- M.S., Nutrition and Dietetics at Florida International University, Miami in 1998
- Ph.D., Nutrition, Minor Epidemiology at School of Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill in 2002
Certificates & Licenses
- R.D.- Florida International University, Dietetic Internship in 1998
- Development of a composite diet quality assessment tool for the U.S. preschool-age population
Awards & Honors
- Certificate of Appreciation from The Obesity Society - Nutrition Epidemiology Section, 2010
- Certificate of Appreciation from American Public Health Association-Food and Nutrition Section, 2007 - 2011
- Outstanding Student Award from American Public Health Association-Food and Nutrition Section , 2001
- Research Service Award from National Institute of Health (NIH), 1999
- Merit Award from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998
- Faculty Recognition Award from Florida International University, Department of Nutrition, 1997
- Outstanding Dietetics Student Award from American Dietetic Association, 1997
Activities & Memberships
- Test Activity (Title) from Organization, 2000 - 2010
- Dietary intake issues in young children, especially in two- through five-year olds, have not received as much attention as younger or older age groups of children. Diet behavior is shaped during the preschool-age years and the effect of diet quality on children's health has been widely recognized. Furthermore, dietary intake habits track into adulthood and continue to affect the individual's health. Therefore, improving the diets of the pediatric population is an important public health goal.
There is a need to increase our understanding of the factors involved in pediatric nutrition and the prevention of childhood obesity as well as other chronic diseases. The research conducted in the KranzLab contributes to that goal by conducting translational research from analyzing nationally representative data sets (esp. NHANES) to explore dietary intake patterns and diet-disease relationships to conducting community-based, random-controlled intervention studies in families, child care centers, and schools to examine the effect of nutrition interventions on children's diets as well as conducting laboratory-based research on children's intake behavior under various controlled conditions.
- Davison KK, Jurkowski JM, Li K, Kranz S, Lawson HA. A childhood obesity intervention developed by families for families: Outcome evaluation results. International Journal of Nutrition Behavior and Physical Activity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(3), 2013. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-10-3
- Zuercher JL, Kranz S. Toddlers and preschoolers consume more dietary fiber when high-fiber lunch items are served. Childhood Obesity, 8:1, 2012.
- Zuercher JL, Kranz S. College eating 101: Factors influencing students’ food decisions. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 5(1), 2012
- Clemens R, Kranz S, Mobley AR, Nicklas TA, Raimondi MP, Rodriguez JC, Slavin JL, Warshaw H. Filling America's Fiber Intake Gap: Summary of a Roundtable to Probe Realistic Solutions with a Focus on Grain-Based Foods. The Journal of Nutrition,142(7):1390S-401S, 2012
- Carr N, Kranz S. A pilot study on the new USDA Meal Pattern for School Breakfast in a sample of first-grade students. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 3(9), 1329-33, 2012. DOI: 10.4236/fns.2012.39175
- Kranz S, Brauchla M, Slavin JL, Miller KB. What Do We Know about Dietary Fiber Intake in Children and Health? The Effects of Fiber Intake on Constipation, Obesity, and Diabetes in Children. Advances in Nutrition, 3:47-53, 2012.
- Boyer LE, Laurentz S, McCabe GP, Kranz S. Shape of snack foods does not predict snack intake in a sample of preschoolers: a cross-over study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(94), 2012. DOI:10.1186/1479-5868-9-94
- Brauchla M, Juan W, Story J, Kranz S. Sources of dietary fiber and the association of fiber intake with childhood obesity risk (in 2-18 year olds) and diabetes risk of adolescents 12-18 year olds: NHANES 2003-2006. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2012 (7 pages) DOI:10.1155/2012/2736258
- Davison KK, Nishi A, Kranz S, Wyckoff L, May J, Earle-Richardson G, Strogatz D, Jenkins P. Associations among social capital, parenting for active lifestyles, and youth physical activity in rural families living in upstate New York. Social Science and Medicine, 75(8), 1488-1496, 2012
- Kranz S, Marshall YW, Wight A, Bordi PL, Kris-Etherton PM. Liking and consumption of high- fiber snacks in preschool-age children. Food Quality and Preference. 22(5): 486-489, 2011.
- Zuercher JL, Grace E, Kranz S. Comparing diet quality in childcare center menus after revision. Childhood Obesity, 7:5, 2011.
- Zuercher JL, Kranz S. College eating 101: Factors influencing students food decisions. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 2011.
- Zuercher JL, Wagstaff DA, Kranz S. Associations of food group and nutrient intake, diet quality, and meal sizes between adults and children in the same household: a cross-sectional analysis of U.S. households. Nutrition Journal, 10:131, 2011.
- Jilcott SB, Liu H, DuBose KD, Chen S, Kranz S. A mixed-methods examination of food stamp participation, meals away from home, body mass index, and waist circumference. J Nutr Educ Behav 43(2):110-115, 2011.
- Cheng G, Gerlach S, Libuda L, Kranz S, Günther ALB, Karaolis-Danckert N, Kroke A, Buyken AE. Diet quality in childhood is prospectively associated with the timing of puberty, but not with body composition at puberty onset. J Nutr. 140(1):95-102, 2010.
- Kranz S, Mitchell D, Smiciklas-Wright H, Huang S, Kumanyika SS, Stettler N. Consumption of recommended food groups among children from medically underserved communities. J Am Diet Assoc. 109(4):702-707, 2009. PMCID: PMC2696191.
- Wagstaff DA, Kranz S, Harel O. A preliminary study of active compared with passive imputation of missing body mass index values among non-Hispanic white youths. Am J Clin Nutr: 89(4):1025–30, 2009. PMCID: PMC2667453.
- Eng S, Wagstaff DA, Kranz S. Eating late in the evening is associated with childhood obesity in some age groups but not in all children: the relationship between time of consumption and body weight status in U.S. children. JISBNPA, 6:27, 2009. PMCID: PMC2689163.
- Kott PS, Guenther P, Wagstaff DA, Juan W, Kranz S. Fitting a linear model to survey data when the long-term average daily intake of a dietary component is an explanatory variable. Survey Research Methods. 3:157-165 2009.
- Kranz S, Findeis JL, Shresta SS. Use of the Revised Diet Quality Index for Children to assess preschoolers’ diet quality, its sociodemographic predictors, and its association with body weight status. J Pediatr (Rio J).84(1):26-34, 2008.
- Ruder EH, Dorgan JF, Kranz S, Kris-Etherton PM, Hartman TJ. Examining breast cancer growth and lifestyle risk factors: Early life, childhood and adolescence. Clin Breast Cancer. 8(4):334-342, 2008. PMCID: PMC2666469.
- Miller P, Demark-Wahnefried W, Clutter Snyder D, Sloane R, Morey MC, Cohen H, Kranz S, Mitchell DC, Hartman TJ. Dietary supplement use among elderly, long-term cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2(3):138-148, 2008. PMCID: PMC2766274.
- Kranz S. Mahood LJ. Wagstaff DA. Diagnostic criteria patterns of U.S. children with Metabolic Syndrome: NHANES 1999-2002. Nutr J. 6:38, 2007. PMCID: PMC2194729.
- Kranz S, Lin PJ, Wagstaff DA. Children’s dairy intake in the United States: Too little, too fat? J Pediatr. 151(6): 642-646, 2007.
Books, Chapters & Monograph Publications
- The development of continuing education workshop material (DVD and education module) for parents and caretakers of young children titled "The importance of dietary fiber in preschool-age children" which is distributed by the Pennsylvania State University Extension Service, which is available on the KranzLab website (www.kranzlab.net).
|Nutr 33000||Diet Selection and Planning: Diet selection for health maintenance in culturally diverse populations based on current dietary guides with utilization of the computer for diet evaluation. Typically offered in the Fall.|
|Nutr 42600||Supervised Practice, Community Nutrition Rotation. Offered in Fall for CPD students only.|
|Nutr 44300||Supervised Practice, Food Service Management Rotation. Offered in Fall for CPD students only.|
|Nutr 46100||Supervised Practice, Medical Nutrition Therapy Rotation. Offered in Spring for CPD students only.|
|Nutr 46500||Supervised Practice, Engagement (specialty) Rotation. Offered in Spring for CPD students only.|
International Programs & Activities
- Research projects include the examination of diet quality and nutrition interventions to reduce children's risk for chronic diseases.