Faculty and Staff

Kristen HeitmanKristen Heitman, PhD, RDN, LD
Assistant Professor of Practice

Division of Health Sciences


228G Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Research Methods 
  • Dietary Assessment
  • Health Promotion
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Implementation and Evaluation Research


Dr. Heitman is an assistant professor in the undergraduate health sciences program who specializes in teaching research methods, evidence-based practice, and scientific writing skills to aspiring healthcare professionals. She spent the first part of her career working as a research dietitian, supporting investigators in the planning and execution of clinical trials. Her doctoral work focused on implementation and evaluation of the a new competency-based education program for training registered dietitians which elucidated effective teaching methods, best practices, and facilitators/barriers to program implementation.

Recent Publications

Heitman K, Fanelli S, Garner J, Roberts K, Nahikian-Nelms M, Kennel J, Taylor C. Stakeholder Perceptions of a Hybrid Competency-Based Education Program in Dietetics. Journal of Dietetic Education, 2024: 2(1); 5-19.

Heitman K, Thomas S, Kelly O, Fanelli S, Krok-Schoen J, Luo M, Taylor C. Contribution of Snacks to Dietary Intakes among Adults Stratified by Glycemia in the United States. PLOS Global Public Health, 2023: 3(10); e0000802. doi: 10.1371/journal/pgph.0000802.

Heitman K*, Proaño G*, Papoutsakis C, Diaque P, Steiber A, Taylor C. Learning Outcomes from a Virtual Nutrition Care Process Workshop Delivered to Nutrition and Dietetics Professionals in Mexico. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 2023:38(2);113-124. doi 10.1097/TIN.0000000000000292 (*Co-first authors)

Heitman K, Fanelli S, Taylor C. Contribution of Snacks to Dietary Intakes Stratified by Race/Ethnicity in the United States. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2023:42(1);85-93. doi 10.1080/07315724.2021.1994051

Heitman K, Nahikian-Nelms M, Roberts K. Assessment of Calcium and Vitamin D Intake in Outpatient Gastroenterology and Hepatology Clinic. Topics In Clinical Nutrition, 2020; 35(3):200-209.

Recent Presentations

Virtual Standardized Paitent Experiences Contribute to Clinical Self-Efficacy in Dietetics Students. The Ohio State University College of Medicine Education Symposium, Columbus, OH., 2023.

Nutrition Considerations in Clinical Trials. Center for Clinical Research Management Clinical Research Professional Training Series at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH., 2023.

The Zoom Dissertation: Building Capacity for Research in Nutrition Education and Behavior with Technology. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA., 2022.

Nutrition Care Process Workshop Pilot: Mexico. International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Webinar, 2021.  


  • PhD, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University
  • MS, Human Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University
  • BS, Dietetics, Michigan State University