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Katherine Tucker

Katherine L. Tucker, Ph.D. Professor, Co Director


Nutritional Epidemiology

Research Interest

Diet and chronic disease risk; dietary assessment methodology; health disparities

Educational Background

Cornell University, Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences

University of Connecticut, BS in Nutritional Sciences


Katherine L. Tucker, Ph.D., is Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology in the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences at UMass Lowell. She also holds adjunct appointments at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and the Department of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Tucker has contributed to more than 250 articles in scientific journals. Her research focuses on dietary intake and risk of chronic disease, including osteoporosis, cognitive decline, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease. She is the director of an NHLBI funded center on Population Health and Health Disparities, studying the roles and interactions of stress, social support, diet, health behavior and genetic predisposition in relation to health disparities in Puerto Rican adults. She has collaborated for many years with the Framingham Studies, particularly the Framingham Osteoporosis Study, and she serves as a scientific adviser for, and leads a Vanguard data analysis center with the Jackson Heart Study. 
She is the Editor-in Chief of Advances in Nutrition, the review journal of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), and currently serves on the NIH study section for Kidney disease, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes (KNOD). She is also an associate editor for Public Health Nutrition, and was a co-editor of the recently published 11th edition of the textbook, Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease. She is a past-chair of the Nutritional Sciences Council at the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and past Associate Editor for the Journal of Nutrition.