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

LesLee K. Funderburk Ph.D, RD, CSSD, CSCS
Assistant Professor in Nutrition Sciences
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Assistant Professor in Nutrition Sciences

Program Director for Dietetic Internship Program



  • 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\
  • International Society of Sports Nutrition


  • Research Methods
  • Dietetic Internship
  • Emerging Issues in Food and 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.  Also of note, I am the Program Director for our Dietetic Internship.


My primary research involves the use of nutritional supplements to improve diet quality, enhance effects of physical training programs and improve body composition. My recent published articles have focused on two nutritional supplements: the amino acid l-leucine and omega-3 fatty acid. My work with l-leucine supplementation has focused on mid-life adults and improvement of body composition, specifically lean mass. This is the life stage where adults begin to lose lean mass at an accelerated rate, therefore prevention or attenuation is key. My work with omega-3 fatty acid has focused on the young adult population in the context of enhancing the response to physical training regimens, specifically in the areas of strength and body composition improvements. My second area of research involves identifying best practices in the built environment to improve both dietary intake and physical activity. The overarching goal is to continue to identify the unique contributions of diet quality, supplementation and exercise in improving body composition with or without weight loss.


Funderburk L, Heileson J, Peterson M, Willoughby D. Efficacy of L-leucine supplementation coupled with a calorie-restricted diet to promote weight loss in mil-life women. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2020; Oct 8: 1-9.

Heileson JL, Cholewinski MC, Adair KE, Vineyard A, Gallucci A, Funderburk LK. The effect of fish oil supplementation on body composition and strength in a young, athletic population. Journal of Exercise and Nutrition. 2020; 3(3), 1-5. 

Funderburk L, Cardaci T, Fink A, Taylor K, Rohde J, Harris D. Healthy Behaviors through Behavioral Design–Obesity Prevention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(14): 1-19.

Heileson JL, Peterson M, Adair KE, Funderburk LK. Comparison of a sucrose-based and rice-based sports beverage on hydration status during a 19.3-km foot march in ROTC cadets. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2020; 0(0): 1-6.

Heileson JL, Funderburk LK. The effect of fish oil supplementation on the promotion and preservation of lean body mass, strength, and recovery from physiological stress in young, healthy adults: a systematic review. Nutr Rev. 2020; 0(0): 1-14.

Willoughby D, Beretich K, Chen M, Funderburk L. Serum levels of C-terminal agrin fragment are decreased in post-menopausal women following resistance training. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 2019; Oct 17:1-8.

Funderburk L, Beretich K, Chen M, Willoughby D. Efficacy of L-leucine supplementation coupled with resistance training in un-trained mid-life women. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2019; Oct 2:1-9.

Funderburk L, Peterson M, Beretich K, Shah N, Grandjean P.  Prevalence of metabolic disease and correlation to body composition and cardiovascular fitness in adults undergoing fitness assessments.  PLOS ONE, 2018; 13 (12).

Funderburk L, Peterson M, Shah N, Morgan M, Grandjean P.  Serum Vitamin D and Body Composition in Adults Undergoing Fitness Assessments:  A Correlation Study.  PLOS ONE, 2018; 13 (6).

Clark H, Cole R, Funderburk L. US Military Dietetic Internship and Graduate Program:  Retrospective Analysis of Selection Criteria and Student Success.  J Acad Nutri Diet, 2018; 118 (6).

Funderburk L, Wilfong S, Fingerle P, Zuercher B.  Food Insecurity and Diet Quality Among Private University Students.  J Acad Nutri Diet, 2018; Suppl 1. (abstract)   

Funderburk L, Peterson M, Grandjean P.  Predictors of Success in a Weight Loss Intervention.  BAOJ Obesity and Weight Management 2017, 3(1):013.

Barringer N, Kotwal R, Lewis M, Funderburk L, Elliott T, Crouse S, Smith S, Greenwood M, Kreider R.  Fatty Acid Blood Levels, Vitamin D Status, Physical Performance, Activity, and Resiliency: A Novel Potential Screening Tool for Depressed Mood in Active Duty Soldiers.  Mil Med 2016 Sept; 181(9), 1114-1120.

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.