About Kathleen Deegan
Dr. Deegan has been teaching nutrition science for over 10 years and has been a practicing Registered Dietitian Nutritionist since 1985. Before earning her doctorate in Nutritional Biology at the University of California Davis, Deegan’s work experience included acting as the Nutrition Director for a cardiovascular clinic and working for the NFL as a Team Nutritionist. Dr. Deegan returned to school to pursue her interest in International Nutrition and food insecurity. She continues her work in sports nutrition with local teams and athletes.
Dr. Deegan is passionate about enhancing lactation support for mothers and infants across the globe. Her doctoral research was conducted in Guatemala where she investigated the relationship between vitamin B-12 adequacy in breastmilk and infant growth in the indigenous population. She hopes to contribute to the growing enthusiasm for exclusive breastfeeding in all cultures.
Deegan KL, Jones KM, Ramirez-Zea M, Zuleta C, Lildballe DL, Nexo E, Allen LH, Breast milk vitamin B-12 concentrations in Guatemalan women are correlated with maternal but not infant vitamin B-12sStatus at 12 months postpartum. J. Nutr. 2012;142 12-116. http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/abstract/142/1/112
Sports Nutrition is another of Dr. Deegan’s interests. She has developed a series of nutrition workshops for collegiate athletic teams where nutrition education is presented via activities and a training table. She hopes to show an improvement in performance outcomes by the athletes following participation in the workshops. Dr. Deegan’s column can be found on the Sacramento Running Association website https://runsra.org/.
Introduction to Nutrition
Nutrition & Wellness
Nutrition & Metabolism
Advanced Nutrition & Metabolism
Cultural Aspects of Food & Nutrition
Sports Nutrition & Applications
Nutrition in the Lifespan
Food Science & Preparation