Rachel Clark

Educational Background

  • B.S., Dietetics at Purdue University in 1998
  • B.S., Nutrition, Fitness, and Health at Purdue University in 1998
    • Honors Research: Dietary Carbohydrate Intake and Caloric Expenditure of Rowers during Winter Training
  • Dietetic Internship, Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in 2000
  • M.S., Exercise and Sports Nutrition at Texas Woman's University in 2001

Certificates & Licenses

  • Registered Dietitian (RDN)
  • Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Dietetics Educator for Area 5 (IL, IN, OH, WV, KY, TN), 2017
  • Dietetics Learning Community, Real-World Experience Award, 2016-2017


  • Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association, 2010 - Present
  • Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN), 1998 - Present
    • Sponsorship Advisory Committee, 2017 - Present
    • Nominating Committee Chairperson, 2009-2010
    • Presenter at Annual Symposium, 2003
  • Sports Dietetics—USA (SD-USA), Member, 2004 - Present
    • Appointed Chair of Collegiate Sports Dietitians division, 2011-2013
  • Western Indiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WIAND), 2006 - Present
    • Secretary, 2007-2008                               
  • American College of Sports Medicine, 1999 - Present
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 1995 - Present 


Is There a Discrepancy Between Crew Coaches' Sports Nutrition Beliefs and Actions?


  • Indiana Diet Manual. Co-author of sports nutrition chapter.
  • Black DR, Leverenz LJ, Coster DC, Larkin LL, Clark RA.  Physiological Screening Test (PST) Manual for Eating Disorders/Disordered Eating Among Female Collegiate Athletes.  Monterey, CA: Healthy Learning in association with the NATA. 2010
  • Subject matter expert for the Nutritional Aspects of Injuries and Illnesses Project Team for the Athletic Training Educational Competencies, 5th edition. 2009-2010
  • Invited contributor in various publications including Muscle and Fitness HERS, Muscle and Fitness, STACK magazine, Chicago Daily Herald, Backpacker Magazine  and Dance Spirit magazine
  • Nichols DL, Sanborn CF, Essery EV, Clark RA, Letendre JD.  Impact of curriculum-based loading and nutritional education program on bone accrual in children.  Pediatric Exercise Science 20:411-425, 2008.
  • Campbell WW, Geik (Clark) RA.  Nutritional Considerations for the Older Athlete. Nutrition.  20(7-8): 603-608, 2004.
  • Textbook reviewer
    • Sport and Fitness Nutrition by Robert Wildman and Barry Miller, 2002 published by Wadsworth Thomson Learning
    • Nutritional Analysis Manual by Barbara Mayfield, published by Jones and Bartlett


  • Collegiate Sports RD for Purdue Athletics, 2001-2014 
  • Fort Wayne Mad Ants (professional basketball team of the NBA G league), Consultant Sports RD.  2019-2020
  • Teaching Kitchen Director, Develop, administer, supervise, and manage community outreach activities (e.g. cooking demonstrations and classes).  Recruit, advise and mentor undergraduate NUTR students who play significant roles in the aforementioned activities.  Lyles-Porter Hall, Purdue University.  2016-present
  • Individual nutrition consultations for various collegiate, high school, and recreational athletes.  2002-Present
  • Lafayette Jefferson High School Athletics, Consultant Sports RD.  2015-2016
  • Various speaking engagements for the public and professionals on the topics of sports nutrition, eating disorders and nutrition education

International Programs & Activities

French Culture, Food & Health  (NUTR 39800/SA 10223) This study abroad program provides students the opportunity to explore the rich culinary, cultural and health characteristics of France, specifically in the context of the scientific and social issues surrounding the French Paradox.


  • Co-Director of Nutrition, Fitness and Health undergraduate major.  Develop, evaluate, and update the curriculum.  Career advising.  Collaborate with Health and Kinesiology department.  Represent this major in the departmental Teaching Committee.  
  • NUTR 41500:  Practicum in Nutrition, Fitness, and Health 
  • NUTR 33200:  Nutrition Counseling
  • NUTR 245/345: Rookie/Continuing Experience in Sports Nutrition
  • NUTR 39200:  Performance Nutrition
  • NUTR 39800:  French Culture, Food, and Health 
  • NUTR 34000:  Field Experience in Nutrition, Fitness, and Health
  • NUTR 43600:  Nutrition Assessment
  • NUTR 30300:  Essentials of Nutrition      
  • Recurring guest lectures in
    • NUTR 10500: Nutrition in the 21st Century
    • NUTR 10600: The Profession of Dietetics
    • NUTR 33000: Dietary Guidance to Promote Health and Prevent Disease
    • NUTR 43600: Nutrition Assessment
    • NUTR 48000: Medical Nutrition Therapy


Rachel Clark
Clinical Assistant Professor

Office:  LYLE 1144D
Phone: 765.496.2711
Fax: 765.494.0906
E-Mail:  rachelclark@purdue.edu 

Department of Nutrition Science, 700 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059 (765) 494-8228, Fax: (765) 494-0674

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