Kathryn Dewey is a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis. She was a co-founder of the UC Davis Program in International and Community Nutrition (now the Institute for Global Nutrition) and served as its Director from 2007 to 2018.
Her research focuses on maternal and child nutrition in vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on interventions to prevent malnutrition during the first 1000 days. She has conducted research in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, Ghana, Malawi, and Bangladesh.
Her professional service includes extensive consultation for the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and other organizations, membership on the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board and the U.S. 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, as well as President of the Society for International Nutrition Research and President of the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation.
Dr. Dewey has mentored more than 45 graduate students and produced more than 450 publications. She has received several national and international awards, including the Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition, the Macy-György Award from ISRHML, the E.V. McCollum International Lectureship, and Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition.