Jennifer Lerman, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N.
Contractor, Program Management Analyst, Risk Factor Assessment Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Contact Information

Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E114, MSC 9762
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)


  • M.P.H. – Nutrition
    The University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • B.S. – Nutrition
    Simmons College
  • B.A. – English
    Boston College


Jennifer Lerman is a Program Management Analyst in the Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB) of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP). In this role, she assists in program responsibilities related to population monitoring and assessment of food and nutrient intakes, methods to facilitate nutritional epidemiology, and evidence to support nutrition policy. She participates in RFAB activities such as the update of the Healthy Eating Index, the maintenance of the Automated Self-Administered 24-Hour Dietary Assessment Tool (ASA24), and the upkeep of several measures registries. Her interest areas include dietary assessment, dietary guidance and public health, and maternal and child health and nutrition.

Ms. Lerman first joined EGRP as a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in 2016. Prior to her EGRP fellowship, she completed a practicum internship for her M.P.H. in the Office of Nutrition Research at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). In addition, Ms. Lerman has worked as a neonatal dietitian and an adult oncologic dietitian in several clinical settings. Her work as a dietitian has often included a focus on nutrition education to adult and pediatric populations in addressing a wide variety of medical needs.


Krebs-Smith SM, Pannucci TE, Subar AF, Kirkpatrick SI, Lerman JL, Tooze JA, Wilson MM, Reedy J. Update of the Healthy Eating Index: HEI-2015. J Acad Nutr Dietet. 2018 Sep;118(9):1591-1602.

Reedy J, Lerman JL, Krebs-Smith SM, Kirkpatrick SI, Pannucci TE, Wilson MM, Subar AF, Kahle LL, Tooze JA. Evaluation of the Healthy Eating Index-2015. J Acad Nutr Dietet. 2018 Sep;118(9):1622-1633.

Kirkpatrick SI, Reedy J, Krebs-Smith SM, Pannucci TE, Subar AF, Wilson MM, Lerman JL, Tooze JA. Applications of the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) for surveillance, epidemiology and intervention research: Considerations and caveats. J Acad Nutr Dietet. 2018 Sep;118(9):1603-1621.

Subar, AF, Kushi LH, Lerman JL & Freedman LS. Invited commentary: The contribution to the field of nutritional epidemiology of the landmark 1985 publication by Willett et al. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Jun 1; 185(11).1124-1129.

Lerman JS, Haslem J, Kim L, Ponderelli J, Ma M, Felson R, Sanderson K, Murphy K, Hopkins K, Wright E, Frankel F & Edelstein S. Collected research on phytonutrients: Flavonoids. Journal of Culinary Science and Technology. 2015; 13(3):214-241.

Lerman J. (2014). Food Preservation and Packaging. In Sari Edelstein (Ed.), Food Science: An Ecological Approach (pp. 495-523). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

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