Shiriki K. Kumanyika, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.W.
Shiriki Kumanyika is professor of epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and the Department of Pediatrics (Section on Nutrition) and associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Kumanyika has a unique interdisciplinary background that integrates epidemiology, nutrition, social work and public health methods and perspectives. The main themes in Dr. Kumanyika's research concern prevention and control of obesity and other diet-related risk factors and chronic diseases, with a particular focus on reducing the prevalence and health burdens of obesity in black communities. In 2002, she formed the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, a national network of academic scholars and community research partners who generate and translate research on nutrition, physical activity, and weight issues in African American children and adults. Dr. Kumanyika has served in numerous advisory roles related to public health research and policy, in the U.S. and abroad. From 2008-2011 she was vice chair of the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Healthy Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 and is currently president-elect of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Kumanyika also co-chairs the International Obesity Task Force, the policy group of the International Association for the Study of Obesity and is a member of the World Health Organization's Expert Panel on Nutrition. She has served on the Food and Nutrition Board and a number of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study committees, such as the Committee for Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth (member), the Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity (as a volunteer consultant), the Committee on an Evidence Framework for Obesity Prevention Decision Making (as Chair), and the Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention (member). Dr. Kumanyika also chaired the Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention from 2009 until its retirement in 2013. She received her M.S in social work from Columbia University, Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and Ph.D. in human nutrition from Cornell University. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicne.