Faculty

Kathryn Dewey

Kathryn G. Dewey, Ph.D.

Director, Program in International & Community Nutrition
Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition
Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station
Office: 3253C Meyer, (530) 752-0851, kgdewey@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Dewey's research area is community and international nutrition, with an emphasis on maternal and child nutrition.

Katie Adams

Katie Adams, Ph.D.

Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Nutrition
kpittenger@ucdavis.edu

As an applied microeconomist, Dr. Adams’ research interests are primarily in development economics with a specific focus on maternal and early childhood undernutrition. At the interface of economics and nutrition, her research aims to improve our understanding of human behavior as it relates to health and nutrition and to translate that understanding into informed guidance on policies that improve nutritional and other outcomes in developing countries. 

Lindsay Allen

Lindsay H. Allen, Ph.D., R.D.

Research Professor, Department of Nutrition
Director, USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center
Office: 3245 Meyer, (530) 752-5920, lindsay.allen@ars.usda.gov


Dr. Allen is the Director of the USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC). Her research is focused on the prevalence, causes, consequences and prevention of micronutrient deficiencies including iron, vitamin B-12, zinc, vitamin A and riboflavin.

Joanne Arsenault

Joanne E. Arsenault, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.

Associate Project Scientist, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3217A Meyer, jearsenault@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Arsenault's research interests include the evaluation of: 1) dietary intakes, 2) relations between diet/nutritional status and health/functional outcomes, and 3) impacts of nutrition programs – focusing on micronutrients and low-income populations.

Jay Belsky

Jay Belsky, Ph.D.

Robert M. and Natalie Reid Dorn Professor of Human Development
Office: (530) 304-8318, jbelsky@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Belsky investigates the psychological, behavioral and health consequences of supportive and adverse experiences in infancy, childhood and adolescence, working from an evolutionary, life-history perspective.

Monique Borgerhoff Mulder

Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Department of Anthropology
Office: 214 Young Hall, (530) 752-0659, mborgerhoffmulder@ucdavis.edu

Research interests: human behavioural ecology

Kenneth Brown

Kenneth H. Brown, M.D.

Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition
Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station
Office: 3139 Meyer, (530) 752-3470, khbrown@ucdavis.edu


Dr. Brown's research program includes investigation of the causes, complications, treatment, and prevention of childhood malnutrition in lower-income countries, focusing primarily on issues of infant and young child feeding (breastfeeding and complementary feeding), relationships between infection and nutrition, and control of specific micronutrient deficiencies, including zinc, iron and vitamin A.

David Bunn

David Bunn, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Africa Programs, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Adjunct Asst. Professor of Animal Science
Office: (530) 752-3122, dabunn@ucdavis.edu

Research interests: Dr. Bunn is particularly interested in intervention strategies for improving animal health and production in developing countries, and improving human nutrition in rural communities. Since 2006, Bunn has worked on various village poultry health and extension projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Nepal. He was a co-leader of the Global Livestock CRSP and USAID Flu School Program -- conducting avian flu workshops in eight African countries for health and agriculture ministry professionals. Bunn also co-developed the Poultry Health for Development Program, designing and implementing a specialized training program on improving village poultry production in developing countries.

Michael Carter

Michael R. Carter, Ph.D.

Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Director, BASIS Assets & Market Access Innovation Lab
Office: 2103 Social Sciences & Humanities, (530) 752-4672, mrcarter@ucdavis.edu

Research interests:  Dr. Carter's research focuses on small farm development strategies, including asset transfer and financial market deepening programs.  His current research projects concern poverty dynamics and productive social safety nets, the impact of violence on aspirations and hope, evaluation of interventions to boost small farm uptake of improved technologies and feature a suite of projects that design, pilot and evaluate index insurance contracts as mechanisms to alleviate chronic poverty and deepen agricultural and rural financial markets. 

Caroline Chantry

Caroline Chantry, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
cjchantry@ucdavis.edu

Research interests: HIV, growth, breastfeeding, micronutrients.

Reina Engle-Stone

Reina Engle-Stone, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3253A Meyer Hall, (530) 752-3827, renglestone@ucdavis.edu 

Dr. Engle-Stone's research is in global public health nutrition, with a focus on micronutrient nutrition among women and young children in low-income settings. Research themes include planning, monitoring, and evaluation of food fortification programs; cost-effectiveness and coherence among micronutrient intervention programs, and nutritional assessment.
 

Lia Fernald

Lia C.H. Fernald, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Public Health Nutrition
Community Health & Human Development
UC Berkeley, fernald@berkeley.edu

Dr. Fernald’s research program is focused on two related issues examining the intersection of socio-economic status and health in the context of the developing world: how inequalities in socio-economic status contribute to physical and mental health outcomes in children and adults and how large-scale interventions can address socio-economic disparities in health and nutrition.

Marjorie Haskell

Marjorie J. Haskell, Ph.D.

Associate Research Nutritionist, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3217A Meyer, (530) 754-7415, mjhaskell@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Haskell's research interests include:

1. Bioavailability of vitamin A from plant-based diets.
2. Food-based interventions for improving maternal and infant vitamin A status.
3. Use of stable isotope techniques for assessing vitamin A status. Studies are currently underway in Bangladesh and Nepal.

Sonja Hess

Sonja Y. Hess, Ph.D.

Associate Research Nutritionist
Program in International and Community Nutrition, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3202B Meyer, (530) 752-1992, syhess@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Hess’ research interests involve the design, implementation and evaluation of programs to control micronutrient deficiencies among children and women in low-income countries, and related issues of nutrient bioavailability, nutrient-nutrient interactions and nutritional assessment. The research program is generally carried out in the context of community-based intervention trials, using an efficacy or effectiveness study design.

Leah Hibel

Leah Hibel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
lchibel@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Hibel's research interests include mother-child relationships and physiological regulation; family stress/parenting stress and stress physiology; the transaction among family stress, family relationships, and stress physiology; lactation physiology

Robert HIjmans

Robert J. Hijmans, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Environmental Science & Policy
Office: 2001 Wickson Hall, (530) 752-6555, rhijmans@ucdavis.edu


Dr. Hijman's research interests include ecological modeling, geo-informatics, agricultural geography, biodiversity conservation, and climate change.

Lovell S. Jarvis

Lovell S. Jarvis, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Office: 159 Mrak Hall, (530) 752-0110, lsjarvis@ucdavis.edu

Research interests: economic and other determinants of malnutrition in developing countries; food and nutrition strategies of developing countries, including agricultural and livestock policies.

Janet C. King

Janet C. King, Ph.D., R.D.

Research Professor Emerita, Department of Nutrition
USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center Scientist
jking@chori.org

Using stable isotopes and kinetic modeling techniques, Dr. King's research group studies how calcium and zinc utilization is affected by different physiological states, such as pregnancy, lactation, aging, or insufficient or excessive intakes.

Kevin Laugero

Kevin D. Laugero, Ph.D.

Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Nutrition
USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center Scientist
Stress Biology and Nutrition Research Lab - Western Human Nutrition Research Center

Office: Stress Biology and Nutrition Research Lab, USDA WHNRC, (530) 752-4173, kevin.laugero@ars.usda.gov

Dr. Laugero's research interests include nutritional and metabolic regulation of stress system responsiveness and impact on prevention and management of chronic disease across the life span

Travis Lybbert

Travis J. Lybbert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics
Office: 2155 SSH, (530) 554-1393, tlybbert@ucdavis.edu

As an applied economist, Dr. Lybbert’s research focuses on the microeconomics of development, risk and technology diffusion. This core focus encompasses four primary areas in applied microeconomics: poverty dynamics and vulnerability; rural economic development; risk and uncertainty; and technology adoption and innovation policy.

Bo L. Lonnerdal

Bo L. Lönnerdal, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Departments of Nutrition & Internal Medicine
Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station
Office: 3217C Meyer, (530) 752-8347, bllonnerdal@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Lönnerdal's research program is focused on two main areas: infant/pediatric nutrition and trace element metabolism.

Susana Matias

Susana L. Matias, Ph.D.

Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Nutrition
Office: 1339 Meyer, (530) 752-4622, slmatias@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Matias’s research is focused on maternal and child health and nutrition. Her research interests involve breastfeeding, immigrant/Latino health and evaluation of nutrition interventions to prevent malnutrition.

Elizabeth Prado

Elizabeth Prado, Ph.D.

Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3252 Meyer (530) 752-1992, elprado@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Prado's research interests include the effect of nutrition on brain development in children; the effect of nutrition on cognition, mood, and caregiving in mothers; and the cross-cultural and cross-linguistic adaptation and validation of tests of motor, cognitive, and socio-emotional function in children and adults.

Charles B. Stephensen

Charles B. Stephensen, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Nutrition
USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center Scientist
Office: 204 WHNRC, (530) 754-9266, charles.stephensen@ars.usda.gov

Dr. Stephensen’s research interests focus on the relation between nutritional status and infectious diseases, particularly the host immune response to infections and the impact of infections on nutritional status.

Christine P. Stewart

Christine P. Stewart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition
Associate  Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station
Director, Designated Emphasis in International and Community Nutrition
Associate Director, Program in International and Community Nutrition
Office: 3253B Meyer, (530) 752-6697, cpstewart@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Stewart’s research is related to maternal and child nutrition in low income communities, primarily in developing country settings. Her focus is on both the immediate and long-term effects of poor nutrition during pregnancy and early childhood on birth outcomes, infant and child survival, child growth, and risk of chronic disease in later life.

Marta Van Loan

Marta Van Loan, Ph.D.

Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Nutrition
USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center Scientist
Office: 202 WHNRC, (530) 752-4160, marta.vanloan@ars.usda.gov

Dr. Van Loan's research has a dual focus. 1) To determine how soy isoflavones may reduce bone loss in early postmenopausal women not taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and thereby be a natural alternative to HRT. 2) To determine the effect of different diets and eating patterns on body composition, weight and fat loss, and bone metabolism.

Steve A. Vosti

Stephen A. Vosti, Ph.D.

Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Office: 2135 Social Sciences & Humanities, (530) 752-8097, vosti@primal.ucdavis.edu

Research interests: tropical deforestation, economic development, effects of policy action on human welfare, poverty-environment links, population-environment links, climate-poverty links, bioeconomic models, environmental economics, and biodiversity policy.

Carrie Waterman

Carrie Waterman, Ph.D.

Assistant Researcher, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3147 Meyer Hall, (530) 752-1992,  cwaterman@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Waterman's research focuses on natural products and nutraceuticals for improved nutrition, health, and income generation in developing countries. She works with bioactive isothiocyanates and olyphenols from Moringa oleifera for treating chronic inflammation and factors of metabolic syndrome.

Ryan Wessells

Ryan Wessells, Ph.D.

Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3202B Meyer, (530) 752-1992, krwessells@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Wessells’ research interests are focused on zinc deficiency among infants and young children in low-income countries, and the evaluation of therapeutic and preventive interventions designed to improve nutritional status in these populations. She is also interested in the dietary and biochemical assessment of nutritional status, and relationships between nutritional status, intestinal mucosal function and infection.

Emeriti

Louis E. Grivetti

Louis E. Grivetti, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3139 Meyer, (530) 752-2078, legrivetti@ucdavis.edu


Dr. Grivetti blends classical approaches of social and biological sciences with historical perspectives. The unifying theme of his research is how, why, and under what conditions human diets change, the mechanisms of change, and the nutritional implications of human behavior.

Charles H. Halsted

Charles H. Halsted, M.D.

Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine and Nutrition
Office: 6323 Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility, Phone: (530) 752-4054
chhalsted@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Halsted’s research studies focus on the interactions of folate deficiency and abnormal methionine metabolism in the development of alcoholic liver disease. Studies include animal models and clinical patients.

Lucia Kaiser

Lucia L. Kaiser, Ph.D.

Cooperative Extension Specialist Emerita, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3150D Meyer, (530) 754-9063, llkaiser@ucdavis.edu


Dr. Lucia Kaiser’s research interests include: examining the impact of acculturation and food security on the child-parent feeding relationship among Latinos; developing tools to evaluate nutrition education; evaluating life skills education on transition from welfare to work.

In Memoriam

Ernesto Pollitt, Ph.D. 

Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Pollitt's research focussed on nutrition and behavioral development; functional consequences of early supplementary feeding in nutritionally at-risk populations; long-term functional consequences of intrauterine growth retardation; effects of iron deficiency and helminthic infections on cognition and school performance; national policies regarding growth monitoring and breastfeeding promotion

Fernando E. Viteri, M.D., D.Sc.Med

Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine and Nutrition

Dr. Viteri's research interests included providing the scientific bases for possible interventions aimed at preventing and correcting human iron deficiency and other nutrient deficiencies that are responsible for nutritional anemias and other related conditions.