Kelsey Rushing

Kelsey Rushing

Ph.D., RDN

Assistant Teaching Professor of Dietetics

Division of Food, Nutrition, & Exercise Sciences (FNES)


Accelerated Master's Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Kelsey Rushing earned her undergraduate degree in nutrition and dietetics from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. While at Auburn, she had the opportunity to work with the performance nutrition team, which spurred her interest in working with athletes. She then went on to complete a dietetic internship, in which she completed all credentialing requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and earn a master’s degree in nutrition sciences with a concentration in clinical nutrition from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, AL. During her master’s, Kelsey developed an interest in research and decided to remain at UAB to pursue a doctoral degree. Her research revolved around the prevention and treatment of sports-related concussions and chronic diseases, such as obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, using nutrition-based interventions. Her dissertation research primarily focused on improving our understanding of the effects of exogenous ketone esters on components of energy balance and glucose/lipid metabolism. During her pre-doctoral training, Kelsey also worked as a performance dietitian with UAB athletics, which is where she found her passion for educating and working with college students. She expanded on this and took on teaching while she completed her doctoral degree. In 2023, Kelsey joined the Food, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences faculty as an Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of the Accelerated Master’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.S. in Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, Auburn University

Courses taught

  • NEP 1001: Introduction to Dietetics
  • NEP 2450: Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan
  • NEP 4385: Professional Development
  • NEP 7370: Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • NEP 7380: Medical Nutrition Therapy II