Karen Byrd


PhD in Hospitality Management, Purdue University
Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Xavier University
BA in Dietetics, Ball State University

Courses taught at Murray State

NTN 652 – Clinical Practice in Long Term Care

Certification and Licensure

Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian with the Kentucky State Board of Licensure
Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute
ServSafe: Food Protection Manager Certification, Certified Instructor and Registered Proctor

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State

Senior Director of Nutrition Services, Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, KY
Senior Director of Nutrition Services, Advantage DME, Sparks, MD
Corporate Director of Dietetics, Integrated Health Services, Owings Mills, MD
Director of Nutrition Services, Eagle Creek Nursing Center, West Union, OH

Research Focus

Relationships amongst foodservice, nutrition and health
Behavioral economics and food choices
Menu nutrition labeling

Professional Organizations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Association of Healthcare Foodservice
Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management
Project Management Institute

Contact Information

Email: kbyrd2@murraystate.edu
Phone 270-809-312
Fax 270-809-6950