Ruth Leyse-Wallace, PhD was in one of the first dietetic internship programs that became Registered Dietitians in 1971 continuing the credential for 44 years. Her studies in dietetics began at Oklahoma State University and continued through the University of California at Davis earning a BS degree under advisor Frances Zeman, PhD. She obtained an MS degree and completed an internship at the Kansas University Medical Center under the internship Director Norge Jerome, PhD. Her career began at Osawatomie State Hospital in Kansas, continued at The Menninger Foundation in Topkea, Kansas, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego, and HPA Willow Park Hospital in Plano Texas. She returned to graduate school and earned a PhD degree in 1998 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, under the guidance of Mary Ann Kight, PhD, RD.
Dr Leyse-Wallace has served as adjunct faculty at Pima County Community College in Tucson, AZ and Mesa Community College in San Diego, CA. She has published three books: The Metaparadigm of Clinical Dietetics: Derivation and Application, Linking Nutrition To Mental Health, and Nutrition and Mental Health. She served five years as the Mental Health Resource Professional for the Behavioral Health Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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