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Laura K. Stewart, Ph.D., FACSM

Laura K. Stewart, Ph.D., FACSM


Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Dietetics
College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact Information

2790 Gunter Hall
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Sport and Exercise Science
Campus Box 39
Greeley, CO 80639


Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Program in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2005)

M.S., Health Promotion, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2000)

B.S., Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (1998)

B.S., Biology, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA (1996)

Professional/Academic Experience

Professor: University of Northern Colorado (2018 - Present)

Associate Professor:  University of Northern Colorado (2015 - 2017)

Adjunct Assistant/Associate Professor:  Pennington Biomedical Research Center (2007 – 2016)

Associate Professor:  School of Kinesiology, Louisiana State University (2013-2014)

Assistant Professor:  School of Kinesiology, Louisiana State University (2007-2013)

Postdoctoral Fellow:  NIH-T-32 Botanical Training Program: Adipocyte Signaling Laboratory (2005-2007)

Other Experience

President:  Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (2017)

Research/Areas of Interest

Exploring the relationship between cannabidiol (CBD) and immune function.

Optimizing dietary and physical activity interventions aimed at reducing inflammation and improving cancer survivor quality of life. 

Publications/Creative Works

Selected Recent Publications  (Bold = Stewart or Graduate Student; Italic = Undergrad Students)

Smoak P, Harman N, Flores V, Kisiolek J, Pullen NA, Lisano J, Hayward R, Stewart LK.Kefir Is A Viable Exercise Recovery Beverage for Cancer Survivors Enrolled in a Structured Exercise Program. In Press. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 

Lisano JK, Kisiolek JN, Smoak P, Phillips KT, Stewart LK.Chronic cannabis use and circulating biomarkers of neural health, stress, and inflammation in physically active individuals. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2020 Mar;45(3):258-263. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2019-0300. Epub 2019 Jul 18. PubMed PMID: 31319037.

Christensen MA,Smoak P, Lisano JK, Hayward R, Coronado C, Kage K, Shackelford D, Stewart LK.Cardiorespiratory fitness, visceral fat, and body fat, but not dietary inflammatory index, are related to C-reactive protein in cancer survivors. Nutr Health. 2019 Sep;25(3):195-202. doi: 10.1177/0260106019841840. Epub 2019 Apr 16. PubMed PMID: 30991889.

Lisano JK, Smith JD, Mathias AB,Christensen M,Smoak P, Phillips KT, Quinn CJ, Stewart LK. Performance and Health-Related Characteristics of Physically Active Males Using Marijuana. J Strength Cond Res. 2019 Jun;33(6):1658-1668. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002238. PubMed PMID: 29023325.

Stewart LK, Smoak P, Hydock DS, Hayward R, O'Brien K, Lisano JK, Boeneke C, Christensen M,Mathias A.Milk and kefir maintain aspects of health during doxorubicin treatment in rats. J Dairy Sci. 2019 Mar;102(3):1910-1917. doi: 10.3168/jds.2018-15576. Epub 2019 Jan 17. PubMed PMID: 30660421.

Forney  LA, Lenard NR, Stewart LK, Henagan TM.  Dietary Quercetin Attenuates Adipose Tissue Expansion and Inflammation and Alters Adipocyte Morphology in a Tissue-Specific Manner. (2018).  International Journal of Molecular Science. 19(3):  E895.

Forney LA, Dietrich MA, Johannsen NM, Henagan TM, Tuuri G, Nelson AG, Barkenmeyer AK,Stewart LK.  Emerging Relationships Between Vitamin D Status, Physical Activity Habits, and Immune Indices in College-Aged Females.  (2018).  International Journal of Vitamin and Nutrition Research. Epub ahead of print.

Lisano JK, Smith JD, Mathias AB, Christensen M, Smoak P, Phillips KT, Quinn CH, Stewart LK. Performance and Health Related Characteristics of Physically Active Males Using Marijuana. (2017).  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Oct. 10.  Epub ahead of print. 

O'Brien K, Boeneke C, Prinyawiwatkul W, Lisano J, Shackelford D, Reeves K, Christensen M,  Hayward R, Carabante Ordonez, Stewart LK.  Short Communication:  Sensory Analysis of a Kefir Product Designed for Active Cancer Survivors. (2017).  Journal of Dairy Science. 100(6):  4349-4353. 

Complete List of Published Work:  My Bibliography Link