Faculty & Advisory Board

Kathy Mahan, MS, RDN, CDE

Kathleen Mahan, MS, RDN, CDE has been a co-author of Krause’s Food and Nutrition and Therapy for over 35 years. She began authoring the book shortly after getting her master’s degree in 1977 and has authored a revision almost every 4 years since then.   The most recent 13th edition of this classic text was published in 2012. When she is not working on a revision of the text she can be found in her office Nutrition by Design, Inc.. counseling patients both young and old on how to meet their nutritional needs or change their diets to maintain health and prevent or manage disease. She has appeared on several TV and radio programs and in the print media over the years.

Kathleen specializes in working with children, an interest which grew out of her previous work with the Pediatric Pulmonary Center, a program of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. She specializes in food allergies and childhood obesity. She also worked with the Adolescent Program at the University of Washington, and during that time co-authored Nutrition in Adolescence in 1984. She presently is a Teaching Associate in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and taught for many years in the graduate nurse practitioner program in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington.

For the past 12 years she has been on the Board of Advisors for the Dietetics Programs at Bastyr University, a school of naturopathic medicine. She was also was a member of the Nutrition Advisory Board of the Institute of Functional Medicine, which has the purpose of integrating clinical nutrition into a functional medicine approach to health care.

Originally from Hawaii, Kathleen earned her BS degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, completed her dietetic internship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, and obtained her MS degree in public health nutrition from Tulane University, School of Public Health in New Orleans, Louisiana. After completing her dietetic internship she worked in the Department of Foods and Nutrition of the American Medical Association in Chicago, Illinois where she was involved in promoting nutrition education in medical schools. She next developed and directed the graduate clinical nutrition program at Rush University and Medical Center, also in Chicago.

She is a Registered Dietitian Nutrition (RDN) and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). She is also a member of several professional organizations including Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM), Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE), Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists (SCAN), the Gluten Intolerance Group, the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association, Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.