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

Associate 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 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), as well as leading a hospital-based food waste study that quantifies the environmental impact of food waste from vegetarian and meat-containing meals. Additionally, she is interested in determining college students' attitudes toward and perceptions of plant-based diets and prevalence of vegetarianism among collegiate students. Dr. Lynch currently serves 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 626
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology and Metabolism – KIN 646
  • Research Project Seminar – KIN 650