Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Human Nutrition
Mount Saint Vincent University
Kyly Whitfield is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada. She leads the Milk and Micronutrient Assessment (MAMA) Lab, which aims to explore several facets of maternal and infant feeding and nutrition. She is passionate about nutrition in the first 1,000 days. A major focus of her research program is identifying culturally appropriate public health interventions to combat micronutrient deficiencies in low-resource settings, which currently includes the exploration of salt fortification to address thiamine deficiency among breastfed infants in Southeast Asia. Another focus is studying infant feeding behaviours, and the potential long-term effects of early feeding on eating patterns and health later in life. Kyly was awarded the inaugural Mount Saint Vincent University Early Career Research Award in 2019, and was the 2020 awardee of the CIHR INMD – CNS New Investigator Partnership Prize.