Center for Public Health Nutrition

Faculty & Staff


Adam DrewnowskiAdam Drewnowski, PhD

Dr. Adam Drewnowski is a world-renowned leader in innovative research approaches for the prevention and treatment of obesity. Dr. Drewnowski is Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition and the Center for Obesity Research. He is also the Director of the Nutritional Sciences Program at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Professor of Epidemiology with an adjunct appointment in Medicine and is a Joint Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Drewnowski's current research is focused on the relationship between poverty and obesity and the links between obesity and diabetes rates in vulnerable populations and access to healthy foods. He has also conducted epidemiological studies on dietary quality, both in the US and abroad, and extensive research on taste function and food preferences in relation to food choices and the overall quality of the diet.

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Phone: (206) 543-8016 | Fax: (206) 685-1696

Donna JohnsonDonna B. Johnson, PhD, RD
Associate Director

Dr. Donna Johnson is a Professor in Health Services and is also affiliated with the Nutritional Sciences Program. She has a focus on public health nutrition practice, and works closely with state and local health departments on planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health nutrition programs. Donna's research interests include community oriented research, with an emphasis on policy and environmental change. She is an expert in child nutrition, and has worked on Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NIH funded projects to improve nutrition in schools and child care and evaluate policy impacts.

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Phone: (206) 685-1068 | Fax: (206) 685-1696

Anju AggarwalAnju Aggarwal, PhD, MS
Acting Assistant Professor

Dr. Aggarwal is a Nutrition Epidemiologist with expertise in nutrition and biostatistics. She is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Her academic background is in International Health (PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), and Nutrition (MS. and BS, Delhi University, India). Her research deals with in-depth understanding of the psychosocial and environmental-level barriers in relation to nutrition-problems in the developed and the developing world. She brings expertise and experience in developing NIH grant proposals, managing nutrition projects at the national and international level, and statistical analyses of cross-sectional and longitudinal studies.

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Phone: (206) 616-3264 | Fax: (206) 685-1696

Jesse Jones-SmithJessica Jones-Smith, PhD, MPH, RD
Assistant Professor, Health Services

Dr. Jones-Smith investigates socioeconomic causes and correlates of obesity risk in both high- and low/middle-income countries. Past and current research pertains to (1) income- and ethnicity-based health disparities in obesity, (2) early life risk factors for obesity, and (3) the nutrition transition and increasing obesity prevalence in low- and middle-income countries.

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Phone: (206) 685-4579 | Fax: (206) 685-1696

Scott IckesScott Ickes, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Services

Dr. Ickes’s research program is dedicated to improving maternal and child nutrition in low-income countries and in underserved communities in the U.S. His research applies nutritional epidemiology and qualitative methods to identify socio-cultural and structural causes of poor nutrition and health, and to develop and evaluate interventions to reduce undernutrition and obesity. He has consulted with UNICEF and the World Food Program in Uganda to develop the evaluation for the national Integrated Case Management of Childhood Illnesses project. Since 2013, Dr. Ickes has been a member of the AidData Research Consortium within the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network.

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Phone: (206) 616-2680 | Fax: (206) 685-1696

Jennifer Otten, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor

Jennifer is an Assistant Professor in Health Services. Her 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.

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Phone: 206-221-8233 | Fax: 206-685-1696


AFFIliate and Past FACULTY

Barbara BruemmerBarbara Bruemmer, PhD, RD

Dr. Barbara Bruemmer's areas of interest reflect her diverse background in both public health and clinical nutrition. Her current projects focus on obesity prevention, nutrition management of chronic disease, and menu labeling.

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Glen DuncanGlen Duncan, PhD
Washington State University Spokane

Glen Duncan is the Chair of Washington State University Spokane's Nurition and Exercise Physiology Department and is an Affiliate Professor in UW Epidology. Glen's research interests include: (1) the relationships among cardiovascular fitness, body fatness, and metabolic disease (e.g., metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes); (2) the role of lifestyle interventions that involve increased habitual physical activity, exercise training, and dietary modifications in the prevention and treatment of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases; and, (3) non-biological determinants of physical activity and obesity (e.g., access, income, and the built environment).

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Pablo Monsivais, PhD, MPH
Cambridge University

Currently serving as Senior University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge's Centre for Diet and Activity Research, Pablo was formerly an Acting Assistant Professor at UW and remains a regular collaborator with the Center for Public Health Nutrition. His research is focused on the behavioral and social determinants of food choices, diet quality and health.

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Tori Bradford, MPH, CHES

Research Coordinator

Contact for Early Care & Education and STARS Credits
e-mail | phone: (206) 616-1179

Katherine Getts, MPH, RD

Research Coordinator
e-mail | phone: (206) 616-6527

Mary Podrabsky, MPH, RD

Director of School & Community Initiatives
e-mail | phone: (206) 221-4528 

Emilee Quinn, MPH

Research Coordinator
e-mail |phone: (206) 616-7362 


Lina Pinero Walkinshaw, MPH

Research Coordinator
e-mail | phone: (206) 616-1569