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Sharon I. Kirkpatrick University of Waterloo, Canada

Dr. Sharon I. Kirkpatrick leads a public health nutrition research program based at the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Her research primarily focuses on understanding dietary patterns in populations and influences on these patterns, using a systems thinking lens to consider the array of factors at play. Much of her work is aimed at improving methodologies for measuring dietary patterns to foster a robust evidence base on the influence of diet on health and the environment and the impact of interventions. She also focuses on policy interventions, with an interest in the application of systems thinking to understand the array of factors that influence a given public health nutrition issue, including food insecurity and disordered eating, and the potential unintended effects of policies that may overlook some of these factors. She holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and Master of Health Science in Community Nutrition from the University of Toronto.