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Kraak, Vivica Professor Vivica Kraak, MS, PhD, RD


  • Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition Policy, Virginia Tech 2015 -
Vivica I. Kraak, PhD, RD is an Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition Policy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. She is also a Public Health Consultant who has more than 20 years of professional experience combined from academic settings and non-governmental organizations. She earned a PhD in population health from Deakin University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (2014); an MS degree in nutritional sciences from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (1989); and a BS degree in nutritional sciences from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (1986). Vivica has co-authored more than 40 publications related to four research themes, including: population-based approaches to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among children and adolescents; government and corporate responsibility and accountability for healthy food environments; improving the food industry’s marketing practices to promote a healthy diet and achieve health-promotion targets for children and adolescents; and making translational research relevant to policymakers and decision-makers in different contexts. From 2010 to September 2013, she worked as a part-time Research Fellow at Deakin University’s World Health Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention and the Population Health Strategic Research Centre, School of Health and Social Development in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. From 2007 to 2010, she was the Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisor for Save the Children’s U.S. after-school obesity prevention program serving rural children in 12 states. From 2002 to 2006, she staffed several expert consensus committees convened by the Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine at The National Academies in Washington, DC. From 1994 to 2000, she worked as a Research Nutritionist in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, where she coordinated several domestic and international food policy and community nutrition research projects. Vivica is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Public Health Association, and the American Society for Nutrition.

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