Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition

Advisory Committee

Johanna T. Dwyer, D.Sc., R.D.

Elizabeth G. Armstrong, Ph.D Director, Frances Stern Nutrition Center at New England Medical Center.

Professor of Medicine (Nutrition) and Community Health,Tufts University Medical School

Professor of Nutrition,Tufts University School of Nutrition.

Senior Scientist, Jean Mayer/USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

Since mid 2003 until the present Dr. Johanna Dwyer is on loan from Tufts University to the Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, where she is responsible for several large projects, including development of an analytically substantiated dietary supplement database and other dietary supplement databases, development of research on the assessment of dietary supplement intake and motivations for their use, and other topics.

Dr. Dwyer was the Assistant Administrator for Human Nutrition, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture from 2001-2002. Earlier in her career, Dwyer served in the Executive Office of the President as staff for the White House Conference on Food Nutrition and Health of 1969, and again in 1976 for the President’s Reorganization Project examining the role of nutrition programs in the federal government.  As the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow (1980-1981), she served on the personal staffs of Senator Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) and the Hon. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland).

Dwyer received her D.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Harvard School of Public Health, an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, and completed her undergraduate degree with distinction from Cornell University. She is the author or coauthor of more than 170 research articles and 300 review articles published in scientific journals on topics including preventing diet-related disease in children and adolescents; maximizing quality of life and health in the elderly; vegetarian and other alternative lifestyles, and databases for bioactive substances other than nutrients.

She served on the 2000 Dietary Guidelines Committee and was a member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences from 1992-2001 She was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine National Academy of Sciences in 1998, and served as Councilor of the Institute of Medicine from 2001-2003. She is currently secretary of the American Dietetic Association Foundation, and editor of Nutrition Today. She is the past President and Fellow of the American Institute of Nutrition, past Secretary of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, and past President and Fellow of the Society for Nutrition Education. She received the Conrad V Elvejhem Award for public service in 2005 from the American Society for Nutrition Sciences, the Alumni Award of Merit from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004, the Medallion Award of the American Dietetic Association in 2003, and the WO Atwater award in 1996.

Johanna T. Dwyer, D.Sc., R.D.
Senior Scientist, Nutritional Epidemiology Program
Box 783 New England Medical Center
750 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111-1524

Phone: (617) 636-5273
FAX: (617) 636-8325

E-mail: jdwyer1@tufts-nemc.org

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