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About Ambria Crusan, PhD, RD, LD

Ambria started teaching at St. Kate's in 2017. After working as a Clinical Dietitian for 4 years, she pursued her PhD and a career in academia. She is a Registered Dietitian passionate about nutrition assessment, diet quality, and obesity-related inflammation. Her current research is focused on carotenoids and markers of adiposity in population samples. Ambria is involved in many Interprofessional Education (IPE) opportunities as she hopes to promote the field of dietetics in these settings and finds high value in IPE collaboration for students.


Present Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University
Nutrition Instructor, University of Minnesota - Duluth ‐ Applied Human Science


2020 - Present National Institute of Food and Agriculture Community Food Projects Planning Grant
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Role: Writing and planning collaborator
Colleague(s): St. Kate's Campus, Augsburg Campus, and Hamline Campus
2020 - 2021 The Plaster House - Tanzania for Evaluation of Rehabilitative Care for Children with Disabilities
GHR Foundation
GHR Innovative Scholarship Grant
Role: Personnel/Co-author
Colleague(s): Interprofessional Team from Social Work, Physican Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Nursing
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present CARIG Newsletter Editor, American Society of Nutrition
2020 - Present Interprofessional Peer Review Circle Coordinator, St. Catherine University
2020 - Present St. Mary’s Medical and Rehabilitative Therapies Clinic Nutrition Coordinator, St. Catherine University
2019 - Present Assessment Committee Member/Co-Chair, St. Catherine University
2018 - Present Member, American Oil Chemists' Society
2018 - Present Carotenoid & Retinoid Interest Group (CARIG) Chair Member, American Society of Nutrition
2017 - Present Member, American Society for Nutrition
2006 - Present Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2018 - 2020 Faculty Scholar, St. Catherine University Clinical Scholars Program
2018 - 2019 FIPCC Health Professional and Course Facilitator, University of Minnesota
2015 Dietetic Internship, University of Minnesota - The Emily Program
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Honors and Awards

  • FASEB Mentored Travel Award Winner (ASN: Nutrition 2018)
  • Exemplary Presentation Winner (NNDC 2018)


  • Experimental Foods and Nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Global Serach for Justice: Food and Environmental Justice
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Intercultural and Community Nutrition
  • Current Issues in Nutrition
  • Food Systems and Policy
  • Intercultural and Community Nutrition
  • Nutrition Foundations


2020 PhD, University of Minnesota ‐ Human Nutrition
2015 M.S., University of Minnesota ‐ Nutrition (Biochemistry)
2011 B.A., College of Saint Benedict ‐ Nutrition

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6695


Presentations (10)

Publications (1)

Research Works (1)