Kara Cucinotta, MS, RDN, CNSC, LDN is a clinical dietitian at the Lifespan Lifestyle Medicine Center. She received her undergraduate degree in culinary nutrition from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, a master of science degree in nutrition from Boston University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is an Associate Professor and Department Chair at Johnson & Wales University teaching nutrition, nutrition assessment, medical nutrition therapy, and advanced medical nutrition therapy, and is the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Kara was awarded Faculty of the Year in the College of Health & Wellness in 2017-2018.
Kara is a registered dietitian, a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, and earned a Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. She completed her dietetic internship at various medical facilities in Massachusetts, including Caritas Good Samaritan Center and UMass Memorial Medical Center, as well as practicums at the Joslin Diabetes Center, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity. She is a member of several professional associations including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Rhode Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals Dietetic Practice Group, and the Medical Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.
Kara’s clinical interests and publications include reproductive health and nutrition; childhood weight management; nutritional considerations in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and gastrointestinal health; dietetics; medical nutrition therapy; culinary nutrition; and integrative and functional nutrition.