Heidi Lynch, Ph.D., R.D.N.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Dr. Lynch's research focuses on the effect of plant-based diets and plant protein on physical health, athletic performance, and environmental sustainability. Her interest in plant-based diets is based in a desire to encourage people to eat in environmentally sustainable ways. Her current work involves validating vegan and vegetarian "Athlete Plates" (tools to help guide athletes about making proper dietary choices). Dr. Lynch has served on the board for Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES), and is on the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group's policy committee.


  • B.S., Applied Health Science, Wheaton College
  • M.S., Nutrition, Arizona State University
  • Ph.D., Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Wellness, Arizona State University

Courses Taught

  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition for Peak Performance (online) – KIN 6026
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology and Metabolism – KIN 6046
  • Research Project Seminar – KIN 6050
  • Directed Readings – KIN 6060

  • Nutrition for Exercise & Sport Performance – KIN 3030

  • Physiology of Exercise – KIN 3040

  • Physiology of Exercise Lab- KIN 3040L

  • Optimal Health- KIN 2000

  • Lifestyle as Medicine- KIN 2030