The School of Public Health and Health Systems is a division of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Office: LHN 1713
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 37054
Website: Sharon Kirkpatrick, PhD, RD
Twitter: Follow @SIKirkpatrick
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
- 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.
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