Samantha Coogan

Director, Didactic Program in Nutrition & Dietetics
Expertise: Diet, Human nutrition, Food science, Lifecycle nutrition, Community nutrition, Food & ethnic issues

Biography

Samantha Coogan is an expert in nutrition, food and ethnic issues, and dietetics. 

In 2016, Coogan joined UNLV's Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences Department, where she serves as director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics and community liaison for the dietetic internship program. Courses taught by Coogan include sports nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, and food science. She also works as the UNLV football team's nutrition coordinator.

Coogan is president of the Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also a member of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition dietetic practice group; the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors practice group; and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Education

  • M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.S., Nutrition Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Samantha Coogan In The News

Openfit
November 8, 2019
Ever heard of L-theanine? Found in green tea (itself a veritable superfood), L-theanine is a lesser-known amino acid. Touted for its umami content, L-theanine is believed to support a sense of relaxation.
Openfit
October 7, 2019
When it comes to weight loss, can cutting added sugar help — or can the sweet stuff still have a place in your diet when you’re trying to shed some pounds? Yes — but it depends on the person. On average, we consume 300 calories worth of added sugars every day so cutting sugar can be an easy way to start “cleaning up” your diet.
Openfit
September 26, 2019
If you’ve considered changing your eating habits, you’ve likely wondered: What is the healthiest diet? It seems like every day you hear about a new one. Some of them are easy to write off as an unhealthy fad diet (hello, cabbage soup diet and carnivore diet!). Others seem like they might be helpful for your health or even promote weight loss.
Openfit
September 26, 2019
There are plenty of reasons to choose to eat a vegan diet — your health, the environment, a love of animals. But can you lose weight on a vegan diet?

Articles Featuring Samantha Coogan

People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus NewsNovember 1, 2019
A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
A group of four UNLV nursing students work on a manikin at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas.
Campus NewsSeptember 25, 2019
A collection of news stories capturing the excitement of UNLV’s campus in June, July and August.
spoon pours candy sprinkles atop pile of white sugar
ResearchJuly 17, 2019
How does the body react when you nix sugar from your diet? UNLV nutritionist Samantha Coogan shares a winning solution for withdrawal symptoms, and what to expect when they’re over.
Campus NewsMarch 4, 2019
Packing your lunch doesn’t have to stop once you grow up. UNLV nutritionist offers tips on how to pack a healthy, affordable midday meal.