing (2017) and  Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome Bladder Pain Syndrome: A Guide for Clinicians, Springer Press, (2013) as well as Collide: Styles, Structures and ideas in Disciplinary Writing, Pearson Publishing. In addition, she was a peer reviewer for the 2011 AUA Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of IC/BPS. She worked with Pro-Change Behavioral Systems, Inc. and a team of IC experts, to develop an on line patient self-help module based on the Transtheoretical Model of Behavioral Change, for IC patients. Barbara is also a Medical Advisory Board Member of the Interstitial Cystitis Association. 

Dr. Shorter has been a guest speaker for the Interstitial Cystitis Association, the Interstitial Cystitis Network, the CW Post/LIU Honors Program, Northwell Health Department of Urology, the North Shore – LIJ Health System Men’s Health Program, the North Shore-LIJ Monter Cancer Center, the Dr. Melanie Barton World Talk Radio show.  Dr. Shorter has been interviewed for numerous articles in the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) Update, Newsday and other Women’s magazines.

Community Volunteer Experience

In July 2016 and July 2017, Dr. Shorter took students and alumni from the undergraduate Nutrition Program at LIU Post, to volunteer at the Tumaini Junior and Senior Schools in Karatu, Tanzania.  LIU students worked with the Tumaini faculty and students at the Tanzanian schools to provide nutrition education.  LIU students also taught arts and crafts, yoga and sports activities.  Involvement in the lives of African people have given LIU Post students an opportunity to make an impact globally, gain experience in the field of nutrition and health and as her students say, “participate in a life changing experience”.


Nutrition Education

Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome

Kidney Stones


Peer Reviewed Publications/Abstracts
  • Co-author, Obesity with Comorbid Stress Urinary Incontinence in Women: A Narrative Review, J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 
  • Co-author, Influence of polyunsaturated fatty acids on urologic inflammation, International Urology and Nephrology, Sept. 2015
  • Co-author, Nutritional Considerations for Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 
  • Author, Statistical Validation of the Shorter-Moldwin Food Sensitivity Questionnaire for Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS) Patients. J Urol 2014
  • Co-author, Effects of Foods and Beverages on Symptoms of Prostatitis, 2013: Urology,  
  • Co-author, Diet and its Role in Interstitial Cystitis and Co-morbid Conditions. Chapter 19,  Bladder Pain Syndrome: A Guide for Clinicians edited by Jorgen Nordling, Wyndaele, J., Van de Merwe, PB. et al. 2012.
  • Author,  Nutrition Facts for Kidney Stone Patients, Patient booklet, Smith Institute for Urology, North Shore-LIJ Health System, 2012.
  • Co-author, Medical Residents and Nutrition Support in Critical Care: A Survey of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice Topics in Clinical Nutrition 2011
  • Author, “Dietary Changes Can Make a Difference in IC Patients with Food Sensitivities” Nutrition Today, 2010
  • Co-author Understanding the Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome Diet, 2009 Interstitial Cystitis Association.
  • Co-author, “Differences in Food Sensitivities Between Female Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome and Chronic Prostatitis/ Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome Patients”  Abstract, American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2009, Poster Session.
  • Co-author,   ‘The Effects of Foods, Beverages and Supplements on the Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome” American Urological Association Annual Meeting  Orlando Florida, 2008, Podium Session. 
  • Co-author, “Novel Use of Questionnaires to Differentiate Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome From Interstitial Cystitis/ Painful Bladder Syndrome”   American Urological Association annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, 2008.  Poster Session
  • Author, “Effect of Comestibles on Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis.”    Journal of Urology, 2007; 
  • Author, “Patients Hoping to Alleviate Pain Collide Against the Unknown Forces of the Disease.”  Collide: Styles, Structures, and Ideas in Disciplinary Writing.  Pearson MA Publishers 2007
  • Author, “The Potential Role of Diet in the Treatment of Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome.”  Topics in Clinical Nutrition 2006
  • Co-author, “The Effects of Comestibles on the Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis” Urological  Association Education and Research Inc., Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association, Atlanta Georgia  Poster Session  2006
  • Co-author, “The Effects of Foods, Beverages and Supplements on the Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis.”  New York State Dietetic Association 76th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Rye Brook, New York, Poster Session 2006
  • Co-author, “The Effects of Foods, Beverages and Supplements on the Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis.”  National Bladder Foundation 2005 International Bladder Symposium, Baltimore, MD, Poster Session 2005
  • Co-author, “Prevalent Use of Dietary Supplements Among People Who Exercise at a Commercial Gym.” International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2004 
Book Chapters
• Author, “Dietary Therapy” in Urological and Gynecological Chronic Pelvic Pain: Current Therapies, Springer Publishing: USA. 2017
• Co-author, “Chapter 19: Diet and its Role in Interstitial Cystitis and Co-morbid Conditions” in. Bladder Pain Syndrome: A Guide for Clinicians. Springer Science Publisher; 2012.
• Author, “Patients Hoping to Alleviate Pain Collide Against the Unknown Forces of the Disease” in Collide: Styles, Structures, and Ideas in Disciplinary Writing. Pearson MA Publishers; 2007.


• Induction into Alpha Eta, Honor Society for the Allied Health Professionals 2017
• Professor of the Week, the LIU Pioneer Newspaper, LIU Post, 2017
• Recipient, 2015 Long Island Dietetic Association Dietitian of the Year
• Recipient, Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Patient Education ICA Patient
Forum 2013
• Academic Competition of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System    First Prize for Outstanding Poster Presentation,  2009
• Author, Top-Rated Article for October. Urology Insights, Oct 2007

Professional Affiliations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association)
Long Island Dietetic Association
Interstitial Cystitis Association
American Urological Association