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Rachel E. Scherr

Rachel E. Scherr

  • Assistant Project Scientist

3149 Meyer

(530) 752-3387



  • Ph.D., Nutritional Biology, University of California, Davis

Research Interests

Dr. Scherr’s research interests are mainly focused on nutrition education and promotion in school-aged children. Research efforts include the implementation of a multi-component, school-based intervention entitled the Shaping Healthy Choices Program. The Shaping Healthy Choices Program includes the following components: 1) nutrition education and promotion; 2) family and community partnerships; 3) support and promotion of regional agriculture; 4) foods available on the school campus; and 5) school wellness committees and policies. Specifically, Dr. Scherr is evaluating the relationship between nutrition education and measurable outcomes including nutrition knowledge, dietary intake, vegetable preferences, and novel sub-clinical biomarkers in children. Previous research included nutrition education for preschool aged-children and research on the effects of copper deficiency in genetic and dietary murine models.

Selected Publications

  • Scherr, R.E., Linnell, J., Smith, M.H., Briggs, M., Bergman, J., Brian, K., Feenstra, G., Hillhouse, J.C., Keen, C.L., Nguyen, L.M., Nicholson, Y., Ontai, L., Spezzano, T., Steinberg, F.M, Sutter, C., Wright, J.E., Young, H.M., and Zidenberg-Cherr, S. Development and Implementation Methodologies of a Multi-Component, School-Based Nutrition Education Intervention, The Shaping Healthy Choices Program.  Submitted to the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
  • Nguyen L, Scherr RE, Linnell J, Nicholson Y, Spezzano T, Brian K, Ermakov I, Gellermann W, Keen C, Miyamoto S, Smith M, Steinberg F, Young H, Zidenberg-Cherr, S. Using a Health Fair as a model to collect biomarker data from children in the school environment.  Submitted to the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
  • Scherr, R.E., Cox, R.J., Feenstra, G., and Zidenberg-Cherr, S. Integrating local agriculture with nutrition education to improve the health of Californians: Current status of garden-based nutrition education and farm-to-school programs in California schools and after-school programs. California Agriculture 67(1):30-37. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v067n01p30. January-March 2013.
  • Scherr, R.E., Briggs, M., Reed, H., and Zidenberg-Cherr, S.  Development and Evaluation of Nutrition Education Competencies and a Competency-Based Resource Guide for Preschool-Aged Children.  Journal of Child Nutrition and Management.  35(2) Available at
  • Uriu-Adams, J.Y., Scherr, R.E., Lanoue, L., and Keen, C.L. Influence of Copper on Early Development: Prenatal and Postnatal Considerations.  BioFactors;36:136-152.