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Nicola McKeown

Scientist I
Nutritional Epidemiology Team
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Dr. Nicola McKeown is Scientist I on the Nutritional Epidemiology Team at the HNRCA. She is an associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and holds a secondary faculty position in the Department of Public Health & Community Medicine at Tufts University. She is internationally renowned for her research examining the role of whole grains in promoting health. She has made significant contributions to improving our understanding of the impact of different carbohydrate sources, in particular sugar sweetened beverages, on abdominal fat, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes risk factors. Her current research employs large observational datasets to examine the interaction between diet and genes on cardiometabolic risk. She is the PI of an innovative project to develop a publicly available dietary fiber database, which compiles and synthesizes the current and emerging body of literature linking dietary fibers to human health outcomes. Dr. McKeown was the 2014 recipient of the ASN General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition Innovation Award. In addition, she is PI of the Adhering to Dietary Approaches for Personal Taste (ADAPT) cohort, a web-based study to capture data on diet and behavior among followers of popular diets. Dr. McKeown is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and The Obesity Society and serves as scientific advisor for the Whole Grains Council. She serves on the editorial boards of Tufts Health and Nutrition News Letter and Nutrition Today and was a guest consulting editor for “Change Your Diet, Change Your Life,” a special report published by Tufts Health and Nutrition News Letter in cooperation with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy for five years. Dr. McKeown has been an invited peer reviewer for many of the most prominent health and nutrition journals and is a member of the American Society of Nutrition, American Heart Association, and The Obesity Society. Dr. McKeown received a B.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge in England

Ph.D., Nutritional Epidemiology, Cambridge University, UK

Academic Appointments
Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Current Research Projects
USDA-ARS: Nutritional Epidemiology
• ILSI: Comprehensive Fiber Database and Evidence Map
• Industry funded (in part) ADAPT -- This study is ongoing and is collecting a breadth of evidence on the psychobiological, cultural, social, and environmental predictors of long-term dietary adherence to healthy dietary patterns in adults.
• R01 subcontract:Sugar-Gene Interactions on cardiometabolic risk factors
• General Mills, Inc.: Whole Grains/Dietary Patterns PhD Student Sponsorship