Rachel E. Scherr, Ph.D.

 Rachel E. Scherr, Ph.D.


  • Assistant Researcher
  • Department of Nutrition



  • 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

Linnell JD, Zidenberg-Cherr S, Briggs M, Scherr RE, Brian KM, Hillhouse C, Smith MH. Using a Systematic Approach and Theoretical Framework to Design a Curriculum for the Shaping Healthy Choices Program. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015 Nov 4. pii: S1499-4046(15)00676-4.   [PubMed]

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  http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=16361.

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. [PubMed]