Bernadette Marriott

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"Bernadette Marriott, Ph.D., Principal Associate/Scientist, Domestic Health, Abt Associates, Inc., Vice President for Science and Education at the Samueli Institute.

"Bernadette M. Marriott, PhD, splits her time between positions as Principal Associate and Senior Scientist at Abt Associates, and Vice President for Science and Education at the Samueli Institute. Bernadette has 38 years of experience in the fields of nutrition, psychology, and comparative medicine with expertise in diet, nutrition and chronic disease. Dr. Marriott has worked in scientific settings in the federal government, universities, and foundations. Her research has focused on nutrition and related behavioral studies, specifically diet and health research, and food labeling. Other positions include Vice President for Science Integration, RTI International, Founding Director of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, Deputy Director of the Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine (IOM), Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at Northern Arizona University, Vice President for Programs and Communications for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and Associate Director of the Caribbean Primate Research Center, University of Puerto Rico. She is currently leading or has recently led an ASPE-funded project on barriers to meeting the dietary guidelines, two corporate-funded projects on infant feeding, an EPA project on lifestyle factors in the elderly, two US Army diet and nutrition projects, two ILSI NA projects: one on fructose intake and one on added sugar intake and micronutrient adequacy, NIH-funded projects on adult and child intake, TMA-funded Weight Management Demonstration Project: Healthy Eating and Active Living in TRICARE Households (HEALTH), an obesity study supported by OSTP, and was the scientific lead for diet, exercise, weight management, and related health indicators on the 2005 Department of Defense (DoD) Survey of Health-Related Behaviors among Military Personnel, and the Office of Dietary Supplements-funded project on the feasibility of creating a Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD). Bernadette Marriott has a BSc in biology/immunology from Bucknell University, a PhD in psychology from King’s College, Aberdeen, Scotland, and postgraduate training in trace mineral nutrition, comparative medicine, and advanced statistics. She has published extensively, is on a number of national committees and university scientific advisory boards, and is a frequent speaker on diet, dietary supplements and health."[1]


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  1. American Botanical Council Board, organizational web page, accessed February 10, 2013.