Cary Kreutzer, EdD, MPH, RD, FAND

Instructional Professor of Clinical Gerontology and Pediatrics
Director of Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity Program

Expertise: Nutrition and diets, Nutrigenomics, Wellness


  • EdD, Educational Psychology Concentration, USC Rossier School of Education
  • MPH, Health Services Management and Administration, University of Washington
  • BA, Economics, Nutrition and Dietetics, California State University Fresno


Cary Kreutzer, EdD, MPH, RD, FAND, has been a practicing Registered Dietitian since 1982, primarily serving at-risk and underserved pediatric and young adult populations. She worked in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates as a clinical dietitian and directed maternal and child health nutrition for the New Mexico Department of Public Health. For over 20-years she directed community education at the USC Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Teaching responsibilities have included part-time nutrition courses at several universities in Southern CA and since 2014 at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology where she now teaches full-time. Over a 20-year period she served as a consultant on the state review team, California Children’s Medical Services Branch, as a hospital reviewer of inpatient, outpatient and intensive care units and providing individual counseling in the Medical Therapy Program. She continues to provide limited services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Alta Med Pediatric Clinic running healthy eating workshops for parents and children who are overweight or obese. Training in leadership and interdisciplinary care has prepared her for ongoing mentoring of students in the health disciplines. She has been the recipient of local, state and federal grants targeting health systems improvement, improved access to care and public health training and education. Her areas of expertise include obesity prevention and intervention, developmental disabilities and chronic illness, public health and nutrition education, nutrition and health literacy, health systems and health care access. In the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology she is leading the start-up of a Distance Master’s Degree Coordinated Program in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity. The program is accreditation-eligible through the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics; and, approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to deliver the program online.

Following completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, Kreutzer completed a Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She received a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Health Services Management and Administration from the University of Washington, Seattle. She then completed a Doctorate Degree in Urban Education Leadership, with an emphasis in Educational Psychology at USC, Rossier School of Education.

Email: kreutzer@usc.edu

Office Location: GER 231d

Office Phone: (213) 740-9205

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Curriculum Vitae