Associate Professor

Contact information

Office: LHN 1713

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 47054


Website: Sharon Kirkpatrick, PhD, RD


Sharon Kirkpatrick

Research interests

Understanding people’s eating patterns—including what they eat and drink and contextual factors that influence diet—is essential to better elucidating how diet influences health as well as how to support eating patterns consistent with disease prevention. The main focus of my work is on improving and disseminating strategies for appropriately collecting, analyzing, and interpreting dietary data. Additional interests include food policy, the environmental sustainability of current eating patterns, food environments, and food access among marginalized populations. My work also explores the utility of systems thinking and methods to better understand the array of factors that influence major nutrition challenges and the effectiveness of interventions to address these challenges.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with research interests related to:

  • Dietary assessment methods
  • Dietary patterns in relation to health and other characteristics
  • Application of systems thinking/methods to nutrition and health challenges

Graduate studies application details

Teaching interests

  • Nutrition 
  • Systems thinking in health


BKin Kinesiology, McMaster University

BASc Applied Human Nutrition, University of Guelph

MHSc Community Nutrition, University of Toronto

PhD Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Calgary

Visiting Fellow, National Cancer Institute, U.S.A.

Selected publications

See Google Scholar for full list of publications.

Selected professional activities and networks

Partnership for Advancing Nutrition and Dietary Assessment in Canada

Scientific Steering Committee, The Tomorrow Project, Alberta Health Services

Surveillance Measurement Error Working Group, U.S. National Cancer Institute

University of Waterloo