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Penny Kris-Etherton
Penny M. Kris-Etherton
Evan Pugh University Professor of Nutritional Sciences
Summary Statement

Effects of diet on established and emerging risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

  • Nutritional Sciences - NUTR
  • Cardiometabolic Nutrition Research Lab (CNRL)
  • Graduate Program
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  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • M.S. Nutrition - Case Western Reserve University
  • B.S. Medical Dietetics - Rochester Institute of Technology
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Currently Accepting Graduate Students
Office Address
319 Chandlee Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
Professional Credentials



Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Heart Association, Amerian College of Cardiology, American Society for Nutrition, National Lipid Association

  • She oversees the PSU Cardiometabolic Research Lab
  • She is involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses
  • She is very engaged professionally.  Currently, she is the Chair of the Lifestyle Council for the American Heart Association.
  •  Evaluating the effect of dietary patterns, foods, nutrients and bioactives on CVD risk factors
  • Evaluating the role of diet in the prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic diseases

Cardiovascular nutrition, cardiometabolic disease

Professional Experience

Dr. Kris-Etherton is Chair of the AHA Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, and Past Chair of the AHA Nutrition Committee.  Dr. Kris-Etherton is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, the National Lipid Association (where she served as President), and the American Society for Nutrition.  She has published over 360 papers in the peer-reviewed literature and has received numerous awards from the American Society for Nutrition, the American Oil Chemist’s Society, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the International Nut & Dried Fruit Council, and the Northeast Lipid Association Chapter for her contributions to the profession.

Grants and Research Projects

California Strawberry Commission, 2015-2018 - Effects of Freeze Dried Strawberry Powder-Supplementation on Vascular Function and Blood Markers of Cardiovascular Risk, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., 2015-2018 - Effects of Cranberry on Cardiovascular Risk Factors, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, 2015-2017 – The Dose-Response Effects of Lean Beef in a Mediterranean-Style Dietary Patterns on CVD Risk Factors, McCormick Science Institute, 2016-2018 – Effect of Chronic Consumption of Popular Spices on Risk Factors for CVD, Inflammation and Immune Function, International Nut and Dried Fruit Council, 2016-2018 - The Effect of Bioactives in Dried Plums, Figs, Dates, and Raisins Compared with a Fruit Drink on Risk Factors for Cardiometabolic Disease, Alliance for Potato Research and Education, 2016-2018 - Effect of Potatoes on Cardiometabolic Health, HASS Avocado Board, 2017-2020 - Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial (HAT), Peanut Institute, 2018-2020 - Peanuts and Glycemic Control

  • Petersen KS, Rogers CJ, West SG, Proctor DN, Kris-Etherton PM. The effect of culinary doses of spices in a high-saturated fat, high-carbohydrate meal on postprandial lipemia and endothelial function: a randomized, controlled, crossover pilot trial. Food Funct. 2020. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Kris-Etherton PM, Petersen KS, Velarde G, Barnard ND, Miller M, Ros E, O'Keefe JH, Williams K Sr, Horn LV, Na M, Shay C, Douglass P, Katz DL, Freeman AM. Barriers, Opportunities, and Challenges in Addressing Disparities in Diet-Related Cardiovascular Disease in the United States. J Am Heart Assoc. 9:e014433, 2020.
  • Wang L, Tao L, Hao L, Stanley TH, Huang KH, Lambert JD, Kris-Etherton PM. A Moderate-Fat Diet with One Avocado per Day Increases Plasma Antioxidants and Decreases the Oxidation of Small, Dense LDL in Adults with Overweight and Obesity: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Nutr. 150:276-284, 2020.
  • Kris-Etherton PM, Richter CK, Bowen KJ, Skulas-Ray AC, Jackson KH, Petersen KS, Harris WS. Recent Clinical Trials Shed New Light on the Cardiovascular Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J. 15:171-178. 2019.
  • Tindall AM, Petersen KS, Skulas-Ray AC, Richter CK, Proctor DN, Kris-Etherton PM. Replacing Saturated Fat With Walnuts or Vegetable Oils Improves Central Blood Pressure and Serum Lipids in Adults at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease: A Randomized Controlled-Feeding Trial. J Am Heart Assoc. 8:e011512, 2019.
  • Liu X, Garban J, Jones PJ, Vanden Heuvel J, Lamarche B, Jenkins DJ, Connelly PW, Couture P, Pu S, Fleming JA, West SG, Kris-Etherton PM. Diets Low in Saturated Fat with Different Unsaturated Fatty Acid Profiles Similarly Increase Serum-Mediated Cholesterol Efflux from THP-1 Macrophages in a Population with or at Risk for Metabolic Syndrome: The Canola Oil Multicenter Intervention Trial. J Nutr. 148:721-728, 2018.
Additional Information

Courses Taught

  • PSU 14 - First Year Seminar
  • NUTR 453 - Diet in Disease (Medical Nutrition Therapy)
  • NUTR 490W - Nutrition Seminar
  • NUTR 513 - Atherosclerosis and Nutrition