Faculty and Staff - Kari Pilolla, PhD, RD

Kari Pilolla, PhD, RDN

Associate Professor
Dietetic Internship Director

Building 11, Rm 236
(805) 756-5419



Nutrition & exercise for cardiometabolic health; nutrition for sport performance and recovery; medical nutrition therapy.


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Nutrition and Exercise in Childhood Obesity Prevention, College of Public Health & Human Sciences and Cooperative Extension, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • PhD - Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR  
  • Dietetic Internship - University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO  
  • MS - San Diego State University, San Diego, CA  
  • BS - Fresno State University, Fresno, CA  

Recent year teaching assignments

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy I (FSN 431
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy III (FSN 433)
  • Clinical Nutrition I (FSN 429)
  • Clinical Nutrition II (FSN 430)
  • Community Nutrition (FSN 416)
  • Special Topics Senior Project: Sport Nutrition (FSN 470)
  • Special Topics Graduate Level: Energy Intake Regulation (FSN 570)
  • Functional Foods for Health and Sport Nutrition (FSN 581)

Research and professional interests

My research interests are linked through my disciplinary interests in both nutrition and exercise. My primary research theme focuses on the integration of nutrition and exercise for achieving and maintaining health and preventing lifestyle-related chronic disease across the lifespan for the individual, family, and community. I have a special interest in women's health and nutrition to optimize endurance performance and recovery. 

Professional affiliations

  • American Society for Nutrition (ASN)
  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND)/American Dietetic Association (ADA)
  • American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)
  • Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) & Southwest Chapter
  • Kappa Omicron Nu, Omicron Lambda Chapter
  • California Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics 
  • The Obesity Society

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