Dr. Karrie Kalich
“My goal,” says Karrie Kalich, “is for students to obtain marketable skills that add value to their future and the communities they serve and a love of learning.” Her favorite teaching moments include working side-by-side with students on community-based health initiatives, and she appreciates Keene State’s small classroom environment, which provides the opportunity to engage students in project-based learning in community settings.
Degrees and Credentials:
- BS, with honors and distinction, Health & Human Development, Penn State University
- BS, Summa Cum Laude, Home Economics, Keene State College
- RD, St. Luke’s Hospital/Mayo Clinic; MS, Nutrition Sciences, Boston University
- PhD, Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University
My research and community outreach focuses on obesity prevention in young children. Given that children largely develop their dietary habits from birth to age 5, I have targeted early childhood for much of my research.
- Clinical Dietitian, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA
- Outpatient Dietitian, Medical Care Affiliates, Boston
- Outpatient Dietitian for Faculty/Staff Wellness Program-Boston University, Boston
- Research Affiliate, Clinical Research Center – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Awards & Accolades:
- Institute Scholar of the Tufts University Center for College Teaching Excellence (2000)
- Albert Schweitzer Fellow; Campus Compact President’s Good Steward Award
- National Gardening Association’s Health Sprout Award
- U.S. Surgeon General’s Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future Champion Award
- 2009 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formally the American Dietetic Association)
- Mary Abbott Hess Award for Recognition of an Innovative Food and Culinary Effort
- 2011 Keene State College Faculty Distinction in Research and Scholarship Award
Selected Professional Work:
Creating the Nutritionally Purposeful Preschool Classroom by Karrie Kalich, Dottie Bauer and Deirdre McPartlin, Young Children (accepted – in press).
Early Sprouts Cookbook by Karrie Kalich, Lynn Arnold, and Carole Russell, Redleaf Press, copyright 2011. Early Sprouts: Cultivating Healthy Food Habits in Young Children – Karrie Kalich, Dottie Bauer, Deirdre McPartlin, Redleaf Press, copyright 2009.