557 White Hall
Syracuse, New York  13244



Kay Stearns Bruening

Ph.D., RDN

Associate Professor
Nutrition Assessment Counseling & Education Center Director

As an associate professor and Undergraduate Program Director of the Nutrition Science and Dietetics Program, Dr. Bruening’s recent research interests are in the prevention of, and intervention for, child overweight and obesity. She collaborates with the SUNY Upstate Medical University Department of Pediatrics to offer a group education program for overweight youth and their families and serves as a consultant to the NYS Department of Health Child & Adult Care Food Program for their obesity prevention initiatives. She also consults for a longitudinal study on bone density, skeletal, and pubertal development in girls with an interdisciplinary group from SUNY Upstate and SU’s Department of Exercise Science. Prior to joining the SU faculty, Dr. Bruening studied diet, nutrition and immunity as part of an interdisciplinary research team at a medical university. She has also published and presented in the area of dietetics education.

Dr. Bruening serves as a program reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education and was a Program Representative from 2006 to 2008. She has served as an item writer, item reviewer, and on the Item Reclassification Panel for the Commission on Dietetic Registration examination for registered dietitians. She is a member of five dietetic practice groups of the American Dietetic Association.


Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Nutrition, New York University

Master of Arts, Nutrition, Syracuse University

Bachelor of Science, Biology, St. Lawrence University


Prevention of, and intervention for, child overweight and obesity