Meghan Zimmer

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
Risk Factor Assessment Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Telephone: (240) 276-6730
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  • M.P.H. – University of Tennessee
  • B.S. – Biology, Fairfield University


Meghan Zimmer is a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in EGRP’s Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB). In this capacity, she works on analyzing questions related to dietary patterns in a novel WIC dataset and food source and frequency of eating in NHANES; updating RFAB resources like the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) and Dietary Assessment Primer; and making enhancements to the Automated Self-Administered 24-Hour Dietary Assessment (ASA24) Tool.

Meg earned her M.P.H. degree from the University of Tennessee, where she was awarded the Excellence in Epidemiology award from the university’s Department of Public Health, and her B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University. Her interest area is maternal and child nutrition and her research has focused on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research (HER) / CDC NOPREN WIC Learning Collaborative and is currently co-authoring a HER brief about online ordering in the WIC program during COVID-19. Meg was Co-Principal Investigator of a pilot test for WIC online grocery ordering, funded by No Kid Hungry and the National WIC Association. Prior to joining EGRP, Meg was with the USDA Food Surveys Research Group for a field placement for her M.P.H. degree.

Select Publications

Zimmer MC, Beaird J, Anderson Steeves ET. Qualitative Analysis of WIC Participants’ Perspectives of Facilitators and Barriers to Shopping with eWIC Compared to Paper Vouchers. J Nutr Educ Behav. Accepted Aug 2020.

Zimmer MC, Vernarelli JA. Select Food Group Intake of U.S. Children Aged 2-4 Years by WIC Participation Status and Income. J Acad Nutr Diet. Accepted Jul 2020.

Zimmer MC, Vernarelli JA. Changes in Nutrient and Food Group Intakes Among Children and Women Participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Findings from the 2005–2008 and 2011–2014 NHANES. Public Health Nutr. Dec. 2019; 22(18): 3309-3314.

Zimmer MC, Rubio V, Kintziger KW, Barroso C. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Dietary Intake of U.S. Children Participating in WIC. Nutrients. Special Issue: Dietary Intake and Eating Behaviors in Children. Oct. 2019; 11(11): 2607.