Kirsten Straughan

Kirsten Straughan

Clinical Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Program Director—Nutrition Science, Kinesiology and Nutrition


Office Phone



1919 W. Taylor St., 632 AHSB

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Office Hours

By appointment


Teaching Interests
Kirsten has taught a general nutrition course (HN 196), Nutrition through the Lifecycle (HN 311), with focus on pre-conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding nutrition, and both an undergraduate and graduate level sports nutrition and course. Since fall of 2015, Kirsten has worked with the UIC athletic teams, providing individual and team focused sports nutrition education and counseling, cooking classes and grocery store tours to UIC athletes.

Personal History
Kirsten has been a registered dietitian since 1998 with a background that includes five years of clinical experience at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and seven years of private practice nutritional counseling work, in addition to numerous nutrition education experiences. Kirsten frequently contributed to e-mail newsletter and magazine articles, had regular appearances in 2004-2005 on NBC Chicago’s morning news fitness segment and co-authored a book entitled “Lean Mom, Fit Family.” published by Rodale Press, 2005.

Kirsten served as the chair of the Wellness Council for District 97 in Oak Park, IL from 2010-2018.

Selected Publications

Lean Mom, Fit Family, Rodale Press 2005

Service to the Community

Kirsten served as the chair of the Wellness Council for District 97 in Oak Park, IL from 2010-2018. She was a member of the Executive Committee and Healthy Foods for Families Workgroup for Oak Park's Pioneering Healthy Communities initiative, Wild about Wellness—a community-based policy change initiative with a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, aimed at preventing childhood obesity .


Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Commission on Dietetic Registration, 2022
MS, Exercise Physiology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007
Dietetic Internship Program, Loyola University at Chicago, 1997
BS, Food and Nutrition, Loyola University at Chicago, 1996