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Kim Beals is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition. Beals completed her PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition at Drexel University. She is a registered dietitian and board certified specialist in sports dietetics. Her research interests and involvement focus on: 1) the use of foods and nutrients to improve diet quality, physical performance and body composition and reduce systemic inflammation, 2) identifying body composition factors related to reducing musculoskeletal injuries and improving physical performance, 3) evaluating the impact diet has on a healthy gut microbiome and metabolome and how that affects overall health, recovery and resiliency.  

Departments

Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition

Education & Training

  • MS, Drexel University
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Awards

  • 2011 Outstanding Dietitian in Pennsylvania
  • 2006 Outstanding Dietetics Educator in Pennsylvania

Representative Publications

  • Crawford K, Darnell ME, Abt JP, Sell TC, Lovalekar MT, House AJ, Smalley BW, Lephart SM. Dietary Habits of Soldiers of 101st Airborne Division Air Assault. 2011 American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO. May 31-June 4. (Abstract) 
  • Darnell ME, Crawford K, Abt JP, Sell TC, Nagai T, House AJ, Deluzio JB, Smalley BW, Lephart SM. Dietary Intake of Army Soldiers in Occupation Specialties Requiring Heavy Physical Demands. 2011 American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO. May 31-June 4. (Abstract) 
  • Welikonich, M.J., Nagle, E.F., Goss, F.L., Robertson, R.J., Crawford, K. Effect of Carbohydrate-Protein Supplementation on Resistance Exercise Performance, Perceived Exertion, and Salivary Cortisol. 2011 American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO. May 31-June 4. (Abstract) 
  • Keenan KA, Sell TC, Abt JP, Crawford K, House AJ, Smalley BW, Abt JP, Cardin S, Lephart SM. Physiological Differences Between Male and Female Army Soldiers Matched on Age and Years of Service. 2011 American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO. May 31-June 4. (Abstract) 
  • Abt JP, Sell TC, Nagai T, Deluzio JB, Lovalekar MT, Crawford K, Smalley BW, Lephart SM. Deployment-related changes in physical and physiological characteristics. 2011 American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO. 2011 American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO. May 31-June 4. (Abstract) 
  • Nagai T, Abt JP, Sell TC, Deluzio JB, Lovalekar MT, Crawford K, Smalley BW, Lephart SM. Changes in Physical and Physiological Characteristics after a 12-month Deployment to Afghanistan. 2011 American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO. May 31-June 4. (Abstract) 
  • Crawford, K.,Fleishman, K., Abt, J., Sell, T., Nagai, T., Deluzio, J., Rowe, R., McGrail, M. and Lephart, S. Lower Body Fat Improves Physical and Physiological Performance in Army Soldiers. Military Medicine Jan 2011;Vol 176, No. 1:35-43. 
  • Sell TC, Abt JP, Lovalekar M, Crawford K, Nagai T, Deluzio JB, Smalley BW, McGrail MA, Rowe RS, Lephart SM. Warrior Model for Injury Prevention and Human Performance- Eagle Tactical Athlete Program (ETAP) Part 1. Journal Special Operations Medicine. 10(4): 2-21. 
  • Abt JP, Sell TC, Lovalekar M, Crawford K, Nagai T, Deluzio JB, Smalley BW, McGrail MA, Rowe RS, Lephart SM. Warrior Model for Injury Prevention and Human Performance- Eagle Tactical Athlete Program (ETAP) Part 2. Journal Special Operations Medicine. 10(4): 22-33 
  • Crawford, K., Robertson,R., Goss, F., Burdett, R., Nagel, B., and Jakicic, J. Validation of the SenseWear Armband Calorimeter to Assess Energy Expenditure of Adolescents During Various Modes of Activity. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. Abstract accepted and poster presented. June 2005. 
  • Robertson,R., Goss, F., Andreacci, J., Dube, J., Rutkowski, J., Snee, B., Kowallis, R., Crawford, K., Aaron, D. and Metz, K. Validation of the Children's OMNI RPE. Medicine and Science Sports and Exercise, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2005, Vol 37; 2: 290-298. 
  • Crawford, K., Robertson,R., Goss, F., Burdett, R., Nagel, B., and Jakicic, J. Validation of the SenseWear Armband Calorimeter to Assess Energy Expenditure of Adolescents During Various Modes of Activity. American College of Sports Medicine Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter. Abstract accepted and presented. November 2004. 
  • Rutkowski, JJ, Lenz, BM, Crawford, K, Dube JJ, Goss F, Robertson RJ, Morgan DW. Perceived Exertion: Absence of signal dominance in female and male children using the OMNI (Walk/run) Scale. American College of Sports Medicine Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter . Abstract accepted & presented. November 2001. 

Research Interests

  • Diet and exercise to optimize physical performance and improve overall health.