LesLee K. Funderburk Ph.D, RD, CSSD, CSCS

Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences
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Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutrition Sciences

Education:

  • Ph.D. University of Washington
  • MS, Central Michigan University
  • BS, Eastern Washington University

Associations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - National Association of Sports Commissions

Courses:

  • Research Methods
  • Nutrition Education and Counseling
  • Life Cycle Nutrition

Background:

As a registered dietitian, I have worked in a variety of specialty areas including health promotion, food service management, clinical dietetics and management. Upon earning my PhD from the University of Washington, I was assigned to a research position at Fort Bragg NC, where I led a team that conducted weight management and dining facility modification studies. From that time forward, I have been involved in research focused on improving quality nutrition intake and promotion of healthy body weight and composition. My career path has afforded me the opportunity to be involved in the administrative aspect of research from being an IRB board member, IRB chair and Human Protections Administrator. Prior to joining the Baylor University team as an Assistant Professor, I was the director for the US Army-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition at Fort Sam Houston, TX. Being a faculty member at Baylor University provides the unique opportunity to incorporate faith into teaching and research.

Research:

My research interests are focused on the promotion of quality nutritional intake, supplements, healthy body weight and composition. A near-term research project will investigate diet quality, body composition and food insecurity in college aged participants. I am also interested in exercise effects on body composition, both weight training and aerobic, coupled with quality nutritional intake including supplementation. My research questions are aimed at determining the beneficial effects of supplementation and exercise and the cumulative effects on body composition. A second project in the planning phase will focus on peri- and post-menopausal women and the effect of leucine and omega3 supplementation combined with a weight training program. The information from this study is designed to further develop hypotheses related to the influence of supplements and response of biomarkers such as cortisol and vitamin D and the role they play in transforming body composition. The overarching goal is to continue to identify the unique contributions of exercise, diet quality and supplementation in improving body composition with or without weight loss.

Publications:

Funderburk L, Daigle K, Arsenault J. Vitamin D status among overweight and obese Soldiers. Mil Med 2015 Feb; 180, 2:237.

Arsenault J, Singleton M, Funderburk L. Use of the Go-for-Green nutrition labeling system in military dining facilities is associated with lower fat intake. J Acad Nutri Diet, 2014 Feb.

Funderburk L, Arsenault J. Prevalence of abnormal serum lipids among overweight and obese Soldiers. Mil Med 178, 10:1137, 2013.

Crombie A, Funderburk Sanders L, Smith T, McGraw S, Walker L, Champagne C, Allen H, Margolis L, McClung H, Young a. Effects of modified foodservice practice in military dining facilities on ad libitum nutritional intake of US Army soldiers. J Acad Nutr Diet, 2013 Feb 15.

Smith J, Marriott B, Dotson L, Bathalon G, Funderburk L, White A, Hadden L, Young A. Overweight and Obesity in Military Personnel: Sociodemographic Predictors. Obesity. 2012; 20, 1534-1538.

Smith J, Crombie A, Funderburk L, Sigrist L, Bathalon G, McGraw S, Young A. Efficacy of Orlistat 60 mg on weight loss and body fat mass in US Army Soldiers. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012;112:533-540.

Walker L, Funderburk Sanders L. Effects of resistance training on strength, body composition and BMR in post-bariatric surgery patients. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010 May;42(5):731.