Judith Lukaszuk, Ph.D., RDN, LDN

Judith Lukaszuk
Title: Professor
Division: Health Studies
Unit: Nutrition and Dietetics
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 236
Office Phone: 815-753-6352
Office Fax: 815-753-5406
Email: jmlukaszuk@niu.edu

Courses Taught

  • NUTR 415 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • NUTR 416 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • NUTR 414 Nutrition as Medicine
  • NUTR 514 Nutrition as Medicine*
  • NUTR 613 Advanced Sports Nutrition*
  • NUTR 615 Intensive Nutrition Support
  • NUTR 645 Macronutrients*
  • NUTR 646 Micronutrients

*Core courses required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Sports Nutrition.


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Exercise Physiology 1999
  • M.S., University of Pittsburgh, Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition 1994
  • B.S., Seton Hill College, Dietetics (Coordinated Program) 1988

Dissertation Topic

Ergogenic effect of oral creatine monohydrate supplementation 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)

*Shokrani M, Lukaszuk J, Walker DA, McMann H, Kim E. (2022). “Assessment of Intake of Cinnamon Supplements on Hemoglobin A1C Levels in Pre-Diabetics." Integrative Medicine Reports.

*#Lukaszuk, J.M., Shokrani, M., Ghosh Roy, P., Hoppensteadt, J., Umoren, J. (2018). Effect of Antigen Leukocyte Cellular Activation Test-Based Diet on Inflammation, Body Composition, and Medical Symptoms. Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 25 (5) 1-6.

*Lukaszuk, J.M., Walker, D.A., Shokrani, M., Umoren, J., Norman, E. (2017). Assessment of vitamin B12 tissue store in elderly proton pump inhibitor usersCogent Medicine4(1), 1389639. 

*Lukaszuk, J.M., Luebbers, P.E. (2017). 25(OH)D status: Effect of D3 supplement. Obesity Science & Practice. 3(1), 99-105. 

*#Lukaszuk, J.M., Umoren, J., Warner, T.S., Shokrani, M., Norman, E.J. (2015). Assessment of Urinary Methylmalonic Acid Levels in Older Adults on Proton Pump InhibitorsEC Nutrition 2.1: 259-266.

*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 Noninvasive Vitamin D Screening Tool. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 40: 229-240.

*#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 treadmill running: Pre/post 2 treatment experimental design. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2010,7:20.

*#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.

*#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.


Received Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award by the University in 2007

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