Janet Kurzynske

Extension Professor

Phone (859) 257-9047
Fax (859) 257-3707

Dietetics and Human Nutrition
206F Funkhouser Building
Lexington KY 40506

Professional Profile


Dr. Janet S. Kurzynske has worked in the field of nutrition for over 40 years. Her career before coming to the University of Kentucky involved teaching for a school of nursing, developing programs for a hospital based health education center, being the nutrition director for an eating disorders facility, and owning a private practice. Since January 1991, she has had an academic appointment in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. Presently she is an Extension Professor in the department. 

Since joining the department, Dr. Kurzynske has been involved in research and program development for “at-risk” audiences.  She has secured nearly 8 million dollars in funding for her work with Children, Youth and Families at Risk and over 7 million dollars extramural funding for other endeavors.  She is the Director for the School of Human Environmental Sciences Research Center for Families and Children. In addition, she serves as co-chair for the University’s Non- Medical Institutional Review Board.  She has been the chair for two NIFA supported multi-state research projects: W1005: An Integrated Approach to Prevention of Obesity in High Risk Families; W2005: Parenting, energy dynamics, and lifestyle determinants of childhood obesity: New directions in prevention; and is one of the key authors of the recently approved W3005: Developing synergistic approaches to healthy weight in childhood through positive relationships, diet quality and physical activity.

She has received numerous honors including the highest award given by USDA – The Secretary’s Award in 2003 and Recipient of the Patricia Brantley Todd Awards for Excellence in Human Environmental Sciences for National Program Leadership 2013.. 

Course Instruction
  • DHN 784 - Special Problems in Financial Management
  • Food Safety
  • Obesity and the Built Environment
  • Public Policy
Extension and Outreach
  • Food Safety
  • Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR)
  • Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERnet) http://www.cyfernet.org/


Ph.D. University of Tennessee Nutrition

B.S. Hood College Home Economics / Food and Nutrition

Areas of Interest

Academics, Extension