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M.S. in Nutrition

Students and faculty conduct research on a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Nutrition in the elderly population
  • Herbal supplements
  • Safe food handling techniques in the fast food industry
  • Nutrition needs during pregnancy
  • Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and ginko


Recent Student Theses


The following is a sampling of some of the master's theses completed by Marywood graduate students:

  • A Determination of the Effect of Feedback to the Supplier, for the Improvement of Supplier Performance by Mark S. Golden
  • An Assessment of the Actual Fluid Intake and Prevalence of Dehydration in the Institutionalized Elderly with Dysphagia by Kara Williams RD
  • Herbal Supplementation: Attitudes and Knowledge Base of Three Dietetic Practice Groups by Anna M. Baranosky
  • An Examination of the Differences in Plasma Glucose Levels of Insulin-Dependent Diabetic Residents in Long-Term-Care Facilities on a Liberalized Diet Versus an ADA Diet by Theresa C. Smith
  • An Examination of the Relationship Between Self-Perceived Health Status, Nutritional Health, and Food Concerns Among Elderly Consumers in Supermarkets by Susan Haley, RD


Recent Poster Presentations


The following is a sampling of poster sessions presented by students and faculty at the Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition:

  • Correlates of the Stages of Change in Adherence to the Dietary Guidelines by T.S. Gustafson, MS, RD; M.E. Borja EdD, RD, FADA; J.D. Leitzel, MA; G. Pazzaglia, PhD, RD
  • The Differences of Dietary Intake of Children of Married and of Single Military Members: A Secondary Data Analysis by S.G. Magera; A.M. Levine, PhD, RD; L. Dougherty, MSW; M. Borja, EdD, RD, FADA
  • Nutritional Status of Preschool Children in Military Families by A.M. Levine, PhD, RD; L. Dougherty, MSW; M. Borja, EdD, RD, FADA; L. Harrison, PhD, RD, FADA, CNSD; J. Long, BS
  • Herbal Supplementation: Attitudes and Knowledge Base of Three Dietetic Practice Groups by A.M. Baranosky, RD; C. Bessinger, PhD; M.E. Borja, EdD, RD, FADA; L. Harrison, PhD, RD, FADA, CNSD
  • An Assessment of the Actual Fluid Intake and Prevalence of Dehydration in the Institutionalized Elderly with Dysphagia by K. Williams, RD; L. Harrison, PhD, RD, FADA, CNSD; G. Pazzaglia, PhD, RD; T. Petrillo, MS, RD



M.S. in Sports Nutrition & Exercise Science

Students and faculty conduct research on a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Nutrition and dietary supplements
  • Eating and body image
  • Herbal Supplements
  • Sport related nutrition knowledge
  • Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and ginko


Recent Student Theses


The following is a sampling of some of the masters theses completed by Marywood graduate students:

  • The Effect of Caffeine One Hour Prior to Exercise on Run Performance Time in Trained Distance Runners who do not Habitually Consume Caffeine by Peter James Esgro Jr., RD
  • Knowledge, Attitudes, and Use of Dietary Supplements in Collegiate Division III Student Athletes by Lourie A. Cherundolo
  • Attitudes Towards Eating and Body Image Perception in Male High School Athletes and Non-Athletes by Lynn Moss, RD
  • An Examination of the Effects of Cardiac Rehabilitation on Exercise Capacity and Psychological Factors in Men and Women by Tara Pette, RD
  • An Examination of the Difference in Endurance Performance During Exercise to Exhaustion of Recreational Cyclists Consuming High or Moderate Amounts of Caffeine by Julie A. Zangari, RD
  • The Sport Related Nutrition Knowledge and Attitudes of High School Coaches in Central Washington by Emily Wark, RD
  • The Effect of L-Carnitine Supplementation on Lean Body Mass in Male Amateur Bodybuilders by Robert Edward Green, RD


Recent Poster Presentations


The following is a sample of poster sessions presented by students and faculty at the Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition:

  • Knowledge, Attitudes, and Use of Dietary Supplements in Collegiate Division III Student Athletes by L.A. Cherundolo, MS, RD; A.M. Levine, PhD, RD
  • Disordered Eating and Body Image Perception in Male High School Athletes and Non-Athletes by L. Moss, RD; R.C. Bessinger, PhD, RD