American Society For Nutrition

GNC Leadership

GNC Leadership

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice

Lynnette M. Neufeld - Chair


Lynnette M. Neufeld is Director of Monitoring, Learning and Research at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) where she leads a team dedicated to the strategic collection, translation, and use of evidence to guide the design and improvement of nutrition programs globally.  Dr. Neufeld is Chair of the Steering Committee of the Micronutrient Forum and is a council Member of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS).  Dr. Neufeld has extensive international experience, including 10 years at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico where her research focused on improving the effectiveness of interventions to promote the health, growth and development of children from disadvantaged populations. She continues an active research agenda, including lead researcher on the nutrition impact evaluation of the Oportunidades (Mexico). She continues an active role in research, teaching and student advising through on-going collaborations with Emory and Cornell Universities and INSP in Mexico and has over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. Dr. Neufeld has a Doctoral and Master's Degrees in International Nutrition from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Applied Human Nutrition from Guelph University in Guelph, Canada.

Aryeh D. Stein - Chair-Elect

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Dr. Aryeh D. Stein is Professor of Global Health and of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. He obtained his B.Sc. in Nutrition from the University of London, UK, and following two years as Provincial Nutritionist in Papua New Guinea, obtained his MPH and PhD degrees, both in Epidemiology, from Columbia University, USA. Prior to joining Emory, he helped develop the Department of Epidemiology at Michigan State University. With over 160 publications, his research focuses on the long-term consequences of variations in prenatal and child nutrition and growth for adult health, using longitudinal panel studies and quasi-experimental approaches. Most of his research has been conducted on the consequences of gestational exposure to the Dutch Famine of 1944-45 and of maternal and child exposure to a nutrition supplementation trial conducted in Guatemala by INCAP between 1969 and 1977.  He is a co-investigator in the COHORTS collaboration, a network of five birth cohort studies in low- and middle-income countries. He collaborates with investigators at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica in Cuernavaca Mexico, especially in the conduct and analysis of a study following children born following maternal supplementation with DHA. He has consulting relationships with CARE India, SCF El Salvador and CARE Bangladesh, and is presently collaborating with investigators at the Developmental Pathways to Health Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa, where he has an appointment as Honorary Lecturer. (Faculty page

Rafael PÉrez-Escamilla - Past-Chair

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Rafael is Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health and Director, Office of Community Health, Yale School of Public Health. His public health nutrition and food security research has led to improvements in breastfeeding promotion, iron deficiency anemia among infants (by delaying the clamping of the umbilical cord after birth), household food security measurement and outcomes, and community nutrition education programs worldwide. His health disparities research involves assessing the impact of community health workers at improving behavioral, metabolic, and mental health outcomes among Latinos with type 2 diabetes. He has published 115 research articles and over 300 conference abstracts, book chapters, and technical reports.His work has been supported by over $18 million in extramural funding from NIH, USDA, CDC, USAID and The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. Prof. PÉrez-Escamilla was a member of the 2009 Institute of Medicine (IOM)/National Academy of Sciences Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines Committee, and of the 2010 USA Dietary Guidelines Scientific Advisory Committee.He is currently the Chair-elect of the International Nutrition Council and Chair of the minority Affairs Committee of the American Society for Nutrition. He is a trustee of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) based in Washington DC. He is an advisory committee member of the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Sciences at the New York Academy of Sciences. He has been a senior advisor to community nutrition programs as well as household food security measurement projects funded by FAO, USDA, USAID, PAHO, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, The World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and the Governments of Mexico and Brazil. Prof. PÉrez-Escamilla has been principal mentor to over 40 master and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral researchers and visiting scholars from all over the world. Prof. PÉrez-Escamilla is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar who lectures globally and has received numerous professional recognitions and awards as a result of his major contributions to his fields of work. After obtaining his BS in Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City he received his MS in Food Science and his PhD in Nutrition from the University of California at Davis. (Faculty page)

Beatrice L. Rogers - Secretary/Treasurer

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Bea is a professor of Economics and Food Policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She served as Academic Dean of the School for 13 years, and is currently Director of the school's Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program. Bea's career combines teaching in a graduate program to prepare students for careers in food and nutrition policy in the US and globally, and conducting field research on food policy and programs, mostly in developing countries. Her research focuses on economic determinants of household food consumption, including price policy, food aid, food price subsidies and income transfers. Her current research is on a project for the US Agency for International Development assessing the programmatic uses and nutritional quality of food aid commodities. As part of this project, she is conducting studies in three sub-Saharan African countries to assess the use, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alternative nutritional supplements for the prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in children.  She recently completed a study that focuses on how the effects of food assistance programs can be made sustainable after the programs are closed (a four year project conducted in Bolivia, Honduras, India, and Kenya).  She has conducted research on the determinants of intra-household allocation of resources, focusing on the role of female household headship among other factors. Previous work included the application of  the statistical technique of Small Area Estimation to the assessment of the distribution of malnutrition prevalence at geographically disaggregated levels using census and survey data in combination. She also has conducted research on curricula to prepare global food policy professionals and on their career trajectories. Most of her research has been in less developed countries, including Malawi, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Republic of Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Honduras, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil, but she has also conducted research in the US on food stamps and their relationship to household food security, and on construction of alternative poverty line for the US. Dr Rogers holds a PhD from the Heller School of Social Welfare Policy at Brandeis. (Faculty page)

Margaret Bentley -At large Member


Dr. Bentley received her MA and PhD degrees in Medical Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. From 1985-98 she was on faculty in International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Since 1998 she has been on faculty at the University of North Carolina, where she has held several leadership roles. Dr. Bentley's research focuses on women and infant's nutrition, infant and young child feeding, behavioral research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health. She has particular expertise in qualitative research methods and the application of these for program development and evaluation. She led an NIH-funded intervention to improve child growth and development in Andhra Pradesh, India and currently leads an NIH-funded trial in North Carolina for prevention of obesity among infants and toddlers. She is Principal Investigator of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant for analyses of nutrition data from the Breastfeeding, Antiretroviral and Nutrition (BAN) study. Dr. Bentley was a member of the Advisory Board of the Indo-US Joint Working Group on Maternal and Child Health and is a member of the ASPPH Global Health Committee. She is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. In 2005 she was named Paul G. Rogers Ambassador for Global Health and was the founding Chair of the Board of Directors of the Triangle Global Health Consortium. She is a member of the Board of Directors the Consortium for Universities in Global Health.

Kimberly Harding - At large Member


Kim is Program Manager, Strategic Research and Latin America at the Micronutrient Initiative, a global not-for-profit organization aimed at eliminating micronutrient malnutrition. She manages a research portfolio focused on generating high quality evidence on the benefits, safety, and feasibility of micronutrient interventions for maternal and child health and nutrition. She is actively involved in a variety of community-based research projects as co-investigator or collaborator, including studies on multiple micronutrient powder dosing schemes for infants in Peru, integrated nutrition and early learning interventions for children in India, preconceptual weekly micronutrient supplementation for women in Vietnam, preventive vs. therapeutic zinc supplementation for young children in Lao PDR, and the evaluation of a social marketing campaign promoting micronutrient supplements in Bolivia. Kim also manages the Micronutrient Initiative's programmatic work in Latin America and provides technical support for programs in Asia and Africa. Kim is especially interested in the intersection between research, policy, and practice and the importance of appropriate knowledge translation to ensure the integration of decision-makers' and knowledge users' perspectives into research. As part of her research and program support portfolio, which spans over 7 years, Kim has established collaborations with a diverse group from academia, government, and the program community. She has a Master's degree in Human Nutrition, with a focus on International and Community Nutrition, from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Kim served as Communications Chair and Advisory Group Member for the ASN Community and Public Health Nutrition Research Interest Section from 2010 to 2012. 

Nancy F. Krebs - At large Member

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Nancy Krebs, MD, MS, is a Professor of Pediatrics, Head of the Section of Nutrition, and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.She obtained her M.S. in Nutrition Science at the University of Maryland and her M.D. from the University of Colorado. She is board certified in General Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and in Clinical Nutrition. She studies the impact of nutrition and feeding on both impaired and excessive growth of infants and young children, in both U.S. and international settings.Current research investigates the influence of maternal phenotype on bioactive components of human milk; effects of complementary food choices on infant growth and body composition; effects of pre- and post-natal dietary exposures on infants' microbiome; and impact of pre-conceptional interventions to improve fetal growth in low resource international settings, and to reduce obesity risk in offspring in the US.She has over 200 research and scholarly publications. Her research is funded by the NIH, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and foundations.She has served the American Society of Nutrition through the Medical Nutrition Council, Graduate and Professional Education Committee, and the Committee on Clinical Practice. Leadership roles have included service on the Committee on Nutrition for the American Academy of Pediatrics for 10 years, including 4 yr as Chair; Co-Chair of the AAP Task Force on Obesity; member of the Food and Nutrition Board with the National Academy of Sciences; the Dietary Guidelines B-24 Federal Steering Committee, Workshop Planning Member& Thematic Working Group (6-12 mo); and the BOND (Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development) Zinc Expert Panel. (Faculty page)

Purnima Menon - At large Member

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Purnima Menon is Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI's Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, and is based at IFPRI's South Asia office in New Delhi, India. She conducts applied nutrition research in the South Asia region, with a focus on maternal and child nutrition.  Dr. Menon's research combines rigorous theory-driven evaluations of nutrition and public health interventions with policy analysis, and draws on disciplinary perspectives and research methods from nutrition, epidemiology, program evaluation, economics and public policy. Currently, she leads the measurement, learning and evaluation team for Alive and Thrive, an initiative to improve infant and young child feeding and child nutrition in Bangladesh, Viet Nam and Ethiopia.  She also directs POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition in India), an initiative to strengthen and mobilize evidence on delivering and scaling up direct nutrition interventions in India.   Dr. Menon has a Ph.D. in International Nutrition from Cornell University and a M.Sc. in Nutrition from the University of Delhi. She is courtesy associate professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University.  Dr. Menon has served as a director-at-large on the ASN Board of Directors between 2012 and 2014. (Faculty page)

Sera Young - Early Career/Young Professional Representative

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Sera Young, MA, PhD, is a faculty member in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. The focus of her work is the reduction maternal and child undernutrition in sub-Saharan Africa. Methodologically, she draws on her training in medical anthropology and international nutrition to take a biocultural approach to improving maternal and child health. Her specific areas of interest include the impacts of food insecurity on maternal and child health, the prevention of maternal-to-child transmission of HIV, evaluative ethnography, and pica, or non-food cravings. She has been a fellow and held faculty positions at the University of California, Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC San Francisco, and has a BA in Cultural Anthropology (University of Michigan), MA in Medical Anthropology (University of Amsterdam) and a PhD in International Nutrition (Cornell University). Currently, she has ongoing studies in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Mozambique, and is President Elect for the Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute. She is the author of “Craving Earth” (Columbia University Press) for which she received the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology. (Faculty page)

Sheela Sinharoy - Student Representative

Sana Syed - Student Representative

Sana Syed

Sana Syed is a Pediatric Gastroenterology, Liver and Nutrition Fellow at Emory University and is also enrolled as a Masters student at the Laney Graduate School where she is pursuing a MSc in Clinical Science Research. Her interests include international child health and nutrition with her current research being focused on anemia and micronutrient malnutrition. She is also interested in malnutrition in developing countries and in understanding better how this is different from malnutrition in clinical settings in developed countries such as the US. Prior to starting her fellowship at Emory, Sana graduated from medical school in Pakistan where she first developed an interest in global health. She was a researcher for the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study as part of a WHO/Gates CHERG initiative where she was worked with the Infections Morbidity/Disability Group with the primary objective to produce systematic estimates of morbidity/long term disability for neonatal infections and long term sequelae. Sana moved to the US for Pediatrics residency training at Duke University where she undertook community nutrition initiatives such as her Community Access to Child Health project (a project funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics) which focused on obese children aged 5 to 12 years. After finishing her residency her interest in Nutrition lead her to Emory where she is currently based.