Heather Hamner, PhD, MS, MPH
Dr. Heather Hamner leads the Maternal, Infant, and Toddler Nutrition Team. This team focuses on ensuring children have optimal nutrition and feeding practices in the first two years of life. Her work has included research on food consumption patterns and nutritional status of young children, working with partners to advance education and training of health care providers, and working with federal partners to advance efforts related to early child nutrition. Prior to joining her current team, Dr. Hamner worked for 11 years as a health scientist in CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in which she focused on ensuring that women have safe and healthy pregnancies. Dr. Hamner received her PhD in Foods and Nutrition from The University of Georgia, and her MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and MS in Nutrition from Tufts University.