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Felicia Steger, Ph.D., R.D.

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Assistant Professor, Endocrinology, Metabolism & Genetics
fsteger@kumc.edu

Professional Background

Felicia L. Steger, Ph.D., R.D., is an Assistant Professor in both the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Clinical Pharmacology, and the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC).

Steger earned a dual bachelors and master's degree in Dietetics and Exercise Science at Iowa State University studying nutrition and exercise interventions for the prevention of sarcopenia in older adults in 2013. She then completed her dietetic internship at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, before joining KUMC as a research dietitian at the Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management in 2014. In 2019, Steger earned her doctorate in Medical Nutrition Science from KUMC. She was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Department of Nutrition Sciences from 2019-2022 before returning to KUMC as a faculty member.

Education and Training
  • BS, Dietetics and Exercise Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Internship, Dietetics, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL

Research

Overview

Prior to and during her Ph.D. training, Dr. Steger was a program coordinator at the Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management at KUMC where she developed and administered multicomponent weight management programming, coordinated clinical trials for lifestyle interventions, and provided nutrition counseling and health education for both community and research programs. Motivated by the potential of intermittent fasting (IF) regimens to fill a gap in clinical programming, she conducted her dissertation study to compare intermittent and continuous energy restriction for weight loss, weight maintenance, diet quality, and program adherence.

Seeing the potential for intermittent fasting to improve metabolic health independently of (or in addition to) weight loss, Steger pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to study time-restricted eating (or daily intermittent fasting) for improving body weight, glycemic control, and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Steger currently has the ADA Junior Faculty career development award to study both types of intermittent fasting (intermittent energy restriction and time-restricted eating) for diabetes treatment.