Kirsten A. Herrick, Ph.D., M.Sc.

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

Telephone: (240) 276-5734
Fax: (240) 276-7920

  • Ph.D. – Nutrition and Health Science
    Emory University
  • M.Sc. – Public Health Nutrition
    University College of London
  • B.A. – 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


Dr. Kirsten Herrick 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.

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, and iodine nutrition.

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 child bearing 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

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.

Herrick KA, Storandt RJ, Afful J, Pfeiffer CM, Schleicher RL, Gahche JJ, Potischman N. Vitamin D status in the United States, 2011-2014. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 May 10 [Epub ahead of print].

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.

Herrick KA, Rossen LM, Kit BK, Wang CY, Ogden CL. Trends in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration by Birth Weight among US children, 1999-2012. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Aug 1;170(8):805-7.