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Part-time Core Faculty

Carolyn Accardi, PhD, RD
Program Director

Dr. Carolyn Accardi leads research integrating metabolomic platforms for studies focused on human health, disease, nutrition, physical activity, pediatric medicine and environmental exposures. Her collaborative research explores the metabolic underpinnings of health, human development and disease pathophysiology.

Dan Benardot, PhD, RD, FACSM
Professor of Practice

Dr. Benardot received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Maryn McKenna, MS
Senior Fellow in Health Narrative and Communication

Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist who specializes in public health, global health, and food policy. She is a columnist for Wired’s Ideas section and writes for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Mother Jones, Newsweek, NPR, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Slate, The Atlantic, Nature, and The Guardian, among other publications.

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Don Noble, PhD

Dr. Noble studies the physiology of slow, deep breathing - a core component of meditation - using rodent models that allow for robust control over experimental variables.

Helena Pachón, PhD, MPH
Research Professor

Dr. Pachón’s research interest lies in food-based approaches to address malnutrition and specifically to fortification: adding vitamins and minerals to staple foods as they are processed for human consumption.

Cassandra Quave, PhD
Associate Professor of Dermatology and Human Health

Dr. Cassandra Quave leads antibiotic drug discovery research initiatives. Trained as a medical ethnobotanist, her research is focused on the documentation and biochemical analysis of botanical remedies used in the traditional treatment of infectious and inflammatory skin disease.

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Charles Raison, MD
Visiting Professor

Dr. Charles Raison is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Howard Kushner, PhD

Dr. Howard I. Kushner is the Nat C. Robertson Distinguished Professor of Science & Society Emeritus at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and the John R. Adams Professor of History Emeritus at San Diego State University. A historian of medicine and neuroscience, Kushner is author of five books and numerous articles on the history of suicide and of addiction.

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