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Katherine Eckert

Arrell Scholar, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition


Katherine is the first Arrell Scholar to be working within the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition in the College of Social and Applied Health Sciences.  She will be working toward a PhD with Dr. Jess Haines where her research aim is to develop and test strategies that promote the consumption of plant-based foods among Canadian families with young children through the Guelph Family Health Study.

“Successful enhancement of dietary plant-based protein intake among Canadians would represent a critical advancement in supporting the vision of Arrell Food Institute for a future where people in all communities have access to safe and healthful food through sustainable food systems.”

Hailing from Kippens, Newfoundland, Katherine received her BSc in Nutrition from Acadia University and her MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS.  She is currently working as a Research Assistant at the Couples & Sexual Health Lab at Dalhousie University.

“I hope to engage families with young children in this research to build effective, contextually-relevant, and evidence-based strategies and knowledge translation tools to promote the consumption of plant-based foods.”