Kyly C Whitfield, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Human Nutrition

Dr. Whitfield leads the MAMA Lab. She is passionate about nutrition in the first 1,000 days, from conception to two years, and her research program aims to explore both the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of feeding during this time. Kyly earned her PhD in Human Nutrition at the University of British Columbia (Dr. Tim Green), and joined the Mount as an Assistant Professor in July 2016. Learn more at Home/About. Kyly loves babies (especially her niece and two nephews), and is happiest when she’s travelling and tasting new foods around Canada and the globe!


Caroline Anderson, MSc AHN Student

Caroline is a 2nd year graduate student, and a group exercise and yoga instructor who is passionate about mental health. Given a rise in popularity bodybuilding and physique competitions, and her interest in the effect of the intense eating and exercise regimes on the mental health of the competitors, Caroline is studying the potential relationships between eating disorders/disordered eating, muscle dysmorphia and exercise addiction among bodybuilding men.


Kathleen Chan, MSc AHN Student

Kathleen recently started her MSc in Applied Human Nutrition and holds a BSc in Environmental Biology and a BSc in Applied Human Nutrition (Dietetics). Kathleen had the pleasure of completing her honours research on infant feeding knowledge and attitudes in the general public under the supervision of Dr. Whitfield. For her masters research, she working with the Trial of Thiamine Supplementation in Cambodia project, a multidisciplinary study exploring thiamine deficiency diseases in rural Cambodia. Kathleen's analysis will specifically examine salt consumption among lactating mothers to assess salt as a potential fortification vehicle for thiamine. She is thrilled to be spending this year with fellow student Jelisa Gallant in Cambodia and to be learning more about the world of international nutrition and public health.

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Jelisa Gallant, MSc AHN Student

Jelisa earned a BSc in Biochemistry Nutrition from Memorial University in 2015, and a BSc (Hons.) in Applied Human Nutrition with Dietetic Internship in 2018 from Mount Saint Vincent University. She has an innate interest in infant feeding, specifically breastfeeding, and aspires to empower and support women through their breastfeeding journeys as a future Registered Dietitian and Lactation Consultant. Jelisa recently began her MSc in Applied Human Nutrition and is ecstatic for what lies ahead, as she expands her nutrition research experience internationally with breastfeeding Cambodian mothers. Jelisa will be living in Cambodia for the next year conducting her master’s research with the Trial of Thiamine Supplementation Project, alongside fellow MAMA Lab grad student Kathleen Chan. Jelisa master’s thesis is focused on determining the exact daily dose of thiamine required to optimize breast milk thiamine concentrations, as a means of preventing infantile thiamine deficiency and beriberi.

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Ksenia Kholina, MSc AHN Student

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Ksenia has experience in clinical medicine, which along with an interest in chronic disease and passion for prevention, led her to the field of nutrition and dietetics in 2016. Ksenia is currently exploring the impact of the mode of breastfeeding (direct breastfeeding vs. bottle-feeding human milk) on growth and development of infants. Outside of academia, Ksenia is passionate about feminism, environmental sustainability, and social justice. Ksenia speaks three languages (English, Russian, and German) and recently started studying French. Ksenia loves learning new languages and hopes to take up a few more in the future.