June 2, 2017

The Department of Family Science is pleased to welcome Adjunct Research Professor Dr. Chessa Lutter. Dr. Lutter joined Family Science in March 2017 with the aim of bringing a global perspective on the importance of nutrition for health policy and programs. Dr. Lutter’s research focuses on maternal and child nutrition and obesity prevention. She currently has research projects in Ecuador and Malawi related to young child feeding and growth. With FMSC, Dr. Lutter will continue to be engaged in multiple research projects and in the future be involved with students and the educational program.

Dr. Chessa Lutter has worked for more than 25 years on policies and programs to improve maternal and child nutrition in low- and middle-income countries. She has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO), other United Nations Organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. She recently retired from a 19-year career as a Senior Advisor in Food and Nutrition at the Pan Amercan Health Organization (PAHO), the regional office of WHO for the Americas. At PAHO, she led the development and evaluation of multiple regional nutrition strategies and action plans — most recently a Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents, unanimously approved by all member states in 2014. Prior to joining PAHO, she worked for the Food and Nutrition Board, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a nongovernmental organization dedicated to promoting breastfeeding. Her many peer-reviewed papers on child growth, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and child obesity have appeared in major nutrition and health journals. She has also led the development of several internationally-accepted PAHO/WHO documents identifying best practices in child nutrition. Dr. Lutter holds an MS and PhD in nutrition from Cornell University and a BS in natural resources from the University of California at Berkeley.

Please be sure to introduce yourself and welcome Chessa to the Department of Family Science, and to the School of Public Health. We are so glad she’s here!

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