Kris is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Registered Nutritionist (R.Nutr) working in research and teaching at VU as well as in private practice. Kris holds professional memberships with the Dietitian's Australia and Nutrition Society of Australia and contributes to advisory committees on nutrition and wellness issues. Kris is also experienced in consulting to the corporate sector and as an invited guest speaker at wellness seminars.
Key research interests include public health nutrition and environments to make healthy eating more accessible, include planetary health (sustainable food), and understanding the role of diet in preventing chronic diseases such as cancer. Kris’ PhD investigated polyphenols and colorectal cancer. Research experience includes nutrition epidemiology, systematic reviews, clinical trials, food science, hospital interventions, cancer cell studies, food environment audits and collaborations with other researchers and food industry.
As a private practice dietitian in a multi-disciplinary medical centre, Kris keeps connected to her clinical profession in supporting clients in nutritional management of chronic disease and dietary-related health conditions, with specialist areas of practice including cardiovascular disease, coeliac disease, food allergy/sensitivity and nutrition and cancer.
In Kris’ role as a Teaching Focussed Academic at VU, Kris teaches human nutrition and public health and is responsible for co-ordination of the food and nutrition first-year units as part of the Bachelor of Nutritional Science/Master of Dietetics and Bachelor of Human Nutrition programs.