Wendy Cunningham, Ph.D, R.D., E.T.T.
California State University, Sacramento
Family & Consumer Sciences
Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies

FACS 113
FACS 118a
FACS 118b
FACS 170
FACS 221

Contact Information

Dietetic Internship

Dietetics Special Major


Papers & Publications

Professional Associations

Honors & Awards

Wendy has a bachelor of science degree from the University of California at Davis in Dietetics with a minor in Exercise Physiology.  She completed her dietetic internship at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.  Before completing a doctoral degree in nutrition from the University of California at Davis, she practiced as a registered clinical dietitian in acute care, outpatient services and in research at the University of California Davis Medical Center for 8 years.  She now enjoys being the dietetic internship director and teaching nutrition courses at the California State University, Sacramento.

Dietetic Internship at California State University, Sacramento
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Contact Information


Associate Professor, Dietetic Internship Director

Office Hours:

contact for an appointment

E-mail Address:


Office Telephone:

(916) 278 -6732


(916) 278-7520

Mailing Address:

CSU, Sacramento - FACS Dept.

6000 J Street, MRP 3000

Sacramento, CA 95819-6053

Classes Taught include FACS 10, FACS 113, FACS 118A, FACS 118B, FACS 170 and FACS 221a/b.

Papers and Publications

  1. Kasim-Karakas SE, Cunningham WM, Tsodikov A.  Relation of nutrients and hormones in polycystic ovary syndrome.  Am J Clin Nutr. 2007; 85(3):  699-94.

  2. Mueller-Cunningham WM, Hyson DA.  “The Skinny on Low Carbohydrate, High Protein Diets” Preventive Cardiology, 2006 Summer;9(3):166-71.

  3. Mueller-Cunningham WM, Quintant R, Kasim-Karakas SE.  An ad-libitum, very low-fat diet results in weight loss and changes in nutrient intake in post-menopausal women.  J Amer Diet Assoc. 2003; 103(12): 1600-1606.

  4. Mueller-Cunningham WM, Hyson DA. A Practical Approach to the Dietary Treatment of Hypertriglyceridemia; Preventive Cardiology: IV(IV): 183-185. 2002

  5. Mueller WM, Gregoire FM, Stanhope KL, Havel PJ. Effects of Metformin and Vanadium on Leptin Secretion In Vitro. International Journal of Obesity. 2000
  6. Kasim-Karakas SE, Almario RU, Mueller WM, Peerson J. Changes in plasma lipoproteins during low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets: effects of energy intake. Am J Clin Nutr 2000 Jun;71(6):1439-47
  7. Hyson DA, Mueller WM.  A Few Simple Dietary Changes Can Reduce Fat Intake by Half and Significantly Lower Coronary Heart Disease Risk”  Preventive Cardiology. 1998

  8. Mueller, WM, Gregoire FM, Stanhope KL, Mobbs CV, Mizuno TM, Warden CH, Stern JS, Havel PJ.  Evidence that glucose metabolism regulates leptin secretion from cultured rat adipocytes.  1998 Endocrinology 139:  551-558.

  9.  Landt M, Gingerich RL, Havel PJ, Mueller WM, Schoner B, Hale JE, Heiman ML.  Radioimmunoassay of rat leptin:  sexual dimorphism reversed from humans.  1998  Clinical Chemistry 44:3:  565-570.

  10. Kasim-Karakas SE, Lane E, Almario R, Mueller W, Walzem R.  Effects of dietary fat restriction on particle size of plasma lipoproteins in postmenopausal women.  Metabolism:  Clinical and Experimental.  1997; 46(4):  431-6.

  11. Peter J. Havel, Sidika Kasim-Karakas, Wendy Mueller, Patricia Johnson, Ronald Fingerich, Judith Stern.  Relationship of Plasma Leptin to Plasma Insulin and Adiposity in Normal Weight and Overweight Women:  Effects of Dietary Fat Content and Sustained Weight Loss.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.  1996; 81:  4406-4413.

  12. Sidika E. Kasim-Karakas, Rogelio U Almario,  Nicole Harris, Laura Zercher, and Wendy Cunningham.  A NOVEL MECHNISM BY WHICH POST-PRANDIAL HYPOGLYCEMIA CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CENTRAL OBESITY, INSULIN RESISTANCE AND HIRSUTISM IN PCOS, Endo June 2005.

  13. Sidika E. Kasim-Karakas, Rogelio U Almario, Nicole Harris, Nancy Wong, Laura Zercher and Wendy M Cunningham.  Endcrine Consequences of Reactive Hypoglycemia in Patients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Endo June 2005.

  14. B. L. Adler BS; W. M. Mueller-Cunningham PhD, RD, D. A. Hyson PhD, MS, RD; S. Wie, PhD, MS; P. J. Tripp PhD, MS; J. D. Andersen PhD, MS; M. K. Shilts PhD. MOTIVATIONAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MALES AND FEMALES FOR ENROLLING IN AN ENTRY LEVEL NUTRITION COURSE, CDA April 2005.   


  16. R.A. Rubinstein, BS; D. A. Hyson PhD, MS, RD; M. K. Shilts PhD, MS; S. Wie, PhD, MS; P. J. Tripp PhD, MS; J. D. Andersen PhD, MS; W. M. Mueller-Cunningham PhD, RD.  THE EFFECT OF NUTRITION EDUCATION ON COLLEGE STUDENTS’ FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CONSUMPTION PATTERNS, CDA April 2005.

  17. Allen A, Adler BL, Hyson DA, Shilts MK, Wie S, Tripp PJ, Andersen JD, Mueller-Cunningham WM.  Sources of Nutrition Information Among College Students, CDA April 2005. 

  18. Mueller-Cunningham W, Kasim-Karakas SE.  Comparison of the Nutritional Composition of 3 menus by Chemical Laboratory Analysis Versus Computer Program Analysis, CDA April 2003. 

  19. Mueller-Cunningham W, Stanhope K, Havel P.  The effects of Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone on Leptin Secretion from Cultured Rat Adipocytes, CDA April 2002.   

  20. Ingrid L. Rudolph, Wendy M. Mueller, Kimber L.  Stanhope, Judith S. Stern, and Peter J. Havel.  Fructose and Citrate Stimulate Leptin Secretion in the Presence of Low Glucose Concentrations from Cultured Rat Adipocytes.  North American Association for the Study of Obesity Annual Conference Cancun, Mexico. 1997. 

  21. Peter J. Havel, Wendy Mueller, Sidika Kasim-Karakas, Patricia R. Johnson, Ronald L. Gingerich, and Judith S. Stern.  Plasma Leptin (Ob/Ob Protein) Decreases with Adiposity but not with Dietary Fat Content and Correlates with Plasma Insulin Levels in Obese and Lean Women.  American Diabetes Association.  1996.

  22. Wendy Mueller, Stephen Phinney, Sidika Kasim-Karakas.  Changes in Energy Requirements during Weight Maintenance on a Low-fat, High Carbohydrate Diet.  Presented at the American Heart Scientific Conference in San Antonio, Texas 1995.

  23. Sidika Kasim-Karakas, Rogelio Almario, Wendy Mueller, Tissa C. Kappagoda.  High Density Lipoproteins Biomarkers of Dietary Fat Intake in Post Menopausal Women.  Presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Conference in San Antonio, Texas 1995.

  24. Rogelio U. Almario, Wendy Mueller, Sidika Kasim-Karakas.  Changes in Plasma Lipoproteins During Controlled and Self-Selected Low-Fat Diets in Postmenopausal Women.  AHA October 1995.

  25. S.D. Phinney, W. Mueller, A.B. Tang, S.E. Kasim-Karakas.  Evidence for Increasing Lipogenesis with BMI and Following Eucaloric High Carbohydrate Feeding in Women.  NAASO-SSIB

  26. C.R. Hunt, R.G. Holly, FACSM, R.B. Drone, W. Mueller, E.A. Amsterdam.  Kinetics of Serum Cholesterol Change:  Response to a Very Low Fat and Cholesterol Diet.  ACSM 1994.  

Professional Affiliations

The American Dietetic Association - Registered Dietitian

American College of Sports Medicine - Certified Exercise Test Technologist

California Dietetic Association – active member

Northern Area Dietetics Association - Membership Chair (local dietetics chapter)

Food & Nutrition Club - Faculty Advisor (CSUS student group)

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the American Dietetics Assocation 2007.
Excellence in Education Award
from the California Dietetic Association 2005.
Member of
:  Omicron Nu National Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Sigma national Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Scholastic Honor Society.
Outstanding Performance Citation in dietetics from the University of California, Davis

Send problems, comments or suggestions to: wcunningham@csus.edu

California State University, Sacramento
Family & Consumer Sciences
Social Sciences & Interdisiplinary Studies

Updated: March 2007