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

Wine Enthusiast
April 15, 2021
As the Black Death, also known as the Black Plague, ravaged Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s, people became increasingly desperate for any iota of respite. Some tried blood-letting. Others opted for rubbing onions—or, in some cases, a chopped snake—directly onto their infected boils.
Las Vegas Weekly
March 16, 2021
The theme song of an ’80s sitcom goes, “You take the good, you take the bad/You take them both and there you have/The facts of life.” The same can be said of our gut microbiome, the complex system—comprising 300 to 500 species of good and bad bacteria—that affects not just our digestive system but also has links to mental health, autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, cancer and more.
Las Vegas Weekly
January 30, 2021
The pandemic has done a number on our stomachs. We’re mostly stuck at home—whether working remotely or just staying safe in quarantine. And it’s too easy to just snack all day.
WalletHub
September 28, 2020
About ten million U.S. adults are vegan or vegetarian. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest lifestyle to adopt, as finding meatless options at restaurants and supermarkets can be a challenge. Plus, even though some experts say forgoing animal products could save you at least $750 per year, certain specialty foods can be expensive. Despite the cost, though, synthetic meat sales have received a bump this year because of meat shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some meat eaters who switched to vegetarian or vegan options out of necessity may decide to stay once they’ve had a taste.

Articles Featuring Samantha Coogan

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Campus News | April 14, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.
Campus News | February 3, 2021
A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.
Campus News | April 9, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s response to COVID-19 and faculty experts who have helped the community make sense of the pandemic and its impact to daily life.
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Business and Community | March 23, 2020
UNLV experts provide tips and tricks for your dinner, workout routine.