Marissa Shams-White, Ph.D., M.S.T.O.M., M.S., M.P.H.
Cancer Prevention Fellow, 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. 4E204, MSC 9763
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)


  • Ph.D. – Nutritional Epidemiology
    Tufts University
  • M.S. – Nutritional Epidemiology
    Tufts University
  • M.P.H. – Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    Tufts University
  • M.S. – Traditional Oriental Medicine
    Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
  • B.S. – Health Sciences
    Ithaca College


Dr. Shams-White is a Cancer Prevention Fellow with the Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB) of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP). In this role, she works with Dr. Jill Reedy and others in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) on projects related to dietary patterns/assessment, measurement error, and the associations between both individual behavioral risk factors (e.g., sleep, physical activity) and the built environment in obesity and cancer prevention. She also has an interest in complementary and alternative medicine.

Prior to joining EGRP, Dr. Shams-White was a research assistant at both the Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center, where she led and assisted in the completion of systematic reviews and evidence maps. Prior to pursuing her education at Tufts University, she was also an acupuncturist.

In addition, Dr. Shams-White is currently an adjunct professor for the University of New England College of Graduate and Professional Studies in the Applied Nutrition program in Portland, ME.


Shams-White MM, Chui K, Deuster PA, McKeown NM, Must A. Investigating items to improve the validity of the five-item healthy eating score compared with the 2015 Healthy Eating Index in a military population. Nutrients. 2019 Jan 23;11(2). pii: E251.

Raman G, Shams-White M, Avendano EE, Chen F, Novotny JA, Cassidy A. Dietary intakes of flavan-3-ols and cardiovascular health: a field synopsis using evidence mapping of randomized trials and prospective cohort studies. Syst Rev. 2018 July 18;7(1), 100.

Tybor DJ, Beauchesne AR, Niu R, Shams-White MM, Chung M. An evidence map of research linking dietary sugars to potentially related health outcomesExternal Web Site Policy. Curr Dev Nutr. 29 June 2018;nzy059.

Shams-White MM, Chung M, Fu Z, Insogna KL, Karlsen MC, LeBoff MS, Shapses SA, Sackey J, Shi J, Wallace TC, Weaver CM. Animal versus plant protein and adult bone health: A systematic review and meta-analysis from the National Osteoporosis Foundation. PLoS One. 2018 Feb 23;13(2): e0192459.

Shams-White M, Deuster P. Obesity Prevention in the Military. Curr Obes Rep. 2017 Jun;6(2): 155-162.

Bright OJ, Wang DD, Shams-White M, Bleich SN, Foreyt J, Franz M, Johnson G, Trickett- Manning B, Mattes R, Pi-Sunyer X, Schneeman B, Parrott JS, Steffen D, Sylvetsky A, Ziegler P, Chung, M. Research priorities for studies linking intake of low calorie sweeteners and potentially related health outcomes. Curr Dev Nutr. 2017 Jun 8;1(7): e000547.

Shams-White MM, Chung M, Du M, Fu Z, Insogna KL, Karlsen MC, LeBoff MS, Shapses SA, Sackey J, Wallace TC, Weaver CM. Dietary protein and bone health: a systematic review and meta-analysis from the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Jun;105(6): 1528-1543.

Wang DD, Shams-White M, Bright OJ, Parrott JS, Chung M. Creating a literature database of low-calorie sweeteners and health studies: evidence mapping. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2016 Jan 5;16(1):1.

Shams-White M, Kelly MJ, Gilhooly C, Liu S, Must A, Parsons SK, Saltzman E, Zhang FF. Food craving and obesity in survivors of pediatric ALL and lymphoma. Appetite. 2016 Jan 1;96:1-6.

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