Kyly Whitfield, PhD

Associate Professor
Evaristus 319
Phone: 902-457-5978

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PhD, Human Nutrition (2016)
Dissertation: Fortified fish sauce: a novel means of improving thiamin status in rural Cambodia
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

MSc, Human Health and Nutritional Sciences (2012)
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

BSc, Biological Sciences (2010)
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

Research Interests

Dr. Whitfield is passionate about international nutrition, with interests in identifying and combating micronutrient deficiencies during ‘the first thousand days’ window, from conception through 2 years. Dr. Whitfield’s doctoral research focused on the use of thiamin-fortified fish sauce to address maternal thiamin deficiency and infantile beriberi in rural Cambodia, an area where thiamin-related infant mortality remains a major public health issue. At the Mount, Dr. Whitfield plans to continue exploring public health interventions to combat nutrition deficiencies in resource-poor settings.

Select Honours, Awards, and Distinctions

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Canadian Nutrition Society CIHR INMD – CNS New Investigator Partnership Prize (2020)
  • Mount Saint Vincent University Early Career Research Award (Inaugural Recipient, 2019)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Award – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (2014- 2016)
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Award (2013 – 2015)


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SDGs for Kyly Whitfield: No poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being