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

Assistant Professor of 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 teach in such an environment, integrating faith with critical thinking and learning.

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 examine how people can eat in environmentally sustainable ways. Her current work involves assessing collegiate and elite athletes' nutrition knowledge, as well as their physical health. Additionally, she is interested in determining college students' attitudes toward and perceptions of plant-based diets and prevalence of vegetarianism among collegiate students. Future work examining the impact of tart cherry juice on performance among Paralympic and able-bodied elite athletes is in development.


  • 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