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Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH

Appointed to the Task Force: 2013

Shiriki K. Kumanyika PhD, MPHShiriki K. Kumanyika PhD, MPH is a research professor in the Department of Community Health & Prevention at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. She is also professor emerita of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. The main themes in her research concern prevention and control of obesity and other diet-related risk factors and chronic diseases, with a particular focus on reducing the prevalence and health burdens of obesity in black communities.

Dr. Kumanyika is founder and chair of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN), a national network of academic scholars and community research partners who generate and translate research on nutrition, physical activity, and weight issues among African American children and adults. Dr. Kumanyika is past president of the American Public Health Association and has served in numerous advisory roles related to public health research and policy in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Kumanyika has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific articles, reports, commentaries, and book chapters. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has been involved in numerous national and international public health-related advisory and policy activities. She is a member of the World Health Organization Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group, Subgroup on Diet and Health and the Lancet Commission on Obesity. She is also co-chair of the Policy and Prevention Section of the World Obesity Federation. Dr. Kumanyika has also received several prestigious awards for her work, including the Bolton L. Corson Medal for Nutrition Research from The Franklin Institute, the Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award from the Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association, and the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award from the CDC Foundation in partnership with the James and Sarah T. Fries Foundation.

Dr. Kumanyika received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Cornell University, a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.