Lisa M. Laura, J.D., R.D., LDN

Adjunct Professor, Nutrition

Lisa Laura completed her undergraduate work at Duke University with degrees in zoology (biology) and psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. She went on to attend law school and received her juris doctorate from the New York University School of Law.  During her career as an attorney, she worked at Community Legal Services representing low-income clients in proceedings for food stamps, medical assistance, and disability benefits.  She later served as legal director for a national domestic violence organization, where she provided numerous presentations and trainings for attorneys around the country and consulted on legislation and policy decisions at the local, state, and federal level.

Her personal interest in nutrition and health policy led her to become a registered dietitian and subsequently she established a successful private clinical practice in Philadelphia. During this time, she also worked as adjunct faculty at La Salle University teaching Community Nutrition in both the didactic and coordinated programs. She enjoys using her diverse background to provide students with a strong understanding of current nutrition policy.

Areas of Expertise

Community Nutrition
Nutrition Policy and Legislation
National Food and Nutrition Programs


R.D., Coordinated Program in Dietetics, La Salle University
J.D., New York University School of Law
B.S., Duke University


Registered Dietitian
Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Nutrition 165: Principles of Nutrition
Nutrition 300: Community Nutrition
Nutrition 410: Community Nutrition Practicum I
Nutrition 411: Community Nutrition Practicum II



Leibhart R and Laura L. “Heart Failure in an Obese Female.”  In E.Z. Emery (Ed.), Clinical Case Studies for the Nutrition Care Process.  Burlington, Mass.:  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2011.

Professional Affiliations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Pennsylvania Dietetic Association
Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group
Nutrition Entrepreneurs