Return to Directory

Diane Marie Harris

Adjunct Professor, Health Scientist and Team Lead, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention    

Cornell University, Animal Science/Animal Nutrition, Ph.D.
Emory Rollins School of Public Health, Prevention Science, M.P.H.
University of California, Davis, Animal Science, B.S.


Research Interests
Implementation of public health strategies to create healthy food environments, particularly those that promote fruit and vegetable intake for children.

Selected Publications
Harris, D.M., Lott, M., Lakins, V., Bowden, B., and J. Kimmons. 2012. Farm to institution: creating access to healthy local and regional foods. Advances in Nutrition. 3:343-349. PubMed PMID: 22585910.

Harris, D.M., Seymour, J, Grummer-Strawn, L., Cooper, A., Collins, B., DiSogra, L., Marshall, A., and N. Evans. 2012. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools: A Public-Private Partnership to Increase Student Fruit and Vegetable Consumption. Childhood Obesity. 8(4):294-297.

Merlo, C., Harris D.M., and K.G. Lane. 2013. Ch. 7 Nutrition Services and the School Nutrition Environment. Ch. 7 in Results from the School Health Policies and Practices Study, 2012. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta GA.

Kim, S.A., Moore, L.V., Galuska, D., Wright, A.P., Harris, D.M., Grummer-Strawn, L.M., Merlo, C.L., Nihiser, A.J., and D.G. Rhodes. 2014. Vital Signs: Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Children — United States, 2003–2010. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). 63(31);671-676. [Includes additional set of communication materials:].

Demissie, Z., Eaton, D.K., Lowry, R., Kim, S.A., Park, S., Grimm, K.A., Merlo, C. and D.M. Harris. 2015. The association of meal practices and other dietary correlates with dietary intake among high school students in the United States, 2010. American Journal of Health Promotion. DOI: 10.4278/ajhp.131211-QUAN-632.

Merlo, C., Brener, N., Kann, L., McManus, T., Harris, D., and K. Mugavero. 2015. School-Level Practices to Increase Availability of Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains, and Reduce Sodium in School Meals — United States, 2000, 2006, and 2014. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). 64(33);905-908.

Selected Presentations
Harris, D.M. 2015. Invited Speaker: Good Food for CACFP. The National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference and National CACFP Leadership Conference. March 1-3, Washington, D.C.

Harris, D.M. 2015. Invited Speaker: Public Health Actions for Healthy Grocery Retail. Food Marketing Workgroup: Healthy Checkout Subcommittee (Behavioral Economics & Healthy Food Promotion), Center for Science in the Public Interest. March 23, Atlanta, GA.

Harris, D.M. 2015. Invited Speaker: Increasing Students’ Access to Fruits and Vegetables: Salad Bars in Schools. Congressional Briefing on Salad Bars in Schools Expansion Act (H.R. 2627), hosted by Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), June 3, Washington, DC.

Harris, D.M. 2015. Panelist: Distribution – Why Now? The Public Health Perspective. Healthy Food in Small Stores: Addressing Distribution Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Community Health (sponsored by the Food Trust). October 1-2, Philadelphia, PA.

Harris, D.M., O’Toole, T., Zaganjor, H., Ulin, B., and J. Kimmons. 2015. Implementation of Food Service Guidelines through Programs and Partnerships at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association. Chicago, IL, October 31-November 4; Abstract number 333186.

Harris, D.M., Padilla, B., and C. Beegle. 2016. How to Successfully Implement Salad Bars in Your School Cafeteria. Hosted by Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools. Team Up Thursday Webinar for the Institute of Child Nutrition and USDA. April 28, online.

American Society for Nutrition
American Public Health Association
Georgia Organics

Advisory Board, National Farm to School Network
Georgia Farm to School Alliance

Awards and Honors
Internal CDC Recognition