L. Beth Dixon

Associate Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies

Phone: 212 998 5584

Curriculum Vitae/Syllabi


Beth Dixon, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor and Director of the Public Health Nutrition concentration of the Community Public Health Program in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University. She has a doctoral degree in Nutrition from Penn State and a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the University of California-Berkeley. As a nutritional epidemiologist, Dr. Dixon studies the dietary patterns and health of different populations including children and immigrants. She has expertise in dietary assessment methodologies and quantitative analysis of dietary intake data in relation to obesity and chronic disease. She is also interested in health policy, especially to improve maternal and child nutrition. With colleagues at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the CDC, she is evaluating the nutrition and physical activity policies of New York City childcare centers in an effort to reduce obesity and improve the lifestyles of young children. With colleagues at NYU, she is also evaluating the role of school food policies on children's body weight, how calorie labeling in fast food restaurants influences food choices, and whether financial incentives to build supermarkets in low income areas influence intake of fruits and vegetables by children and their families. Her research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the National Institutes of Health, the USDA, and the NYC DOHMH, and published in several peer-reviewed journals. With Dr. Marion Nestle, she co-edited Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Food and Nutrition, a collection of pro and con positions about current issues in public health nutrition. An active member in several professional organizations, Dr. Dixon is past chair of the Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association, and current chair of the Association of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition.

Selected Presentations

  • Dietary patterns and cancer: Findings from the DIETSCAN project
    Presented at the Nutrition Seminar Series, Harvard School of Public Health, April 2003.
  • Dietary assessment methods in cancer epidemiology
    Annual lecture given as part of the Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control, NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention, Bethesda MD. July 2005, July 2004, July 2003, July 2002, July 2001.
  • Historical perspective and evolution of dietary patterns research
    To be presented at a Workshop on Dietary Patterns: Challenges and Opportunities in Dietary Patterns Research, Experimental Biology, San Francisco CA, April 2006.


Degrees Held

  • A.B. Duke University
  • M.P.H. UC-Berkeley
  • Ph.D. Penn State


  • 2001 : Cancer Prevention Research Training Merit Award, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • 2004 : Goddard Faculty Fellowship Award, Steinhardt School of Education, NYU
  • 2007 : Steinhardt Excellence in Teaching Award, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, NYU

Selected Publications

  • Dixon LB et al. Differences in dietary intakes and serum nutrients between adults from food insufficient families and food sufficient families, NHANES III, 1988-1994. J Nutr 2001;131:1232-46
  • Dixon LB, Cronin FJ, Krebs-Smith SM. Let the Pyramid guide your food choices: Capturing the total diet concept. J Nutr 2001;131:461S-72S
  • Lytle LA, Dixon LB, Cunningham-Sabo L, et al. Dietary intakes of Native American children: Findings from the Pathways Feasibility Study. J Am Diet Assoc 2002;102:555-58.
  • Dixon LB, Ernst N. Choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fat: Subtle changes to a familiar message. J Nutr 2001;131:510S-26S.
  • Dixon LB, Tershakovec AM, McKenzie J, Shannon B. Diet quality of young children who received nutrition education promoting lower dietary fat. Public Health Nutr 2000;3(4):411-16.
  • Mendoza FS, Dixon LB. The health and nutritional status of immigrant Hispanic children: Analyses of the Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In Children of Immigrants: Health, Adjustment, and Public Assistance. DJ Hernandez, ed.
  • Lancaster KJ, Watts SO, Dixon LB. Dietary intake and risk of coronary heart disease differ among ethnic subgroups of Black Americans. J Nutr, in press
  • Dixon LB, Sundquist J, Winkleby MA. Differences in energy, nutrient, and food intakes in a national sample of Mexican-American women and men: Findings from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988-1994. Am J Epidemiol 2000;152:548-57
  • Dixon LB et al. Adding carotenoids to the NCI Diet History Questionnaire database. J Food Comp Anal 2003;16:269-80
  • Balder et al (Dixon LB). Analysis of dietary patterns in four cohort studies using a common methodologic approach. J Nutr 2003;133;4246-51
  • Burgos AE, Schetzina KE, Dixon LB, Mendoza FS. Do first generation Mexican immigrant children in the United States have poor health care access and utilization independent of socioeconomic and insurance status? Pediatrics 2005;115:322-30
  • Wang MC, Dixon LB. Socioeconomic influences on skeletal health in postmenopausal women: Findings from NHANES III, 1998-1994. Osteoporosis International 2005. E-pub: 10.1007/s00198-005-1917-1 (May 10, 2005)
  • Männistö S, Dixon LB, Balder E et al. Dietary patterns and breast cancer risk: Results from three cohort studies in the DIETSCAN Project. Cancer Causes Control 2005;16:725-33
  • Byham-Gray L, Gilbride JA, Dixon LB, Shaw FS. Evidence-based practice: what are dietitians' perceptions, attitudes, and knowledge? J Am Diet Assoc 2005;105:1574-81
  • Dixon et al. Calcium and dairy intake and measures of obesity in hyper- and normocholesterolemic children. Obes Res 2005;13:1727-38
  • Babbar RK, Handa AB, Lo CM, Guttmacher SJ, Shindeldecker R, Chung W, Fong C, Ho-Asjoe H, Chan-Ting R, Dixon LB. Bone health of immigrant Chinese women living in New York City. J Comm Health, in press (to be published in the February 2006 issue)


  • PUHE-GE 2213 - Nutrition in Public Health
  • FOOD-GE 2190 - Research Methods
  • NUTR-GE 2192 - Nutritional Epidemiology
  • NUTR-GE 2178 - Nutrition Assessment Methods
  • NUTR-GE 2042 - Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • NUTR-GE 2281 - Landmark Nutrition Studies and Applications
  • PUHE-GE 2319 - Writing Grants and Funding Proposals

Research Interests

  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutritional Epidemiology (dietary patterns and cancer, CVD, bone health)
  • Dietary Assessment Methods
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition