Faculty

Faculty

Katie Adams, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Faculty
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 H. Allen, Ph.D.

  • Research Professor, Department of Nutrition; Director, USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center
  • PICN Faculty
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.
122 WHNRC

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

  • Associate Project Scientist, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Faculty
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.
3217A Meyer

Jay Belsky, Ph.D.

  • Robert M. and Natalie Reid Dorn Professor of Human Development
  • PICN Faculty
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.

David Bunn, Ph.D.

  • Associate Director for Africa Programs, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Adjunct Asst. Professor of Animal
  • PICN Faculty
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 R. Carter, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics; Director, BASIS Assets & Market Access Innovation Lab
  • PICN Faculty
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.
2103 Social Sciences & Humanities

Reina Engle-Stone, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Faculty
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.
3253A Meyer

Lia C.H. Fernald, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Public Health Nutrition, Community Health & Human Development
  • PICN Faculty
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.
UC Berkeley

Sonja Y. Hess, Ph.D.

  • Associate Research Nutritionist, Program in International and Community Nutrition, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Faculty
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.
3147 Meyer

Leah Hibel, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
  • PICN Faculty
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

Lovell S. Jarvis, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • PICN Faculty
Research interests: economic and other determinants of malnutrition in developing countries; food and nutrition strategies of developing countries, including agricultural and livestock policies.
159 Mrak Hall

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

  • Research Professor Emerita, Department of Nutrition; USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center Scientist
  • PICN Faculty
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 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
  • PICN Faculty
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
Stress Biology and Nutrition Research Lab, USDA WHNRC

Marta Van Loan, Ph.D.

  • Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Nutrition; USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center Scientist
  • PICN Faculty
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.
202 WHNRC

Travis J. Lybbert, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics
  • PICN Faculty
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.
2155 SSH

Susana L. Matias, Ph.D

  • Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Faculty
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.
1339 Meyer

Christine M. McDonald, ScD

  • Assistant Visiting Researcher, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Faculty
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

Elizabeth Prado, Ph.D

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Faculty
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.
3243 Meyer

Charles B. Stephensen, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Nutrition; USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center Scientist
  • PICN Faculty
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.
204 WHNRC

Stephen A. Vosti, Ph.D.

  • Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • PICN Faculty
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.
2135 Social Sciences & Humanities

Carrie Waterman, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Researcher, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Faculty
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.

K. Ryan Wessells, Ph.D

  • Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Faculty
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.
3147 Meyer

Emeriti

Louis E. Grivetti, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutrition
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, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine and Nutrition
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.
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In Memoriam

Ernesto Pollitt, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics
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

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.