Penny M. Kris Etherton
Penny M. Kris Etherton, Ph.D., R.D., F.A.H.A.


Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, has been on the faculty at Pennsylvania State University since 1979, and Distinguished Professor of Nutrition since 1996. Dr. Kris-Etherton received her B.S. in Medical Dietetics at the Rochester Institute of Technology, her M.S. in Nutrition was awarded by Case Western Reserve University and she completed a dietetic internship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Kris-Etherton earned her Ph.D. in Nutrition at the University of Minnesota and was the Katherine McCormick Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University. She currently is a member of The American Dietetic Association, the American Society for Nutrition, the Society for Nutrition Education, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and various American Heart Association Councils, including the AHA Nutrition Committee. In addition, she is on the Board of WomenHeart and the National Lipid Association, and serves as President of Shaping America's Health and the Northeast Lipid Association.

Dr. Kris-Etherton’s research expertise is cardiovascular nutrition. For over 20 years, she has conducted many controlled clinical nutrition studies designed to evaluate the role of diet on risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). These studies have evaluated established and emerging CVD risk factors including lipids, lipoproteins, blood pressure, inflammatory markers and adhesion molecules. Her research integrates clinical and basic research for the purpose of evaluating underlying mechanisms that account for the clinical responses.

Dr. Kris-Etherton has served on many national committees and review panels including the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee, the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Macronutrients, NIH's Nutrition Study Section, the National Cholesterol Education Program Second Adult Treatment Panel, and the ASCN/AIN Task Force on Trans Fatty Acids. She has held numerous editorial board appointments, including journals such as Journal of Clinical Lipidology, Lipids, Current Atherosclerosis Reports, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Journal of Nutrition Education, and International Journal of Sports Nutrition.

Dr. Kris-Etherton has published over 200 scientific papers, 25 book chapters, and co-authored four books. She is the recipient of the Lederle Award for Human Nutrition Research awarded in 1991 by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences. In 1998 she was selected for the Foundation Award for Excellence in Research by the American Dietetic Association and became a Fellow in the American Heart Association in 2001. In 2005, she received the Elaine Monsen Research Award from the American Dietetic Association Foundation. In 2007, she received the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher, the highest award bestowed by the American Dietetic Association for her contributions to the dietetic profession.


Lichtenstein AH, Appel LJ, Brands M, Carnethon M, Daniels S, Franch HA, Franklin B, Kris-Etherton P, Harris WS, Howard B, Karanja N, Lefevre M, Rudel L, Sacks F, Van Horn L, Winston M, Wylie-Rosett J. Summary of American Heart Association Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations revision 2006. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 26:2186-2191, 2006.

Kris-Etherton PM, Innis S, Ammerican Dietetic Assocition, Dietitians of Canada. Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Dietary Fatty Acids. J Am Diet Assoc.107:1599-1611, 2007. Erratum in: J Am Diet Assoc.107:2151, 2007.

Berglund L, Lefevre M, Ginsberg HN, Kris-Etherton PM, Elmer PJ, Stewart PW, Ershow A, Pearson TA, Dennis BH, Roheim PS, Ramakrishnan R, Reed R, Stewart K, Phillips KM; DELTA Investigators. Comparison of monounsaturated fat with carbohydrates as a replacement for saturated fat in subjects with a high metabolic risk profile: studies in the fasting and postprandial states. Am J Clin Nutr. 86:1611-1620, 2007.

Katcher HI, Legro RS, Kunselman AR, Gillies PJ, Demers LM, Bagshaw DM, Kris-Etherton PM. The effects of a whole grain-enriched hypocaloric diet on cardiovascular disease risk factors in men and women with metabolic syndrome. Am J Clin Nutr. 87:79-90, 2008.

Kris-Etherton PM, Hu FB, Ros E, Sabaté J. The role of tree nuts and peanuts in the prevention of coronary heart disease: multiple potential mechanisms. J Nutr. 138:1746S-1751S, 2008.

Gebauer SK, West SG, Kay CD, Alaupovic P, Bagshaw D, Kris-Etherton PM. Effects of pistachios on cardiovascular disease risk factors and potential mechanisms of action: a dose-response study. Am J Clin Nutr. 88:651-659, 2008.Van Horn L, McCoin M, Kris-Etherton PM, Burke F, Carson JA, Champagne CM, Karmally W, Sikand G. The evidence for dietary prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. J Am Diet Assoc.108:287-331, 2008.