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Faculty - Katherine Burt

Katherine BurtE-Mail Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-7972
Office Number: Gillet Hall, Room 432
Title: Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director - Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition
Degrees & Sources of Degrees: B.S., Boston Univ; M.S., Ph.D., Teachers Coll., Columbia Univ.

Kate Gardner Burt, PhD, RD is an assistant professor at Lehman College and a registered dietitian and culinary nutritionist. She teaches courses in community and public health nutrition and cultural food and sustainability. Dr. Burt’s research broadly aims to reduce racial and ethnic inequities in community food systems in the Bronx and NYC as a whole. She does this by exploring strategies to strengthen efforts to grow food locally and improve community cohesion and social connectedness to build a more just food system. She also aims to reduce inequities in food systems by increasing opportunities for low-income people of color to excel in dietetics and food-focused careers. She takes a mixed methods, community-based approach to research and currently works with several New York City based non-profit organizations. Dr. Burt received her BS in film and television from Boston University and her MS in exercise physiology and nutrition, RD and PhD in food and nutrition policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her first cookbook was published in 2015 by Sterling Publishers, a subsidiary of Barnes and Noble.

Selected Publications

  • Burt, KG, Koch, P, & Contento, I. (2017). Implementing and Sustaining School Gardens by Integrating the Curriculum. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 4(5), 427-435.
  • Burt, KG, Koch, P, & Contento, I. (2017). Development of the GREEN (Garden Resources, Education, and Environment Nexus) Tool. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 117(10), 1517-1527.
  • Burt KG, Koch P, Uno C, and Contento, I. (2016) The GREEN Tool (Garden Resources Education Environment Nexus) For Well-Integrated School Gardens. Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at the Program in Nutrition, Teachers College, Columbia University. Research Brief.
  • Burt, KG. (2016). A Complete History of the Social, Health, and Political Context of the School Gardening Movement in the United States: 1840–2014. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 11(3):297-316.