Laura Frank, Ph.D., R.D., LDN

Director, Didactic Program in Nutrition

Dr. Laura B. Frank, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition. Dr. Frank has more than 25 years of university teaching experience; she  was presented with the Outstanding Dietetic Educator award by both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association in 2013. Dr. Frank holds a Ph.D. in Health Education/Counseling and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She is also a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

Dr. Frank’s areas of expertise include health counseling, nutrition education program development and assessment, adult and pediatric weight management, nutrition and HIV, and feeding issues related to neurological disabilities and learning differences.  She has published and presented to professional and community groups on these topics, and also maintains a private practice working with individuals and families.  Dr. Frank is a presenter for the EPIC Pediatric Obesity initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves on the Advisory Board for this program.  She has written and administered grants from the Pew Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Health and National Institutes of Health, and Project PA (joint project of Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania State University) and PANA (Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity).