Baylor University
Family & Consumer Sciences
Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences

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

Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutrition Sciences

Contact Information

Telephone: (254) 710-7318


Office: 108 Mary Gibbs Jones Building

Office Hours: T/R 10:00-11:30; others by appointment

Mailing Address: One Bear Place #97346, Waco, TX 76798


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


  • 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


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


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.


My research interests are focused on the promotion of quality nutritional intake and healthy body weight and composition.


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.

Recent Articles:

  • Yoo, J., & Kim, H. (in press). Perceived negative health effect of tanning (PNHET): The interface between tanning attitudes and behaviors. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
  • Hur, W., Yoo, J., & Hur, J. (in press). Exploring the relationship between green consumption value, satisfaction, and loyalty of hybrid car in elderly consumers. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries
  • Yoo, J., Divita, L. R., & Kim, H. Y. (2013). Environmental awareness on bamboo product purchase intention: do consumption values impact green consumption? International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 6(1), 27-34.
  • Yoo, J., & Lee, J. (2013). Exploring peer influence on adolescent boys' grooming product use and risk-perception. Journal of ARAHE, 20(2), 76-83.
  • Yoo, J. (2013). Sunless tanning product adoption: The influence of appearance schema. Household and Personal Care Today, 8(2), 26-28.
  • Yoo, J., & Kim, H. (2012). Perceived risk of sunless tanning product use and its relationship to body satisfaction. International Journal of Marketing Studies, 4(4), 13-21.
  • Hur, W., Yoo, J., & Chung, T. (2012). The consumption values and consumer innovativeness on convergence products. Industrial Management & Data Systems, 112(5), 688-706.
  • Yoo, J., & Kim, H. (2012). Adolescents' body-tanning behaviours: Influences of gender, body mass index, sociocultural attitudes towards appearance and body satisfaction. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 36(2), 360-366.
  • Yoo, J., Jacob, J., & Baier, M. (2012). Adolescent boys' grooming product use and perceived health risks: An exploration of parental influence. Health Education Journal, 71(3), 299-308.