Rachel E. Scherr, Ph.D.

 Rachel E. Scherr, Ph.D.

Position

  • Assistant Researcher
  • Department of Nutrition

Contact

Education

  • 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., Dharmar, M. Linnell, J., Smith, M.H., Briggs, M., Bergman, J., Brian, K., Feenstra, G., Hillhouse, J.C., Keen, C.L., Beccarelli, L.M., Ontai, L.L., Schaefer, S.E., Spezzano, T., Steinberg, F.M, Sutter, C., Young, H.M., and Zidenberg-Cherr, S. Sustained BMI improvement from the Shaping Healthy Choices Program, a multi-component, school-based, nutrition intervention. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. In Press.

Beccarellli L, Scherr RE, Linnell JD, Dharmar, M, Brian K, Ermakov I, Gellermann W, Jahns, L, Keen CL, Miyamoto S, Steinberg F, Young HM, Zidenberg-Cherr, S. Using Skin Carotenoids to Assess Potential Dietary Changes in Students After One Academic Year Participating in the Shaping Healthy Choices Program. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. In Press.

Scherr RE, Linnell JD, Dharmar M, Beccarelli LM, Bergman JJ, Briggs M, Brian KM, Feenstra G, Hillhouse JC, Keen CL, Ontai LL, Schaefer SE, Smith MH, Spezzano T, Steinberg FM, Sutter C, Young HM, Zidenberg-Cherr S. A Multicomponent, School-Based Intervention, the Shaping Healthy Choices Program, Improves Nutrition-Related Outcomes. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017 Feb 8. pii: S1499-4046(16)30961-7. [PubMed]

Scherr, RE, Cunningham, B., Graham, D., Jahns, L., Laugero, K., Lora, K., Reicks, M., and Mobley, A. Innovative techniques for evaluating behavioral nutrition interventions. Advances in Nutrition. 2017. 8(1)113-125. [PubMed]

Linnell, JD, Smith, MH, Briggs, M, Brian, KM, Scherr, RE, Dharmar, M, and Zidenberg-Cherr, S. Evaluating the relationships between teacher characteristics, implementation factors, and student outcomes among children participating in an experiential school-based program. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. 2016.

Linnell, JD., Zidenberg-Cherr, S., Briggs, M., Scherr, R.E., Hillhouse, J.C., Brian, K., and Smith, M.H. Using a Systematic Approach and Theoretical Framework to Design a Curriculum for the Shaping Healthy Choices Program. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2016; 48(1):60-69e1. [PubMed]

Nguyen L, Scherr RE, Linnell JD, Nicholson Y, Spezzano T, Brian K, Ermakov I, Gellermann W, Keen CL, Miyamoto S, Smith MH, Steinberg F, Young HM, Zidenberg-Cherr, S. Evaluating the relationship between plasma and skin carotenoids and reported dietary in elementary school children to assess fruit and vegetable intake. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. 2015;572:73-80. [PubMed]

Sutter C, Nishina A, Scherr RE, Zidenberg-Cherr S, Ontai LL. Sharing, trading, stealing: Exploring the role of peers in shaping foods available at lunchtime. J Early Adolescence. January 2015.

Scherr, R.E., Linnell, J., Smith, M.H., Briggs, M., Bergman, J., Brian, K., Dharmar, M., Feenstra, G., Hillhouse, J.C., Keen, C.L., Nguyen, L.M., Nicholson, Y., Ontai, L.L., Schaefer, S.E., Spezzano, T., Steinberg, F.M, Sutter, C., Wright, J.E., Young, H.M., and Zidenberg-Cherr, S. The Shaping Healthy Choices Program: design and implementation methodologies for a multicomponent, school-based nutrition education intervention. 2014;46(6):e13-e21. [PubMed]

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 2013;67(1):30-37.

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. 2011;35(2). [Article]

Uriu-Adams, J.Y., Scherr, R.E., Lanoue, L., and Keen, C.L. Influence of Copper on Early Development: Prenatal and Postnatal Considerations. BioFactors. 2010;36:136-152. [PubMed]