Suzanne Nelson, ScD, RD, is the fulltime sports nutritionist for Bryn Athyn College. She was a consultant to the San Francisco Giants and previously was the team nutritionist for the San Francisco 49ers and University of California. She served as the Director of Sports Nutrition for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Washington and as an adjunct Instructor in Nutrition in the Department of Epidemiology.
Dr. Nelson, a registered dietitian of the American Dietetic Association, has served as Chair of the Graduate Nutrition Education Department at Immaculata College, and as Clinical Director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she completed a fellowship in adolescent medicine. Additional professional experience includes Director of the Outpatient Nutrition Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Director of Clinical Trials at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Dr. Nelson was also a consulting nutritionist to USA Wrestling and a member of the nutrition advisory committee for USA Swimming.
Throughout her career, Dr. Nelson has worked with a variety of athletic teams and has counseled adolescent, collegiate and Olympic athletes. She is a nationally known speaker in sports nutrition. Her work with athletes has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and she is the author/editor of several books, including Ultimate Sports Nutrition,Nutrition for Sport and Exercise, Nutrition for Young Athletes, and Play Hard Eat Right: A Parents' Guide to Sports Nutrition for Children.
Dr. Nelson earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology at Ursinus College, her Master of Science in clinical nutrition at Drexel University, and her doctorate in nutritional science at Boston University.