Patricia Lynch, PhD, RD, LDN
Public Policy Committee Chair
Patricia Lynch is Associate Professor and Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics at the Virginia State University where she works collaboratively in a multidisciplinary research, outreach, and educational environment focusing on nutrition and health disparities in underserved populations. Dr. Lynch has taught Nutrition and Food Science for more than 15 years at several institutions (Meredith College in Raleigh, NC; North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC; Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson, NC; North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.; Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA). She has participated on more than 10 thesis committees and several research grants over $1.2 million. Her work experience encompasses positions in food corporations such as Miller Brewing Company, Kraft Foods, Sara Lee Bakeries, and Ball Corporation. She has spent more than 10 years in the Long Term/Acute Care industry. Dr. Lynch has also worked in the Nutrition Programs at the State level and as a Renal Dietitian at Fresenius Kidney Care. Dr. Lynch completed her Doctorate in Nutrition from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research and outreach continues to focus on community nutrition interventions to alleviate health disparities. She completed her M.S. degree in Food and Nutritional Science from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC where her research involved lipid oxidation in food products. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, National Kidney Foundation, North Carolina Council on Renal Nutrition, American Public Health Association, and National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition and has participated in numerous seminars, health fairs, and conference presentations.