Susan Krebs-Smith, PhD, is the Chief of the Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch
of the Applied Research Program. In that capacity, she oversees a program of research on
the surveillance of risk factors related to cancer, methodological issues to improve the
assessment of those factors, and issues related to guidance and food policy. Her own
surveillance research has emphasized trends in intake of foods and nutrients, especially
fruits and vegetables; food sources of nutrients; and factors associated with the intake
of foods and/or nutrients, using data from the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related
Research Program. Her contributions in the area of dietary assessment methodology have
focused on developing methods to assess dietary patterns and the usual intake of foods.
Her efforts in dietary guidance and food policy include quantifying potential future
demand for food commodities, based on population-wide adoption of the Dietary Guidelines
and census projections. Dr. Krebs-Smith was a member of the drafting committee for the
2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Dr. Krebs-Smith has been a long-standing member of the Advisory Committee for the
International Conference on Dietary Assessment Methods, and has served on the editorial
boards for both the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and the Journal of
Nutrition Education and Behavior, and on the Governing Council of the American Public
Dr. Krebs-Smith received a Bachelor's degree in Home Economics from Bradley University,
a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctorate in
Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University.