Kimberly Dong, DrPH, MS, RD


Research Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine


Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue, M&V, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.3659
Fax: 617.636.3810


DrPH, Tufts University School of Medicine, Public Health and Professional Degree Programs
MS, Nutrition, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
RD, Registered Dietitian, Frances Stern Nutrition Center, Tufts Medical Center
BS, Nutritional Science, University of California, Berkeley

Research Focus:

My research focuses on food insecurity and dietary quality as determinants of health, particularly with people living with HIV and individuals involved with the criminal justice system. Current projects explore health disparities and causes and consequences of food insecurity in adults on probation. Additional areas of interest include addressing food systems to improve food access, nutritional consequences of substance and alcohol use, and improving linkage to healthcare for vulnerable populations. In addition, I work with other faculty in the department on training programs that aim to develop sustainable training and research related to nutrition and metabolism in HIV in Namibia and innovative global health projects in collaboration with colleagues in India.

Select Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Articles

E Smit, C Wanke, K Dong, A Grotheer, S Hansen, S Skinner, A Tang.  Frailty, food insecurity, and nutritional status in people living with HIV.  J Frailty & Aging, 2015;4(4):191-7. PMID: 26689809

A Tang, H Sheehan, M Jordan, D Duong, K Dong, T Lien, N Trung, C Wanke, N Hien.  Predictors of weight change in HIV-positive injection drug users initiating antiretroviral therapy in Hanoi, Vietnam.  AIDS Research and Treatment, 2011; PMID: 21776380


A Tang, T Bhatnagar, R Ramachandran, K Dong, S Skinner, MS Kumar, C Wanke. Malnutrition in a population of HIV-positive and HIV-negative drug users living in Chennai, South India. Drug Alcohol Depend 2011;118(1):73-7. PMID: 21420798

M Woods, C Wanke, P Ling, K Hendricks, A Tang, T Knox, C Andersson, K Dong, S Skinner, B Bistrian.  Effect of a dietary intervention and n-3 fatty acid supplementation on measures of serum lipid and insulin sensitivity in persons with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Am J Clin Nutr 2009; 90(6):1566-78. PMID: 19846544; PMCID: PMC2777468.

K Dong, C Wanke, B Ding, A Tang, K Hendricks.  Dietary glycemic index of HIV-positive men with and without fat deposition.  J Amer Diet Assoc 2006; 106:728-32. PMID: 16647332

K Dong and K Hendricks.  The role of nutrition in fat deposition and fat atrophy in patients with HIV.  Nutr Clin Care 2005; 8(1): 31-6. PMID: 15850232

Books/Book Chapters

K Dong and C Imai.  “Medical Nutrition Therapy for HIV and AIDS”.  Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process.  14th edition, Elsevier, 2016: 757-774.

K Dong and A Tang. (2014). Obesity in Correctional Facilities: A Review of Epidemiology and Etiology. In VM Brennan, SK Kumanyika, & ER Zambrana (Eds.), Obesity Interventions in Underserved Communities: Evidence and Directions (pp.106-22). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.


K Hendricks, K Dong, J Gerrior.  Nutrition Management of HIV and AIDS.  American Dietetic Association, 2008.


A Tang, M Chung, K Dong, C Wanke, P Bahwere, K Bose, R Chakraborty, K Charlton, S Hong, P Nguyen, C Patsche, M Deitchler, Z Maalouf-Manasseh. Determining a Global Mid-Upper Arm Circumference Cutoff to Assess Underweight in Adults (Men and Nonpregnant Women). 2017. Washington, DC: FHI360/Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA).

A Tang, M Chung, K Dong, et al. Determining a Global Mid-Upper Arm Circumference Cutoff to Assess Malnutrition in Pregnant Women. 2016. Washington, DC: FHI360/Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA).


A Tang, K Dong, M Deitchler, M Chung, Z Maalouf-Manasseh, A Tumilowicz, and C Wanke. Use of cutoffs for mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) as an indicator or predictor of nutritional and health-related outcomes in adolescents and adults: A systematic review. 2013, Washington, DC: FHI 360/FANTA.