About The Director
Dr. Amy Yaroch is the Executive Director at the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (GSCN). She also holds a Special Dean appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health at the University of Nebraska of Medical Center. Dr. Yaroch received her PhD in nutrition, with an emphasis in behavioral science from Emory University in 1999.
Dr. Yaroch then worked as an Assistant Scientist at AMC Cancer Research Center until 2002. In 2002, she joined the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Health Promotion Research Branch as a Program Director and Behavioral Scientist. At NCI, Dr. Yaroch oversaw research efforts in the areas of nutrition, obesity prevention and behavioral sun safety/skin cancer prevention. Since 2009, Dr. Yaroch has been leading efforts in obesity prevention, food insecurity, local food systems and health, and survey development and evaluation at the GSCN. Her research incorporates a social ecological approach, working at individual, environmental and policy levels for positive behavior change.
Dr. Yaroch has authored more than 75 papers, two book chapters and was lead guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior on diet and communication. Dr. Yaroch has received both federal and non-federal funding in diverse areas including obesity prevention, farm to institution and food insecurity. In addition, Dr. Yaroch and her staff aid on evaluation efforts for many national organizations. Dr. Yaroch is an active collaborator on projects with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).