Dr. Thompson is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a Board Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC). Before she began teaching in the Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management at Appalachian State University (ASU), she worked in a critical access hospital. Her clinical experiences provided an impetus for her interest in rural health care, particularly in the way that issues associated with rurality impact rural patients.
Dr. Thompson's passion for rural health care grew when she relocated to the beautiful Appalachian Mountains and began participating in rural health research. During her career at ASU, her accomplishments have included the following:
- Coordination of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Nutrition Practice, and the Masters of Nutrition with Concentration in Public Health Nutrition
- Participation in research regarding the impact of nutrition on chronic disease in rural populations, as well as rural patients' barriers to healthful eating
- Presentation of rural-focused research at national conferences
- Development of a rural health concentration for the ASU Dietetic Internship program
- Development of a totally online rural health course
- Teaching in the Department of Nutrition and Healthcare Management
Dr. Thompson has a strong professional interest in clinical nutrition, particularly in the area of enteral and parenteral nutrition support for critically ill patients.
Dr. Thompson enjoys facilitating learning opportunities for students within the graduate nutrition program. She is passionate about mentoring and guiding emerging nutrition professionals. It is her hope that all of her students will gain an appreciation of the complexities involved in delivering health care to rural populations, and that some of her students will find purpose and passion in building careers in rural health settings.
- DCN, Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
- MS in Nutrition, East Carolina University
- Didactic Program in Dietetics, Kansas State University
- Rural Health
- Public Health Nutrition
- Simulation in Dietetics Education
- Nutrition Care for Gastroenterological Conditions
- Nutrition Support
Current Courses Being Taught
- NUT 5220 Advanced Concentration in Nutrition and Assessment
- NUT 4300/5300 Successful Rural Practice for Health Professionals
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- North Carolina Dietetic Association
- American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
- American Public Health Association
Selected Presentations & Publications
- Parrott JS, Henry B, Thompson KL, Handu D, Ziegler J. Managing Complexity in Evidence Analysis: A Worked Example in Pediatric Weight Management. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2018.118(8):1526-1542.
Duarte-Gardea M, Gonzales-Pacheco D, Reader D, Thomas A, Wang S, Gregory R, Thompson K, Piemonte T. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Gestational Diabetes Evidence-based Nutrition Practice Guideline. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2018;118(9):1719-1742.Thompson KL, Elliott L, Voss A, Fuchs V, Levin R, Piemonte T. Oncology Evidence-based Nutrition Practice Guideline for Adults. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2017; 117(2): 297-310.
- Thompson KL, Ziegler J, Trate TC, Trate D. Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome: A Nutrition-Focused Clinical Update and Case Report. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. In press.
- Thompson, K; Davidson, P; Swan, W; Hand, RK; Rising, C; Dunn, AV; Lewis, N; Murphy, WJ. Nutrition Care Process Chains: The ‘Missing Link’ Between Research and Evidence-Based Practice. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2015; 115(9):1491-8.
- Thompson KL, Gutschall MD. The Time is Now: A Framework for Simulation in Dietetics Education. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2015; 115(2):183, 185-194.
- Thompson KL, Silver C, Pivonka E, Gutschall M, McAnulty L. Fruit- and Vegetable-Focused Grocery Store Tour Training Kit and Grant to Promote Peer-on-Peer Nutrition Education Utilizing Nutrition and Dietetics Students. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2015;47(5): 472-476.
- Thompson KL. Nutrition support for the critically ill, post-bariatric surgery patient: A clinical update. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 2014; 29(2): 98-112.
- Thompson KL, Jordan SR. Planning and implementing a white coat ceremony for dietetic interns. Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors Line (NDEP-Line). Summer, 2014.
- Thompson KL. Vitamin D and Colorectal Cancer Prevention: Current Evidence and Implications for Clinical Practice. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 2013; 28(1).
- Invited moderator for education session, FNCE 2016, October 16, 2016. Nutrition Care Process Chains: The ‘Missing Link’ Between Research and Evidence-Based Practice.
- Clark A, Ball L, Gutschall M, Thompson K, & Gregory N. The Role of Social Support in Breastfeeding Experiences Among Rural Women in Southern Appalachia. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Meeting.
- Sarah Visocky, Melissa Gutschall, PhD, RD, LDN, Kyle Thompson, MS, RD, CNSC, LDN, Laura McArthur, PhD, RD, Lanae Ball, PhD. Appalachian Studies Association; 39th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference, March 17 - 20, 2016. Rural Appalachian Foodways from Then to Now: Using Traditional Foods to Enhance Dietetic Practice.
- Speaker for Pre-Conference Workshop, “Experience and Explore: Enhancing Dietetic Education through Simulation.” (Carpenter S, Memmer D, Thompson KL, Smith K, DeChicco R, Fournet R, Sowa D, Clifford D, Gutschall MD, Murphy W, Niedert K, Steiber A, Douge, A.), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2015 Annual Food and Nutrition Conference & Exposition (FNCE, International), Nashville, TN. Presentation by Kyle Thompson was titled “Standardized Patient Simulation”.
- Thompson KL, Gutschall MD. SIM Nutrition: Integrating Simulation into Dietetics Education Programs. Accepted for an Educational Presentation at the 2014 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Exposition (FNCE), Atlanta, GA (October, 2014).
- Gutschall MD, Thompson KL. Using Principles of Course Design to Enhance Cultural Competence and Confidence. Invited Presentation to College STAR Shared Learning Conference, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (May, 2014).
Recent Honors and Awards
- 2018. Awardee, University Research Council Grant. “Assessing Food Pantry Capacity in Eighteen Northwest North Carolina Counties through a Regional Food Bank Partnership.”
- 2018. PARE Grant (internal submission) awardee. Selected to write Appalachian State University’s 2018 submission for the Glaxo Smith Kline Ribbon of Hope grant. Grant title is “Comprehensive Nutrition Education: Addressing Nutrition Needs in a Low Income, Rural North Carolina Population”.
- 2018. Awardee, Dean’s Summer Research Stipend, Appalachian State University Beaver College of Health Sciences. “Public Health Nutrition Textbook”.
- 2017. Awardee, Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Service Performance. Awarded by the Rutgers School of Health Professions – Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition Program.
- 2017. Awardee, Chancellor’s Innovation Grant, Appalachian State University. “Innovation in Health Professions Education: Interprofessional, Rural-focused Primary Care Simulations”.