Judith Lukaszuk Ph.D, RD, LDN. - NIU - College of Health & Human Sciences

About the College

Judith Lukaszuk Ph.D, RD, LDN.

Judith Lukaszuk

Title: Associate Professor and Didactic Program Director
Division: Family, Consumer & Nutrition Sciences
Unit: Nutrition & Dietetics
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 122C
Office Phone: (815) 753-6352
Office Fax: (815) 753-1321

Office Hours:

MW 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Advising Hours
W 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM - Open Hours

Courses Taught

  • FCNS 613 Advanced Sports Nutrition 
  • FCNS 201  Human Nutrition 
  • FCNS 415  Nutrition in Clinical Care I
  • FCNS 416  Nutrition in Clinical Care II 
  • FCNS 498  Seminar 
  • FCNS 615  Intensive Metabolic Nutrition Support
  • FCNS 306  Nutrition in Relation to Health and Exercise


Ph.D., Exercise Physiology
University of Pittsburgh, 1999

M.S., Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition
University of Pittsburgh, 1994

B.S., Dietetics (Coordinated Program)
Seton Hill College, 1988

Dissertation Topic

Ergogenic effect of oral creatine monohydrate supplelmentation on anaerobic exercise performance.


Identification of knowledge and skills required by beginning level dietitians to practice independently and competently in providing metabolic nutrition care.

Research Interests

  • Sports nutrition
  • Ergogenic aids to enhance exercise performance
  • Efficacy/safety of herbal medicine and antioxidants to preserve quality of life

Selected Publications

Research articles 

(*denotes refereed journal; #denotes refereed research with student)

*Lukaszuk, J.M., Prawitz, A.D., Shokrani, M., Umoren, J., Norman, E. (2013). Methylmalonic acid levels in non-elderly adult chronic PPI users. Journal of Human Nutrition and Food Sciences, 1, 1004.

*#Stark, M., Lukaszuk, J., Prawitz, A., Salacinski, A. (2012). Protein timing and its effects on muscular hypertrophy and strength in individuals engaged in weight-training. Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition, 9. 54.

*#Lukaszuk, J. M., Prawitz, A. D., Johnson, K. N., Umoren, J. and Bugno, T. J. (2012), Development of a Nonivasive Vitamin D Screening Tool. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 40: 229-240. Available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1552-3934.2011.02107.x/full

*#Stannard, A.B., Brandenburg, J.P., Pitney, W.A., Lukaszuk, J.M. (2011). Effects of Wearing a Cooling Vest During The Warm-Up on 10-Km Run Performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning research, 7, 2018-24.

*#Jordan T, Lukaszuk J, Misic M, Umoren J. Effect of beta-alanine supplementation on the onset of blood lactate accumulation (OBLA) during treadmilll running: Pre/post 2 treatment experiemental design. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2010,7:20. Available at: http://www.jissn.com/content/7/1/20

*#Lukaszuk JM, Shultz TM, Prawitz AD, Hofmann E. Effects of R-alpha lipoic acid on HbA1C, lipids and blood pressure in type-2 diabetics: A preliminary study. Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. 2009. Available at: http://www.bepres.com/jcim/vol6/iss1/32

*#Duellman MC, Lukaszuk JM, Prawitz AD, Brandenburg JP.Protein supplement users among high school athletes have misconceptions about effectiveness. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2008;22:1124-1129.

*#Whitfield-Jacobson PJ, Prawitz AD, Lukaszuk JM. Long-haul truck drivers want healthier meal options at  truck stop restaurants. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2007;107: 2125-2129.

*Lukaszuk JM, Luebbers P, Gordon BA.Preliminary study finds soy milk as effective as skim milk in promoting weight loss. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2007;107:1811-1814.

*Lukaszuk JM, Robertson RJ, Arch JE, Moyna NM.Effect of a defined lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet and oral creatine monohydrate supplementation on plasma creatine concentration.The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2005;19:735-740.

*#Shahrokh LE, Lukaszuk JM, Prawitz AD.Elderly herbal supplement users less satisfied with medical care than nonusers.Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2005;105:1138-1140.

*Lukaszuk JM, Robertson RJ, Arch JE, Moore GE, Yaw KM, Kelley DE, Rubin JT, Moyna NM. Effect of creatine supplementation and a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet on muscle creatine concentration. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2002;12:336-348.

Honors / Awards

Received Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award by the University in 2007