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Jill F. Keith

Ph.D., R.D., L.D.


Ph.D., R.D., L.D.


Assistant Professor 
Human Nutrition and Food Program Option



Ph.D. Exercise Science & Nutrition (Statistics Graduate Certificate), North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

M.S. Education. Specialization in Post-Secondary and Adult Education. Capella University, Minneapolis, MN 

B.S. Food & Nutrition. Coordinated Program in Dietetics, North Dakota State University,  Fargo, ND



Registered Dietitian – Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), 2000
Licensed Dietitian – Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 2000


Courses Taught

Fundamentals/Principles of Nutrition
Nutrition Science
Sports Nutrition
Community Nutrition
Nutrition, Growth, & Development
Foodservice Systems Management
Foodservice Systems Management Lab
Quantity Food Production
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Diabetes & Mother Earth


Research Interests

I’m passionate about nutrition education, addressing health and education disparities through research, creating an environment that supports health, and providing evidence-based tools for nutrition and wellness. My research interests include identifying contributing factors to eating behaviors such as the role of food preparation skills, consumer perception of nutrition information, and the effect of utilizing culturally relevant educational strategies. In addition, my previous work with American Indian students contributed to a desire to benefit the health and future goals of American Indian youth and tribal communities through focused efforts to understand barriers and strategies to promote healthy food choices.


Professional Memberships

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Nutrition & Dietetic Educators & Preceptors
Wyoming Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
American Indigenous Research Association


Examples of Recent Publications

Keith, J., Vasichek, N., & Stastny, S. (2016). Dietary fat and consumer confusion: do RDN perception, knowledge, and practice play a part? [Abstract]. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Keith, J. & Stastny, S. (2016). Accuracy of nutrient information provided by popular smart phone apps: impact of user differences [Abstract]. Conference booklet for 6th International Food Studies Conference.

Keith, J. (2016). Creating a multicultural classroom. Tribal College Journal. 

Keith, J., Stastny, S., & Brunt, A. (2016). Barriers & strategies for success for American Indian college students: A review. Journal of College Student Development, 57.

Keith, J., Brunt, A., Stastny, S., & Bezbaruah, N. (2015). Accompanying the primary grocery shopper is positively related to requests for purchase of fruits & vegetables in third & fourth grade students. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 5, 340-347.

Keith, J., Stastny, S., Brunt, A., Agnew, W., & Aune, P. (2015). Effects of a culturally-relevant educational intervention on college retention and self-efficacy for healthy choices among American Indian college students. [Abstract] Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Stastny, S., Keith, J., & Hall, C. (2014). Lipid and moisture content of commercial reduced-fat deep-fried potatoes compared to advertised claim. Journal of Food Research, 3, 45-48.

Stastny, S., Keith, J., Garden-Robinson, J., & Hall, C. (2014). Flash-frying vs. deep-fat frying: Fat content and sensory evaluation of fish fried using two methods. Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 3, 19-26

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