Jessica Bihuniak, PhD, RD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition. She received her MS in Health Promotion Sciences and PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut (UCONN) where she trained under the advisement of Jane Kerstetter, PhD, RD (UCONN) and Karl Insogna, MD (Yale University School of Medicine).
Dr. Bihuniak’s clinical studies focus on nutritional interventions across the life span. She is interested in how different sources of dietary protein and amino acids affects skeletal health and body composition. She has shown specific effects of dietary protein on calcium absorption that do not support the concept that protein is detrimental to bone or musculoskeletal health in older adults. She is also actively pursuing studies evaluating the impact of a Mediterranean-Style diet on a variety of health outcomes, including bone and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Toward the other end of the life span, she is investigating behavioral weight loss interventions for emerging adults on college campuses. She has several peer-reviewed publications in nutrition and endocrine journals, including The Journal of Nutrition and The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. She also has interviews published in Nutrition Action Healthletter and online by the American Society for Nutrition.
Dr. Bihuniak has served as a faculty member in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at UCONN and was recognized for her excellence in both teaching and research. She was also appointed as a Visiting Research Scientist in the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.