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

Faculty, Kinesiology

Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Dr. Lynch worked as an outpatient Registered
Dietitian Nutritionist counseling patients with chronic kidney disease,
hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and obesity. She also taught Principles of
Human Nutrition at Mesa Community College and Estrella Mountain Community
College during this time. During her doctoral work, Dr. Lynch served as
Arizona's state coordinator for the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetics Practice
Group. Having attended a small, Christian college, she is very excited to
return to this environment, integrating faith with critical thinking and

Dr. Lynch's research focuses on the effect of plant-based diets and plant
protein on anthropometric and athletic performance outcomes. Her interest
in plant-based diets is based in a desire to examine how people can eat in
environmentally sustainable ways. Her current work is comparing an animal
and plant protein supplement, matched for leucine content, on strength and
body composition changes with resistance training. Future work will explore
these responses among vegetarians. Additionally, she is interested in
determining college students' attitudes toward and perceptions of
plant-based diets, prevalence of vegetarianism among collegiate students,
and the effect of vegetarian diets on the gut microbiome.


  • 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 626
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology and Metabolism – KIN 646
  • Research Project Seminar – KIN 650