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LesLee Funderburk

Funderburk WEL

Colonel LesLee Funderburk
Director - Graduate Program in Nutrition

Education and Certifications

PhD, Nutritional Sciences, University of Washington, 2007
MS, Health Care Administration, Central Michigan University, 1994
BS, Nutrition and Dietetics, Eastern Washington University, 1986
Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) - Commission on Dietetic Registration
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - National Association of Sports Commissions


Dr. Funderburk's current position is that of Director, Graduate Program in Nutrition. She ensures that the program produces top quality military officers and Registered Dietitians, with a Master of Science degree in Nutrition.

Dr. Funderburk has worked in a variety of specialty areas throughout her career including health promotion, food service management, and clinical dietetics and has been the director of a Nutrition Care Division at two different Army medical facilities. Upon graduating from the University of Washington, she took a research position at Fort Bragg NC, where she led a team that conducted weight management and dining facility modification studies. In 2010, she deployed to Afghanistan for a year and served on the joint service research team, monitoring in-theater research projects. Upon her return to the states, she took the job as Director, Nutrition Care Division at a medical center at Fort Bliss, TX.

"Energy and persistance conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin

Academic Interests and Research

During first semester, Dr. Funderburk is the instructor for Protocol Development. She is co-instructor for Nutrition and Aging and primary instructor for Force Health Protection in second semester. Her research interests include weight management, performance nutrition, and dining facility interventions.

Publications and Presentations

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 Go-For-Green nutrition labeling in military dining facilities is associated with lower fat intake. JAcad 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, 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.

Sanders L, Duncan G, Grenier E, Deuster P. Attenuation of exertional muscle damage with a nutritional supplement. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2009 May, 41(5):509. Presented this as a poster session at the ACSM Conference May 2009.

Margolis L, Grediagin A, Koenig C, Sanders L. Effectiveness and acceptance of web-based learning compared to traditional face-to-face learning for performance nutrition education. Mil Med 2009 Oct; 174(10):1095-9.