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Nancy A. Cotugna

Nancy A. Cotugna

Professor
Behavioral Health & Nutrition
22 Carpenter Sports Building
302-831-1006
ncotugna@udel.edu

 

 

 

 


Research Interests

  • Dietetics Education
  • Diet and Cancer Prevention
  • Obesity

Education

  • DrPH, Loma Linda University, 1988
  • M.S., Rutgers University, 1980
  • Dietetic Internship, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1971
  • B.A., University of California, 1970

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute, 1990-1991
  • 1980-present, Professor, University of Delaware
  • 1978-1980, Staff Training Dietitian, Perth Amboy General Hospital
  • 1971-1978, Clinical Dietitian, St. Luke's Hospital, Pennsylvania

Courses

  • NTDT 460/660 Community Nutrition
  • NTDT 445/645 Nutrition Education
  • NTDT 652 Topics: Diet and Cancer Prevention
  • HESC 809, Health Behavior

Recent Publications

  • Cotugna N. Diet and Cancer Risk Reduction. San Marcos, CA: Nutrition Dimension, 1994, 1997 (2nd edition), 2000,(3rd edition), 2003 (4th edition), 2006 (5th ed), 2009 (6th ed)
  • Fieber LK, Fieber SL, Cotugna N. Ethical issues and dietary supplements. Appendix chapter in The Health Professional’s Guide to Popular Dietary Supplements, 3rd ed, 2007.
    Popielarski J, Cotugna N. Fighting hunger through innovation: Evaluation of a food bank's social enterprise venture. J Hunger Environmental Nutr. 2010; 5:56-69.
  • Cotugna N., Mallick A. Following a calorie-restricted diet may help in reducing healthcare students' fat-phobia. J Community Health. February 2010; online first.
  • Kuczmarski MF, Sees A, Hotchkiss L, Cotugna N., Evans M, Zonderman A. Higher healthy eating index-2005 scores associated with reduced symptoms of depression in an ubran population: Findings from the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of diversity Across the Life Span (HANDLS) study. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110:383-389.
  • Kling L, Cotugna N., Snider S, Peterson M. Using metaphorical techniques in focus groups to uncover mothers’ feelings about family meals. Nutrition Research and Practice, 2009; 3:226-233.
  • Kuczmarski MF, Cotugna N. Outcome evaluation of a 3-year senior health and wellness initiative. Journal of Community Health, 2009; 34:33-39.
  • Malin S, Cotugna N., Fang CS. Effect of creatine supplementation on muscle capacity in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Dietary Supplements, 2008; 5 (1):20-32.
  • Malin S, Cotugna N. Creatine supplementation enhances endurance performance in trained rats. Journal of Dietary Supplements, 2008; 5(2): 106-116.
  • Cotugna N., Forbes S. The backpack program: Help for weekend child hunger. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 2007; 2:39-45.
  • Cotugna N., Vickery CE. Educating early childhood teachers about nutrition: A collaborative venture. Childhood Education.2007; 83:194-198.

Journal Articles

  • Popielarski J, Cotugna N. Fighting hunger through innovation: Evaluation of a food bank's social enterprise venture. J Hunger Environmental Nutr. 2010; 5:56-69.
  • Cotugna N, Mallick A. Following a calorie-restricted diet may help in reducing healthcare students' fat-phobia. J Community Health. February 2010; online first.
  • Kuczmarski MF, Sees A, Hotchkiss L, Cotugna N, Evans M, Zonderman A. Higher healthy eating index-2005 scores associated with reduced symptoms of depression in an ubran population: Findings from the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of diversity Across the Life Span (HANDLS) study. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110:383-389.
  • Kling L, Cotugna N, Snider S, Peterson M. Using metaphorical techniques in focus groups to uncover mothers’ feelings about family meals. Nutrition Research and Practice, 2009; 3:226-233.
  • Kuczmarski MF, Cotugna N. Outcome evaluation of a 3-year senior health and wellness initiative. Journal of Community Health, 2009; 34:33-39.
  • Malin S, Cotugna N, Fang CS. Effect of creatine supplementation on muscle capacity in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Dietary Supplements, 2008; 5 (1):20-32.
  • Malin S, Cotugna N. Creatine supplementation enhances endurance performance in trained rats. Journal of Dietary Supplements, 2008; 5(2): 106-116.
  • Cotugna N, Forbes S. The backpack program: Help for weekend child hunger. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 2007; 2:39-45.
  • Cotugna N, Vickery CE. Educating early childhood teachers about nutrition: A collaborative venture. Childhood Education.2007; 83:194-198.
  • Vickery CE, Cotugna N. Complementary and alternative medicine education in dietetics programs: Existent but not consistent. J Am Diet Assoc. 2006;106:860-866.
  • Cotugna N, Treese G, Beebe PD. A food bank collaborates with federal food assistance programs to reduce child hunger. J Hunger Environ Nutrition. 2006;1:49-57.
  • Cotugna N. Lifestyle and obesity as cancer risks. Today’s Dietitian. 2006;8:14-20.
  • Thomson, C, Cotugna N., Kalman D, et al.. Practice paper of the American Dietetic Association: Dietary Supplements. 2005;105:460-470
  • Schmidt J, Vickery CE, Cotugna N., Snider S. Health Professionals hold positive attitudes toward biotechnology and genetically engineered foods. Journal of Environmental Health, 2005; 67:44-49.
  • Cotugna N., Vickery CE, McBee S. Sports nutrition for young athletes. J School Nursing. 2005;21:323-328.
  • Cotugna N, Vickery CE. Nutrition students enhance school health education. Health Education, 2005 ;105:228-236.
  • Gemmill E, Cotugna N. School vending machine policies and practices- a statewide survey. Journal of School Nursing, 2005;21:94-99.
  • Vickery CE, Cotugna N. Incorporating genetics into dietetics curricula. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2005;105:583-588.
  • Cotugna N., Vickery CE, Carpenter-Haefele K. Evaluation of literacy level of patient education materials in health-related journals, Journal of Community Health, 2005;30:213-219..

Honors, Awards, and Major Professional Offices Held

  • Chairman, Supplement Abuse Task Force, National Council Against Health Fraud, 2004
  • Board Member, American Council on Science and Health, 2003-2004
  • Member, American Dietetic Association through 2004
  • Reviewer, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2004
  • Member, American Public Health Association, through 2004

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