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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Brown conducts research on the epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of childhood malnutrition in lower-income countries, including evaluation of large-scale intervention programs. Research themes include infant and young child feeding (breast feeding and complementary feeding), relationships between infection and nutrition, and control of specific micronutrient deficiencies, with particular focus on vitamin A, zinc, and iron.
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.
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.
Research interests: HIV, growth, breastfeeding, micronutrients.
Dr. Dewey's research area is community and international nutrition, with an emphasis on maternal and child nutrition. Dr. Dewey was the Director of the Program in International & Community Nutrition from 2007 – 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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
Dr. Hijman's research interests include ecological modeling, geo-informatics, agricultural geography, biodiversity conservation, and climate change.
Research interests: economic and other determinants of malnutrition in developing countries; food and nutrition strategies of developing countries, including agricultural and livestock policies.
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
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
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.
Dr. Lönnerdal´s research program is focused on two main areas: infant/pediatric nutrition and trace element metabolism.
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.
Design and evaluation of interventions to prevent and treat maternal and child undernutrition in low- and middle income countries; child growth and development; zinc deficiency; environmental enteric dysfunction; nutritional epidemiology
Research interests: human behavioral ecology
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Pollitt's research focused 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
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.