Susan Krebs-Smith, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Special Volunteer
Risk Factor Assessment Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program


  • Ph.D. – Nutrition, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.P.H. – Public Health Nutrition, University of Minnesota


Dr. Susan (Sue) Krebs-Smith is a Special Volunteer 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).

Dr. Krebs-Smith was previously the Branch Chief for RFAB; she retired from the Federal government after more than 30 years of service at the end of 2017.

Her surveillance research has emphasized trends in intake of foods and nutrients, especially fruits and vegetables; food sources of nutrients; and factors associated with the intake of foods and/or nutrients, using data from the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Program. Her contributions in dietary assessment methodology have focused on developing methods to assess dietary patterns and the usual intake of foods. Her efforts in dietary guidance and food policy include quantifying potential future demand for food commodities based on population-wide adoption of the Dietary Guidelines and census projections. Dr. Krebs-Smith provided data analyses and consultation in support of the last several editions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and was a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee to develop A Framework for Assessing the Effects of the Food System and the Committee on Optimizing the Process to Update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Dr. Krebs-Smith was a long-standing member of the Advisory Committee for the International Conference on Dietary Assessment Methods. She has served on several editorial boards, including the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the British Journal of Nutrition, and the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, and on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association.

Select Publications

Liese AD, Krebs-Smith SM, Subar AF, George SM, Harmon BE, Neuhouser ML, Boushey CJ, Schap T, Reedy J. The Dietary Patterns Methods Project: synthesis of findings across cohorts and relevance to dietary guidance. J Nutr. 2015 Mar 1 [Epub ahead of print].

Miller PE, Reedy J, Kirkpatrick SI, Krebs-Smith SM. The United States food supply is not consistent with dietary guidance: evidence from an evaluation using the Healthy Eating Index-2010. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Jan; 115(1): 95-100.

Guenther PM, Kirkpatrick SI, Reedy J, Krebs-Smith SM, Buckman DW, Dodd KW, Casavale KO, Carroll RJ. The Healthy Eating Index-2010 is a valid measure of diet quality according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. J Nutr. 2014 Mar;144 (3):399-407.

Reedy J, Krebs-Smith SM, Miller PE, Liese AD, Kahle LL, Park Y, Subar AF. Higher diet quality is associated with decreased risk of all-cause, cardiovascular disease, and cancer mortality among older adults. J Nutr. 2014 Jun;144 (6):881-9.

Vandevijvere S, Monteiro C, Krebs-Smith SM, Lee A, Swinburn B, Kelly B, Neal B, Snowdon W, Sacks G; INFORMAS. Monitoring and benchmarking population diet quality globally: a step-wise approach. Obes Rev. 2013 Oct; 14(Suppl 1):135-149.

Guenther PM, Casavale KO, Reedy J, Kirkpatrick SI, Hiza HA, Kuczynski KJ, Kahle LL, Krebs-Smith SM. Update of the Healthy Eating Index: HEI-2010. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013 Apr; 113(4):569-80.

Gortmaker SL, Story M, Powell LM, Krebs-Smith SM. Building infrastructure to document the U.S. food stream. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Feb; 44(2): 192-3.

Pronk NP, Krebs-Smith SM, Galuska DA, Liu B, Kushner RF, Troiano RP, Clauser SB, Ballard-Barbash R, Smith AW. Knowledge of energy balance guidelines and associated clinical care practices: the U.S. National Survey of Energy Balance Related Care among Primary Care Physicians. Prev Med. 2012 Jul; 55(1):28-33.