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Dimitra Kristina Thomopoulos, PhD, MS, RDN, ACSM-CPT

Dimitra Kristina Thomopoulos MS, RDN, ACSM-CPT

Dimitra Kristina "Krissi" Thomopoulos is a graduate of the Nutrition Sciences PhD program in the Department of Nutrition Sciences of Drexel University. She investigates relationships between dopaminergic pathways, food, and dietary behaviors, and aims to defend her dissertation proposal this Fall. She is also a clinical dietitian at a cancer institute in New York. In the future, Krissi aims to pursue a career as a professor of nutrition and dietetics. Outside of her academic and professional responsibilities, Krissi enjoys practicing Muay Thai with her husband, George, and jogging with their dog, Bam Bam.


Dissertation Title:
Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) Assessment of State Vs. Trait Eating Behavior

Education History:

  • CUNY Hunter College: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Dual minor in African American, Puerto Rican, and LatinX Studies, and Nutrition
  • Drexel University: Master of Science in Human Nutrition
  • National Institutes of Health: Dietetic Internship
  • Drexel University: PhD in Nutrition Sciences

Research Interests:
My main research interest is the investigation of relationships between food, the brain (specifically the prefrontal cortex and dopaminergic pathways), and food behaviors. I am also passionate about advocating for the integration of registered dietitians within medical and research teams in clinical settings.

Faculty Mentor:
Jennifer Nasser, PhD, RD, FTOS, CNS