Laura J. Kruskall
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