Laura J. Kruskall

Director, Nutrition Sciences Program
Associate Professor, School of Integrated Health Sciences
Director, UNLV Nutrition Center
Expertise: Sports Nutrition, Exercise Science, Weight Management, Anti-Inflammatory Eating, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Performance Nutrition


Laura J. Kruskall is the director of UNLV's Nutrition Sciences program, which is housed within the School of Integrated Health Sciences. She is also the founding director of the UNLV Nutrition Center and leads the dietetic internship program.

Kruskall, who joined UNLV in 1999, created the university's nutrition sciences educational programs. She teaches courses on human, sports, and medical nutrition, and additionally has expertise in exercise science, weight management, and anti-inflammatory eating. Her research interests include the relationship between vitamin D and bone health in active individuals and athletes, and the effectiveness of educational community nutrition programs.

A registered dietitian nutritionist and a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, Kruskall holds a certification in adult weight management from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. In addition to her duties at the university, Kruskall is a member of the editorial board for American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal, an ACSM-certified exercise physiologist, a health and wellness collaborator at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and a nutrition consultant and practitioner for Canyon Ranch Spa + Fitness in Las Vegas.


  • B.S., Biology, Mount Saint Mary College
  • M.S., Human Nutrition, Columbia University
  • Ph.D., Nutrition, Penn State University

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"There is still no miracle diet, food, nutrient, or bioactive component that will target abdominal fat," writes Kari D. Pilolla, PhD, RDN, of the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. But a heart-healthy diet high in fiber and low in saturated fats is a great way to prevent and reduce abdominal obesity, according to the article, part of a special theme issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal, focusing on Nutrition.

Articles Featuring Laura J. Kruskall

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Campus News | April 12, 2023

Food Pantry, Nutrition Center cook up unique educational collaborations.

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People | April 5, 2022

Faculty/staff outreach award recipient Laura Kruskall developed a multifaceted approach to address food insecurity while providing opportunities for students.