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Kristina Petersen
Kristina S Petersen
Associate Professor
Summary Statement

Cardiovascular nutrition; diet quality as it relates to risk of CVD and diabetes; the role of foods, nutrients, bioactives and dietary patterns in the prevention of CVD and diabetes.

  • Nutritional Sciences - NUTR
  • PhD, University of South Australia, 2015
  • BNutDiet(Hons), Flinders Universit, 2011
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Office Address
303 Chandlee Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
Professional Credentials


Grants and Research Projects

•    Cardiovascular effects of a healthy dietary pattern containing eggs

•    Use of herbs/spices to reduce intake of overconsumed nutrients in the U.S.

•    Red Meat and Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO)

  • Petersen KS, Fulgoni VL, Hopfer H, Hayes JE, Gooding R, Kris-Etherton PM, 2023, Using herbs/spices to enhance the flavor of commonly consumed foods reformulated to be lower in overconsumed dietary components is an acceptable strategy and has the potential to lower intake of saturated fat and sodium: A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey analysis & blind tasting, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 10.1016/j.jand.2023.07.025
  • Gardner CD, Vadiveloo MK, Petersen KS, Anderson CAM, Springfield S, Van Horn L, Khera A, Lamendola C, Mayo SM, Joseph JJ, 2023, Popular Dietary Patterns: Alignment With American Heart Association 2021 Dietary Guidance: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association, Circulation, doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000001146
  • Petersen KS, Anderson S, Chen See JR, Leister J, Kris-Etherton PM, Lamendella R, 2022, Herbs and Spices Modulate Gut Bacterial Composition in Adults At Risk for Cardiovascular Disease: Results of a Pre-Specified Exploratory Analysis from a Randomized, Crossover, Controlled-Feeding Study, Journal of Nutrition, doi: 10.1093/jn/nxac201.
  • Sapp PA, Kris-Etherton PM, Arnesen EA, Chen See JR, Lamendella R, Petersen KS, 2022, Peanuts as a nighttime snack enrich butyrate-producing bacteria compared to an isocaloric lower-fat higher-carbohydrate snack in adults with elevated fasting glucose: A randomized crossover trial, Clinical Nutrition, doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2022.08.004.
  • Lichtenstein AH, Kris-Etherton PM, Petersen KS, Matthan NR, Barnes S, Vitolins MZ, Li Z, Sabaté J, Rajaram S, Chowdhury S, Davis KM, Galluccio J, Gilhooly CH, Legro RS, Li J, Lovato L, Perdue LH, Petty G, Rasmussen AM, Segovia-Siapco G, Sirirat R, Sun A, Reboussin DM, 2022, Effect of Incorporating One Avocado Per Day Versus Habitual Diet on Visceral Adiposity: A Randomized Trial, Journal of the American Heart Association,11(14):e025657.
  • Petersen KS & Kris-Etherton PM, 2021, Diet Quality Assessment and the Relationship between Diet Quality and Cardiovascular Disease Risk, Nutrients, doi: 10.3390/nu13124305.
  • Petersen KS, Davis KM, Rogers CJ, Proctor DN, West SG, Kris-Etherton PM, 2021, Herbs and spices at a relatively high culinary dose improves 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure in adults at risk for cardiometabolic diseases: a randomized, crossover, controlled-feeding study, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, doi:10.1093/ajcn/nqab291.