Heather Eicher-Miller

Educational Background

  • B.A., Psychology at Bluffton University in 1998
  • M.S., Nutrition Science at Purdue University in 2006
  • Ph.D., Nutrition Science at Purdue University in 2009
  • Post-Doc, Nutrition Science at Purdue University in 2012

Dissertation Title

The association of food insecurity to health and dietary outcomes in U.S. children


The research in Dr. Eicher-Miller's laboratory is focused on identifying health and nutrition disparities among food-insecure and low-resource populations to inform interventions that will improve food insecurity and health in these populations. Diverse approaches are used in the Eicher-Miller laboratory. Large, complex, representative datasets such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey are valuable for discovering associations of diet to health and to determining dietary patterns of intake representative of specified US populations. Community based studies are undertaken to investigate the effects of nutrition education, program, and policy interventions on food security, diet, and overall health. Engaging with communities in participatory research can inform the translation of discovery to maximize intervention impacts.

Discovery Publications

  • Eicher-Miller H.A., Zhao Y. (2018)  Evidence for the age specific relationship of food insecurity and key dietary outcomes among U.S. children and adolescents. Nutrition Research Reviews. Jan [Epub ahead of print] https://doi.org/10.1017/s0954422417000245.
  • Rivera R., Dunne J., Maulding M.K., Wang Q., Savaiano D.A., Nickols-Richardson S.M., Eicher-Miller H.A. (2017) Exploring the association of urban or rural county status and environmental, nutrition- and lifestyle-related resources with the efficacy of SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education) to improve food security. Public Health Nutrition. Dec 4 [Epub ahead of print] PMID 29199629.
  • Cantu-Jungles T., McCormack L.A., Slaven J.E., Slebodnik M., Eicher-Miller H.A. (2017) A meta-analysis to determine the impact of restaurant menu labeling on calories and nutrients (ordered or consumed) in U.S. Adults.  Nutrients. Sep 30;9(10). Pii:E1088. PMID:28973989.
  • Byrd K., Almanza B., Ghiselli R.F., Behnke C., Eicher-Miller H.A. (2017) Reported action to decrease sodium intake is associated with dining out frequency and use of menu nutrition information among US adults. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Aug 3 [Epub ahead of print] PMID:28780237.
  • Eicher-Miller H.A., Boushey C.J. (2017) How often and how much? Differences in dietary intake by frequency and energy contribution vary among U.S. adults in NHANES 2007–2012. Nutrients. 9(1).pii:E86. PMCID: PMC5295130.
  • Rivera R.L., Maulding M.K., Abbott A.R., Craig B., Eicher-Miller H.A. (2016) SNAP-Ed improves long-term food security among Indiana households with children. Journal of Nutrition. 146(11):2375-82. PubMed PMID: 27683869.
  • Khanna, N., Eicher-Miller, H.A., Boushey, C.J., Glefand, S.B., and Delp E.J. (2011) Temporal dietary patterns using kernel k-means clustering. Proceedings IEEE - the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM) 375-380.
  • Eicher-Miller, H.A., Mason, A.C., Weaver, C.M., McCabe, G.P., and Boushey, C.J. (2011) Food insecurity is associated with diet and bone mass disparities in early adolescent males but not females in the United States. J Nutr. 111:1-8.
  • Eicher-Miller, H.A., Mason, A.C., Abbott, A.R., McCabe, G.P., and Boushey, C.J. (2009) The effect of Food Stamp Nutrition Education on the food insecurity of low-income women participants. JNEB. 41:161-168.
  • Eicher-Miller, H.A., Mason, A.C., Weaver, C.M., McCabe, G.P., and Boushey CJ. (2009) Food insecurity is associated with iron deficiency anemia in US adolescents. Am J Clin Nutr. 90:1358-71.
  • Eicher-Miller H.A., Fulgoni V.L., Keast D.R.  Contributions of processed foods to dietary intakes in the US from 2003-2008:  A report of the Food and Nutrition Science Solutions Joint Task Force of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society for Nutrition, Institute of Food Technologists, and International Food Information Council.  J Nutr 2012; 142(11):2065S-2072S.
  • Park C.Y., Eicher-Miller H.A.  Food insecurity is associated with iron deficiency in pregnant women:  NHANES 1999-2008; J Acad Nutr Diet 2014; 114(12):1967-73. 
  • Eicher-Miller H.A., Fulgoni V.L., Keast D.R.  Energy and nutrient intakes from processed    foods differ by sex, income status, and race/ethnicity of US adults. J Acad Nutr Diet 2015; Jun;115(6): 907-18.
  • Eicher-Miller H.A., Fulgoni V., Keast D.R. Processed food contributions to energy and nutrient intake differ among US children by race/ethnicity. Nutrients. 2015 Dec 2;7(12):10076-88. doi: 10.3390/nu7125503.
  • Eicher-Miller H.A., Khanna N., Boushey C.J., Gelfand S.B., Delp E.J. Temporal dietary patterns derived among the adult participants of NHANES 1999-2004 are associated with diet quality. J Acad Nutr Diet 2016 Feb;116(2):283-91. 
  • Bailey R.L., Looker A.C., Lu Z., Fan R., Eicher-Miller H.A., Fakhouri T.H., Gahche J.J., Weaver C.M., Mills J.M. B-vitamins and bone mineral density and risk of lumbar osteoporosis in older females in the U.S. Am J Clin Nutr 2015 Jul 29. Pii: ajcn 108787. [Epub ahead of print], In press.

Heather Eicher-Miller

Associate Professor

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