Gail Frank is a Nutritional Epidemiologist having designed and implemented the dietary studies for the Bogalusa Heart Study for 16 years to investigate the association of dietary components on the early natural history of cardiovascular disease in children. She was Co-Principal Investigator for the ‘Women’s Health Initiative’ at the University of California, Irvine for 10 years and Co-Project Director of USDA-NIFA grants focusing on Latino health promotion and nutrition for 8 years. In 2000, she founded “Students Active in Community Health’ (SACH) at California State University Long Beach to focus college students on health issues of diverse, multicultural groups in the U.S. Gail served 19 years as a media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and developed an accredited dietetic internship training over 300 registered dietitians into the profession. Among her major areas of her interest is health promotion with nutrition across the lifecycle.
Gail is a Professor of Nutrition at California State University Long Beach. She received her B.S. nutrition degree from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, and both her MPH in Public Health Nutrition and DrPH in Epidemiology from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. Gail is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She has received several awards for excellence in education and research and is the single author of the textbook, Community Nutrition, Applying Epidemiology to Contemporary Practice.