Faculty

Core Faculty | Interdisciplinary Faculty | Clinical Faculty

Core Faculty


Adam Drewnowski, Director

Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Medicine
PhD, 1977, The Rockefeller University

Nutritional Sciences Program
305-B Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-543-8016
fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: adamdrew@uw.edu
Faculty Bio | Publications

Dr. Drewnowski’s interests are in nutritional epidemiology, socioeconomic determinants of obesity and diet-related chronic disease, relation between diet quality and diet cost, and sustainable nutrition security as it relates to climate change. He has developed new value metrics to study nutrient density, affordability, and carbon footprint of individual foods and total diets. Dr. Drewnowski is the Director of the UW’s Center for Public Health Nutrition and UW Center for Obesity Research (UWCOR) and was visiting professor at the University of Paris (2012-13).


Michelle Averill

Acting Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
RD, 2013, PhD, 2007, University of Washington

Nutritional Sciences Program
324-A Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-221-6554
fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: carrots@uw.edu
Faculty Bio

Dr. Averill’s research interests include HDL biology in inflammation and obesity, the effect of postprandial lipemia on HDL composition and function, and the physiological role of stress in explaining health disparities in individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Averill serves as the clinical coordinator for the UW Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics.


Shirley A.A. Beresford

Professor, Epidemiology
Senior Associate Dean, University of Washington School of Public Health
PhD, 1981, University of London (England)

Epidemiology
F-225B Health Sciences Building, Box 357236
phone: 206-543-9512
fax: 206-543-8525
e-mail: beresfrd@uw.edu
Faculty Bio | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Beresford’s research interests are in the areas of nutritional epidemiology, social epidemiology, and chronic disease prevention. Her work is specifically designed to improve the scientific basis for public health policy and recommendations concerning dietary intake, physical activity, and folic acid status. She has been Principal Investigator on numerous individual and group randomized trials of dietary behavior intervention. Her research focus in the science of changing behavior on a population level has involved many interdisciplinary collaborations. The development and evaluation of obesity prevention interventions in work sites, using rigorous group randomized trial design and collaborative principles with participating work sites, provides one such example.

Dr. Beresford is a member of the core faculty of the Nutritional Sciences Program, affiliate investigator with the Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, and member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Cancer Prevention and Epidemiology.


Glen E. Duncan

Associate Professor, Epidemiology
PhD, 1997, University of Tennessee

Nutritional Sciences Program
305-K Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-616-2680
fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: duncag@uw.edu
Faculty Bio | Publications

Dr. Duncan’s research interests include relationships among cardiovascular fitness, body fatness, and metabolic disease (e.g., metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes); lifestyle interventions involving increased habitual physical activity and/or exercise training and dietary modifications in the prevention and treatment of metabolic and cardiovascular disease; and non-biological determinants of physical activity and obesity (e.g., access, income, and the physical environment). Dr. Duncan is the Director of the UW Twin Registry.

Dr. Duncan is the Faculty Graduate Program Coordinator for the Nutritional Sciences Program.


Donna B. Johnson

Professor, Health Services
PhD, 1995, University of Washington; RD, 1979, Syracuse University

Nutritional Sciences Program
306-B Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-685-1068
fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: djohn@uw.edu
Faculty Bio

Dr. Johnson studies pediatric nutrition, the efficacy of public health nutrition interventions, and public health approaches to obesity. She is the Associate Director for the Center for Public Health Nutrition.


Elizabeth A. Kirk

Part-time Senior Lecturer, Epidemiology
PhD, 1995, University of Washington; RD, 1989, Oregon Health Sciences University

Nutritional Sciences Program
305-J Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-685-9513
fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: eakirk@uw.edu
Faculty Bio

Dr. Kirk teaches Nutrition for Today (NUTR 200), Sports Nutrition (NUTR 406), and Nutrition and Chronic Disease (NUTR 562). Her research interests include atherosclerosis and factors that influence its initiation and progression, including diet, diabetes, and oxidation biology.


Mario Kratz

Research Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Metabolism
PhD, 2001, MSc, 1996, University of Bonn (Germany)

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave N, Box 358080, M4-B402
phone: 206-667-7362
fax: 206-667-5977
e-mail: mkratz@fhcrc.org
Faculty Bio | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Kratz’s research interests are focused on the relationship between diet, obesity, and chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer that are associated with obesity. Currently ongoing projects are either controlled dietary intervention studies in humans to understand better how diet composition affects energy and glucose homeostasis, or clinical studies aiming to improve our understanding of the biological mechanisms linking diet, obesity, and chronic disease. All of these studies largely focus on low-grade chronic systemic and adipose tissue inflammation, a major factor in the etiology of many chronic diseases.


Johanna W. Lampe

Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology
PhD, 1990, RD, 1982, University of Minnesota

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave N, Box 358080, M4-B402
phone: 206-667-6580
fax: 206-667-5977
e-mail: jlampe@fhcrc.org
Faculty Bio

Dr. Lampe’s research interests relate to the mechanisms by which components of diet, particularly constituents of plant food, alter susceptibility to and risk of cancer. Her primary research activities include using controlled dietary interventions in humans to determine how individual variation in biochemical response to high plant food diets (e.g., biotransformation enzyme modulation, colonic environment changes) may explain differences in disease risk. Her laboratory also measures isoflavones, lignans, and other biomarkers of plant food intake for population-based studies.


Anne E. Lund

Lecturer, Epidemiology
MPH, 2005, University of Washington; RD, 2000, University of Wisconsin

Nutritional Sciences Program
324-C Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-221-4920
fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: AEL4@uw.edu
Faculty Bio

Ms. Lund is the Director of the UW Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics. In addition to dietetic education, her interests include obesity prevention through school wellness policies, physical activity promotion and screen time reduction, and the relationship between school environments and student intake.


Jason A. Mendoza

Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Services
MPH, 2006, University of Washington; MD, 2001, Rush Medical College

University of Washington School of Medicine
2001 Eighth Ave, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98121
phone: 206-884-1261
e-mail: jason.mendoza@seattlechildrens.org
Faculty Bio

Dr. Mendoza’s interests include racial/ethnic minorities/disparities, physical activity promotion (walking/biking to school), screen time (TV) reduction, and the relationship of food insecurity to outcomes of pediatric chronic disease (HIV and diabetes).


Marian L. Neuhouser

Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology
Full Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
PhD, 1996, University of Washington; BS, 1980, University of California, Davis; RD

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave N, Box 358080, M4-B402
phone: 206-667-4797
fax: 206-667-7850
e-mail: mneuhous@fhcrc.org
Faculty Bio | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Neuhouser’s overall goals are to investigate the role of lifestyle factors, including diet, physical activity, and energy balance, in the etiology and prevention of cancer. Her research portfolio includes a variety of observational and intervention studies focused on improving methods for dietary and physical activity assessment, understanding the extent to which diet and physical activity patterns influence intermediate endpoints or biomarkers that may be on the causal pathway to cancer, and investigating whether adoption or maintenance of specific lifestyle habits will decrease risk of cancer incidence, cancer recurrence, or cancer-specific mortality. Dr. Neuhouser focuses particularly on breast and prostate cancer.


Beth Ogata

Part-time Lecturer, Pediatrics
MS, RD, 1998, University of Washington

Pediatrics
Center on Human Development and Disability
CD-458 Box 357920
phone: 206-598-1899
fax: 206-598-1915
email: bogata@uw.edu
Faculty Bio

Ms. Ogata’s interests include pediatric nutrition, with an emphasis on children with genetic metabolic disorders and other special health care needs.


Jennifer J. Otten

Assistant Professor, Health Services
Postdoc, 2012, Stanford University; PhD, 2009, University of Vermont; MS, 1998, Tufts University; RD, 1996, Massachusetts General Hospital; BS, 1995, Texas A&M University

Nutritional Sciences Program
306-C Raitt Hall, Box 353410
phone: 206-221-8233
fax: 206-685-1696
e-mail: jotten@uw.edu
Faculty Bio | Publications

Dr. Otten’s research interests include the impacts of public health policy, specifically nutrition and food policy, on health behavior and obesity prevention and reduction; efficacy and evaluation of public health and food policies; food systems research as it relates to food and nutrition policy; and the effects of political psychology and political attention on communicating and spreading public health policy. Between 1998-2006, Dr. Otten served in various capacities, including Communications Director, for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C.


Jisun Paik

Research Assistant Professor, Comparative Medicine
PhD, 2000, University of Washington

Comparative Medicine
T-140Q Health Sciences Building, Box 357190
phone: 206-221-2682; 206-221-2572
fax: 206-685-3006
e-mail: jpaik@uw.edu

Dr. Paik studies Vitamin A and carotenoid metabolism, specifically how the conversion process of ß-carotene to vitamin A is regulated in our body.


Michael E. Rosenfeld

Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Professor, Pathology, School of Medicine
PhD, 1981, University of Wisconsin

319 Brotman Building
850 Republican Street, Box 358050
phone: 206-543-1738
fax: 206-685-3662
e-mail: ssmjm@uw.edu
Faculty Bio

Dr. Rosenfeld studies nutrition and cardiovascular disease, the role of nutrition in regulation of gene expression, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, and the pathology of atherosclerosis. The current focus of the Rosenfeld Lab is on the accelerated vascular disease associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. Specifically, the lab is studying the potential roles of the bone-related proteins osteoprotegerin, receptor activator of NFkB, and receptor activator of NFkB ligand in mediating the accelerated vascular calcification and atherosclerosis that occur in people with chronic kidney disease. The lab is also doing proteomic and genomic discovery studies with macrophages from uremic humans and mice to unveil new therapeutic pathways for chronic kidney disease. Dr. Rosenfeld also studies the roles of air pollution exposure and respiratory infection on atherosclerosis.


Interdisciplinary Faculty


Suhail Ahmad

Professor, Nephrology
MD, 1968, University of Allahabad (India)

Faculty Bio

Dr. Ahmad’s interests include the nutritional status of patients with end-stage renal disease, pathogenesis, and hypertension.


Karin E. Bornfeldt

Professor, Pathology
PhD, 1991, Linkoping University (Sweden)

Faculty Bio

Dr. Bornfeldt studies mechanisms whereby diabetes promotes cardiovascular disease in mouse models and at the cellular and molecular level and how this can be prevented; the effects of glucose, fatty acids, advanced glycation endproducts, and insulin on monocytes/macrophages, endothelial cells, and arterial smooth muscle cells; and intracellular signal transduction pathways.


Lingtak-Neander Chan

Associate Professor, Pharmacy
PharmD, 1996, University of Washington

Faculty Bio

Dr. Chan’s interests include drug-nutrient interaction and the mechanism and regulation of intestinal nutrition absorption.


Mary Y. Chang

Lecturer, Comparative Medicine
PhD, 1991, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Chang’s interests include defining the mechanisms and consequences of lipoprotein retention within the arterial wall as they relate to atherosclerosis and diabetic vascular disease.


David E. Cummings

Professor, Medicine (Metabolism, Endocrinology, Nutrition)
MD, 1987, Harvard/Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Faculty Bio

Dr. Cumming’s interests include research on the endocrine regulation of appetite, body weight, and glucose homeostasis. Specific areas of study include characterizing roles of the orexigenic hormone ghrelin in energy balance and glucose homeostasis; clarifying hormonal mechanisms that contribute to weight loss and especially diabetes resolution after bariatric/metabolic surgery; and conducting randomized controlled clinical trials to determine the proper role for metabolic surgery in diabetes care, including among patients not obese enough to qualify for bariatric surgery based on their body weight.


Joseph A.C. Delaney

Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
PhD, 2008, McGill University (Canada)

Faculty Bio

Dr. Delaney’s research interests include nutrition/exercise and cardiovascular disease, exposure measurement and misclassification in food frequency questionnaires, epidemiological methods for complex exposures, and ethnic disparities in diet.


Jonathan L. Gorstein

Clinical Associate Professor, Global Health
PhD, 1994, University of Michigan

Faculty Bio

Dr. Gorstein’s interests include design and implementation of interventions to control micronutrient malnutrition in developing countries, development of rapid tools to access micronutrient status in low-resource settings, and supporting national nutrition programs for planning and strategy formation.


Jay W. Heinecke

Professor, Medicine (Metabolism, Endocrinology, Nutrition)
MD, 1981, Washington University

Faculty Bio

Dr. Heinecke’s interests include understanding the role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of disease.


Margaret M. Heitkemper

Professor, Physiological Nursing
PhD, 1981, University of Illinois

Faculty Bio

Dr. Heitkemper’s interests include the role of stress, dietary intake, and ovarian hormones on GI symptoms and function in women with irritable bowel syndrome.


Edward W. Lipkin

Associate Professor Emeritus, Medicine (Metabolism, Endocrinology, Nutrition)
MD, 1978, PhD, 1977, Case Western Reserve University

Faculty Bio

Dr. Lipkin’s interests include metabolism and clinical nutrition.


Jennifer C. Lovejoy

Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology
PhD, 1988, Emory University

Faculty Bio

Dr. Lovejoy’’s major research focus is behavioral interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Her research has included studies of lifestyle interventions for obesity, the effect of menopause on energy expenditure and weight gain, and technological approaches to delivering behavioral weight loss programs. She has also studied the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine approaches for managing diabetes, including research on qigong and mindfulness.


Ulrike Peters

Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology
MPH, 1999, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; PhD, 1998, University of Kiel (Germany)

Faculty Bio | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Peters’ interests include nutritional prevention of cancer, cancer epidemiology, molecular and genetic epidemiology, and gene-diet interactions.


Michael W. Schwartz

Professor, Medicine (Metabolism, Endocrinology, Nutrition)
Director, Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence
MD, 1983, Rush University Medical Center

Faculty Bio

Dr. Schwartz’s interests include obesity, body weight regulation, hypothalamus, neuropeptide, leptin, insulin, neuropeptide Y, food intake, wasting, insulin sensitivity, corticotrophin-releasing hormone, anorexia, and weight loss. The lab of Dr. Schwartz investigates mechanisms of normal and abnormal body weight regulation. Special emphasis is placed on the roles of insulin and leptin signaling in the brain in the control of food intake and body fat content and on the specific brain pathways that mediate these effects. Specific projects include identification of intracellular signaling mechanisms involved in the response of hypothalamic neurons to insulin and leptin and mechanisms of hormone resistance induced in these neurons in association with the development of obesity.


C. Ronald Scott

Professor, Pediatric Genetics
MD, 1959, University of Washington

Faculty Bio

Dr. Scott’s interests include biochemical genetics.


Bettina K. Shell-Duncan

Professor, Anthropology
PhD, 1994, Pennsylvania State University

Faculty Bio

Dr. Shell-Duncan’s interests include nutritional anthropology, nutrition in the etiology of infectious disease, and nutrition-related immuno-suppression.


Lesley F. Tinker

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Family & Child Nursing
PhD, 1992, University of California-Davis; RD, 1976, Highland General

Dr. Tinker’s interests include dietary change, maintenance of dietary change, and lipid metabolism, particularly diet-induced changes in lipoproteins.


Anne Vernez-Moudon

Professor, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design & Planning
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
PhD, 1987, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Faculty Bio

Dr. Vernez-Moudon’s interests include built environment, active transport, and health.


Emily White

Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology
PhD, 1982, MS, 1979, University of Washington

Faculty Bio

Dr. White’s interests include the relation between dietary  supplements, diet, and cancer.


Katy G. Wilkens

Affiliate, Northwest Kidney Centers
MS, 1986, RD, 1977, University of Washington

Ms. Wilkens’ interests include nutrition in end-stage renal disease, anthropometric measurements, dialysis, diabetics on dialysis, renal bone disease, and polycystic kidney disease. Her research interests include most topics concerned with the nutritional physical status assessment of renal patients, particularly those on dialysis. She is interested in educational techniques to help with chronic non-compliance and ways to evaluate effectiveness of educational techniques. Personal interests include medical anthropology, anthropometric measurement, and use of laboratory values to assess nutritional status. Other areas of interest include polycystic kidney disease, phosphorus and calcium metabolism in renal failure, and renal bone disease.


Clinical Faculty


Karen Barale, MS, RD, CD, FADA

Clinical Associate Professor, Health Services
Associate Professor, Extension Educator, Washington State University Pierce County Extension
MS, 1980, University of Washington

As a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a tenured faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences—Washington State University Extension, Ms. Barale has a wealth of experience in nutrition education, adult learning theory, and curriculum development as well as connections to local extension opportunities for interns and students. Since 2004, she has provided internship rotations, 40-hour field experiences, and 10-week MPH practicum for University of Washington students.


Cheryl Davis, RD, CD, CNSC

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
Inpatient Clinical Manager, Clinical Pediatric Dietitian, Seattle Children’s Hospital
BS, 2002, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Ms. Davis is a pediatric dietitian working in the areas of GI, intestinal rehabilitation, and liver transplant. She has published work in the areas of glycemic control, growth hormone treatment, selenium deficiency, and pediatric nutrition assessment. As the Inpatient Clinical Manager, she oversees a staff of 25 Registered Dietitians and coordinates clinical placements of our students with her staff. She has provided multiple guest lectures in our acute care and pediatric nutrition graduate courses.


Alysun Deckert, MS, RD, CD, MHA

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
Clinical Nutrition Manager, University of Washington Medical Center
MHA, 2008, MS, 1994, University of Washington

Ms. Deckert has been a clinical dietitian at UWMC since 1993, focusing primarily on solid organ transplant, specifically liver, kidney, and pancreas. She also has clinical dietetic expertise in the areas of renal, general surgery (including gastric bypass, whipple, and esophageal surgeries), otolaryngology, medical ICU, general medicine, obstetrics, and psychiatry. In 2011, she became the Clinical Nutrition Manager at UWMC, overseeing the clincial Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered.


Catherine Farver, RDN, CD

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Health Services
Director of Clinical Nutrition Services, Harborview Medical Center
BS, 1980, Eastern Washington University

Ms. Farver has been a practicing Registered Dietitian for more than 30 years and has worked in medical centers, specializing in the care of critically injured patients and in management of both clinical nutrition services and foodservices. She currently works in a large academic medical center that specializes in the care of trauma victims and the underserved of King County. Ms. Farver oversees inpatient/outpatient clinical nutrition, inpatient food services, and retail operations, including two cafeterias.


Sharon Feucht, MA, RD, CD

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
Nutritionist, Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD)
MA, 1983, University of Washington

Ms. Feucht supervises nutrition trainees in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program curriculum. Her clinical responsibilities include Child Development and High Risk Infant Follow-up Clinics. She is the Project Director of the Nutrition Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) contract from the state Title V Agency, providing training for the CSHCN Nutrition Network and Community Feeding Teams. Ms. Feucht is also the editor for the newsletter Nutrition Focus for Children with Special Health Care Needs, published by CHDD.


Patricia Fitch, RD, CD

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
Clinical Dietitian, UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital and Medical Center
BS, 1972, Iowa State University

Ms. Fitch is a clinical dietitian in the Intensive Care, Telemetry, Oncology, and Surgical units at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center and has worked at the hospital for more than 30 years. Prior to that, she was with Kaiser-Permanente in Portland, OR, for six years as an inpatient, outpatient, and research dietitian.


Storm Hodge

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
Assistant Director, UW Dining, Housing & Food Services, University of Washington
BA, 1989, Idaho State University

With more than 25 years of campus dining, culinary, and operations experience, Mr. Hodge is driven by the desire to bring the restaurant experience to college campuses. Before joining the Housing & Food Services leadership team, he worked for a global food contractor, where he was responsible for leading culinary training, systems implementation, kitchen design, and retail restaurant brand development for more than 165 college and university campuses in the western United States. He has also served as a key member of a national menu development team and has taught in partnership at the Culinary Institute of America.


Mary Podrabsky, MPH, RD

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
MPH, 2007, University of Washington

Ms. Podrabsky has served as the Director of School and Community Initiatives at the University of Washington’s Center for Public Health Nutrition since 2007. In this role, she works with school districts, public health organizations, researchers, and community organizations toward the development, implementation, and evaluation of policy and environmental approaches to reduce obesity. Funders include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Washington State Department of Health.


Barb Pyper, MS, RD, SNS, FCSI

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
Owner, An Apple a Day, LLC
MS, 1978, Case Western Reserve University

Ms. Pyper has extensive training in food safety, culinary/recipe development, management, customer service, managing transition, and total quality management. She has served as the director in large-volume food service operations in both colleges and health care and was an adjunct professor of food systems management at Seattle Pacific University for 17 years. Ms. Pyper also serves as the Executive Director for three dietetic practice groups.


Judy Simon, MS, RD, CD, CHES

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
Clinic Dietitian, University of Washington Medical Center, Roosevelt Clinic
MS, 1988, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Ms. Simon has spent her entire career in the field of dietetics. Over the years she has been employed at community and teaching hospitals, campus health facilities, and primary care clinics. She has mentored and taught dietetic interns at the University of Illinois and MidMichigan Regional Medical Center. For more than 10 years, Ms. Simon has mentored University of Washington students, lectured to numerous interns during their graduate coursework, and mentored student projects. Since 2011, she has been the instructor for Nutrition Counseling for Chronic Disease (NUTR 560).


Peggy Starr, RD, CD

Clinical Instructor, Health Services
Clinical Dietitian, UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center
BS, 1975, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Ms. Starr began her career in dietetics in a private practice in Great Falls, MT, where she was a consultant for WIC, Head Start, Aging Services Senior Nutrition Program, and a skilled nursing facility. She then transitioned to a position in clinical dietetics at the local hospital, where she worked for several years. Ms. Starr relocated to Seattle and worked for almost three years at Northwest Hospital before joining the clinical team at Valley Medical Center. Ms. Starr began her tenure at Valley Medical Center in the transitional care unit and has since become the Registered Dietitian covering the adult medicine oncology units.