Eileen Kennedy

Eileen Kennedy is a former dean of the Friedman School. Currently a professor at the School, Kennedy's research interests include assessing the health, nutrition, diet and food security impacts of policies and programs; nutrient density and diet diversity; and agriculture nutrition linkages. She is a member of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the UN Committee on World Food Security. Formerly a member of the UN SCN Advisory Group on Nutrition. She founded and was the first Executive Director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. She created the Healthy Eating Index which is used as a single summary measure of diet quality. She is currently a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Council on Food Security and Nutrition.


  • D.Sc., School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • M.S., School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. Hunter College

Research Activities

PI - Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity

Co PI - Nutrition Innovation Lab