Shalene is a registered and licensed dietitian and nutrition scientist with nearly 20 years of experience in food, nutrition and agriculture research and public nutrition education. Dr. McNeill serves as the executive director of Human Nutrition Research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and is the senior nutrition scientist and registered dietitian on staff. In this role, she guides farmers and ranchers in identifying high-quality research to better understand beef’s role in health and then fosters scientific dialogue about beef’s role as a nourishing food. She also leads farmer and rancher supported nutrition programs aimed at helping the public build healthier, enjoyable diets with beef.
Dr. McNeill has authored, co-authored or guest-edited more than 16 manuscripts, on a variety of human nutrition and animal agriculture topics and has presented her research and perspectives to thousands of health professionals around the world. As a recognized meat nutrition expert, she is also frequently quoted and interviewed by national media outlets about nutrition and how to incorporate beef in a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. McNeill is a member of and has held volunteer positions within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), American Society for Nutrition and Institute of Food Technologists. She is a past president of the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND, formerly the Texas Dietetic Association).
Dr. McNeill holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and a doctorate in human nutrition, both from Texas A&M University. She has been a practicing registered and licensed dietitian since 1996. Her favorite beef meal is a grilled strip loin steak paired with seasonal roasted vegetables enjoyed at her family dining table with her husband and two teen aged daughters.