Jennifer T Smilowitz, Ph.D.

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Position Title
Assistant Professor of Cooperative Extension

3150D Meyer Hall | Lab: 3150H Meyer Hall
  • B.S., Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D., Nutritional Biology, University of California, Davis
Research Interests

Dr. Smilowitz has a well-established research career in clinical nutrition and lactation research that targets health in the first 1000 days from pregnancy through early childhood. As a lactation education counselor, Dr. Smilowitz built a multi-collaborative outreach program focused on infant feeding that educates families on lactation and breastfeeding. Her current research and outreach programs focus on critical issues that identify and address gaps in health equity across the lifespan, support community health and reduce chronic disease risk.

Dr. Smilowitz leads the Outreach & Research Implementing Advancements in Nutrition Equity (ORIANE) Lab, which uses multi-disciplinary and multi-prong approaches to improve community health by 1) implementing and testing evidence-based nutrition interventions; 2) creating educational programs on nutrition and health using multimedia to empower families, especially from racially diverse, low-income communities; and 3) delivering professional training on nutrition-related topics to healthcare providers, community professionals, educators, and advocates.

Selected Publications:

Please find a full list of publications on Jennifer T. Smilowitz' Google Scholar page page