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Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Kirsten A. Herrick, PhD, MSc

Program Director
Risk Factor Assessment Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Telephone: (240) 276-5734

  • PhD – Nutrition and Health Science
    Emory University
  • MSc – Public Health Nutrition
    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • BA – Biochemistry (major), Psychology (minor)
    University of Tennessee
Contact for questions about:
  • Dietary assessment
  • Dietary measurement error
  • Automated Self-administered Dietary Assessment Tool (ASA24)
  • Dietary surveillance


Kirsten Herrick, PhD, MSc, is a program director with the Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB) of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Her focus is on developing, designing, and conducting nutrition research related to dietary methods, dietary instruments, measurement error, dietary surveillance, and nutritional epidemiology.

Dr. Herrick oversees the web-based Automated, Self-Administered 24-Hour Dietary Assessment Tool (ASA24), a freely available web-based tool that enables multiple, automatically coded, self-administered 24-hour recalls and/or single or multi-day food records. Dr. Herrick also oversees the Diet History Questionnaire, NCI’s publicly available food frequency questionnaire. She also serves as the Project Scientist for the NIH Common Fund’s Nutrition for Precision Health, powered by the All of Us Research Program.

Dr. Herrick’s scientific interests include nutrient intakes and food consumption patterns among infants birth to 24 months, breastfeeding disparities in the U.S. population, iodine nutrition, and ultra-processed food identification and consumption patterns.

Prior to joining EGRP, Dr. Herrick was a nutritional epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this capacity, she estimated usual intake distributions to assess the nutrition status of U.S. population groups and conducted analyses on dietary behaviors, food and nutrient intake, and nutritional status of infants, children, and women of childbearing age. Dr. Herrick was also involved in reviewing, revising, and developing new questionnaire content for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES).

Dr. Herrick completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she managed the Day and Night Lifestyle and Cancer Survival Study.

Select Publications

O'Connor LE, Martinez-Steele E, Wang L, Zhang FF, Herrick KA. Food Processing, According to the NOVA System, and Dietary Intake of US Infants and Toddlers. J Nutr. 2023 Jun 19:S0022-3166(23)72425-5. Online ahead of print.

Herrick KA, Lerman JL, Pannucci TE, Zimmer M, Shams-White M, Meyers Mathieu K, Stoody EE, Reedy J. Continuity, Considerations, and Future Directions for the Healthy Eating Index-Toddlers-2020 (HEI-Toddlers-2020). J Acad Nutr Diet. 2023 May 18:S2212-2672(23)00243-5. Epub ahead of print.

Evans ME, Herrick KA, Regan KS, Shams-White MM, Vargas AJ, Reedy J. A Decade of Dietary Assessment Methodology Research at the National Institutes of Health, 2012-2021. J Nutr. 2023 May;153(5):1627-1635. Epub 2023 Mar 14.

Steele EM, O'Connor LE, Juul F, Khandpur N, Galastri Baraldi L, Monteiro CA, Parekh N, Herrick KA. Identifying and Estimating Ultraprocessed Food Intake in the US NHANES According to the Nova Classification System of Food Processing. J Nutr. 2023 Jan;153(1):225-241. Epub 2022 Dec 15.

Kirkpatrick SI, Guenther PM, Durward C, Douglass D, Zimmerman TP, Kahle LL, Atoloye AT, Marcinow ML, Savoie-Roskos MR, Herrick KA, Dodd KW. The Accuracy of Portion Size Reporting on Self-Administered Online 24-Hour Dietary Recalls Among Women With Low Incomes. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2022 Apr 4;S2212-2672(22)00175-7.

Kirkpatrick SI, Guenther PM, Subar AF, Krebs-Smith SM, Herrick KA, Freedman LS, Dodd KW. Using Short-Term Dietary Intake Data to Address Research Questions Related to Usual Dietary Intake among Populations and Subpopulations: Assumptions, Statistical Techniques, and Considerations. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2022 Mar 11;S2212-2672(22)00139-3.

Wang L, Martínez Steele E, Du M, Pomeranz JL, O'Connor LE, Herrick KA, Luo H, Zhang X, Mozaffarian D, Zhang FF. Trends in Consumption of Ultraprocessed Foods Among US Youths Aged 2-19 Years, 1999-2018. JAMA. 2021 Aug 10;326(6):519-530.

Vinyard M, Zimmer M, Herrick KA, Story M, Juan W, Reedy J. Healthy Eating Index-2015 Scores Vary by Types of Food Outlets in the United States. Nutrients. 2021 Aug 7;13(8):2717.

Herrick KA, Fryar C, Hamner H, Sohyun P, Ogden C. Added Sugars Intake among U.S. Infants and Toddlers. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2020 Jan; 120(1): 23-32.

Gahche JJ, Herrick KA, Potischman N, Bailey RL, Ahluwalia N, Dwyer JT. Dietary Supplement Use among Infants and Toddlers Aged <24 Months in the United States, NHANES 2007-2014. J Nutr. 2019 Feb 9 [Epub ahead of print].

Perrine CG, Herrick KA, Gupta PM, Caldwell KL. Iodine Status of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age in the United States. Thyroid. 2019 Jan;29(1):153-154.

Herrick KA, Rossen LM, Parsons R, Dodd KW. Estimating Usual Dietary Intake From National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data Using the National Cancer Institute Method. Vital Health Stat 2. 2018. February (178): 1-63.

Ahluwalia N, Herrick KA, Rossen LM, Rhodes D, Kit B, Moshfegh A, Dodd KW. Usual nutrient intakes of US infants and toddlers generally meet or exceed Dietary Reference Intakes: findings from NHANES 2009-2012. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Oct;104(4):1167-1174.