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karina.christopher@eku.edu
859-622-1165

Karina Christopher, PhD, RD, LD

Associate Professor

Education

  • BS Food and Nutrition: Dietetics Northwest Missouri State University
  • MS Community Nutrition Eastern Kentucky University
  • PhD Gerontology University of Kentucky

Research/Academic Interests

  • Food culture and systems
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy and Interprofessional Education

Publications

Dr. Christopher’s work can be found in several journals including:

Associations/Affiliations/Work History

  • Master of Science, Community Nutrition2012-2015 Graduate Coordinator/Advisor
  • Master of Public Health, Public Health Nutrition2015-2020 Graduate Coordinator/Advisor
  • Master of Public Health2017-2020 Director
  • Department of Applied Human Sciences2013-present Marketing and Recruitment Committee Chair; 2013-present Graduate Assistant Supervisor; 2015-present Student Ambassador Supervisor
  • Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2012 Annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Exhibition - Program Chair; 2013 Annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Exhibition - Program Chair; 2013-2015 Secretary; 2015-2017 Nominating Committee; 2017-2018 President-Elect; 2018-2019 President ; 2019-2020 Past-President, Nominating Committee Chair; 2020-2021 Bylaws Chair
  • Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics2004-2005 Marketing & Public Relations Chair; 2005-2007 Awards & Honors Chair; 2007-2008 President-Elect; 2008-2009 President; 2009-2011 Registrar and Continuing Education Chair; 2011 September Dinner Meeting Chair; 2016-2017 Nominating Committee Chair
  • University of Kentucky Certificate for Human Performance Advisory Board 2013-2016
  • Madison County Cooperative Extension Second Sunday Board Member 2014-2017
  • UK Markey Cancer Center Senior Clinical Dietitian 2009-2012
  • Saint Joseph Health System Clinical Dietitian 2005-2007, 2008-2009
  • Saint Joseph Health System Clinical Nutrition Manager. 2007-2008

Awards/Accolades

  • Golden Apple Nomination for going above and beyond to make a difference in students’ lives, 2014
  • Special Contribution Award. Bluegrass District Dietetic Association, Awarded April 2008.
  • Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award, American Dietetic Association, Awarded April 2008
  • Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award. Kentucky Dietetic Association, Awarded April 2007