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


Dr. Eicher-Miller’s research is focused on food insecurity which affects 12% of U.S. households and creates uncertainty regarding the availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.  Her work has documented immediate and chronic adverse dietary and health outcomes associated with food insecurity among diverse populations.  Her efforts to evaluate and create evidence-based interventions, programs, and policies has reduced food insecurity and improved access to resources which enhance health.  She has also developed novel analytical and methodological techniques, including temporal dietary patterning, to more effectively quantify and evaluate the relationship between food insecurity, diet, and health. 

Discovery Publications

  • Bailey RL, Dodd KW, Gahche JJ, Dwyer JT, Cowan AE, Jun S, Eicher-Miller HA, Guenther PM, Bhadra A, Thomas PR, Potischman N, Carroll R, Tooze JM. Best practices for total usual nutrient intakes for population-level research and monitoring. Journal of Nutrition. 2019; Doi: 10.1093/jn/nxy264. PMID: 30753685. [epub ahead of print].
  • Wright BN, Wellnitz A, MacDermid Wadsworth S, Eicher-Miller HA.  Reaching Rural Veterans: A new mechanism to connect rural, low-income U.S. Veterans with resources and improve food security. Journal of Public Health. 2018; Doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy203. PMID: 30452669. [Epub ahead of print]. 
  • Nikolaus CJ, Schierer M, Ellison B, Eicher-Miller HA, Gundersen C, Nickols-Richardson SM. Grit is associated with food security among U.S. parents and adolescents. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2019; 43(1):207-218. Doi:10.5993/AJHB.43.1.17. PMID:30522578.
  • Park YM, Kwock CK, Park C, Eicher-Miller HA, Yang YJ. Urinary sodium-potassium ratio is positively associated with insulin resistance among Korean adults. Nutrition Research and Practice. 2018;12(5):443-448. Doi:10.4162/nrp.2018.12.5.443. PMID:30323912.
  • Remley D, Franzen-Castle L, McCormack L, Eicher-Miller HA. Chronic health condition influences on client perceptions of limited or non-choice food pantries in poor, rural communities. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2019;43(1):105-118. Doi.10.5993/AJHB.43.1.9.  PMID:30522570
  • Jun S, Cowan AE, Tooze JA, Gahche JJ, Dwyer JT, Eicher-Miller HA, Bhadra A, Guenther PM, Potischman N, Dodd KW, Bailey RL. Dietary supplement use among U.S. children by household income, food security level, and nutrition assistance program participation status, 2011-2014. Nutrients. 2018; Sep 1;10(9). Pii:E1212. Doi:10.3390/nu10091212. PMID:30200511.
  • Stluka S, Moore L, Eicher-Miller HA, Franzen-Castle L, Henne B, Mehrle D, Remley D, McCormack L. Methodologies for implementing a multi-state community-based intervention in rural, high poverty communities. BMC Public Health. 2018;18(1):1055. Doi:10.1186/s12889-018-5957-9. PMID: 30139336
  • Cowan AE, Jun S, Gahche JJ, Tooze JA, Dwyer JT, Eicher-Miller HA, Bhadra A, Guenther PM, Pitischman N, Dodd KW, Bailey RL. Dietary supplement use differs by socioeconomic and health-related characteristics among U.S. Adults, NHANES 2011-2014. Nutrients. 2018; Aug 17:10(8).pii:E1114.  Doi: 10.3390/nu10081114. PMID 30126136.
  • Jun S, Catellier DJ, Eldridge AL, Dwyer JT, Eicher-Miller HA, Bailey RL. Usual nutrient intakes from the diets of US children by WIC participation and income: Findings from the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) 2016. Journal of Nutrition. 2018; 148(9S):1567S-1574S. doi:10.1093/jn/nxy059. PMID:29878136.
  • Wright BN, Bailey RL, Craig BA, Mattes RD, McCormack L, Stluka S, Franzen-Castle L, Henne B, Mehrle D, Remley D, Eicher-Miller HA.  Daily dietary intake patterns improve after visiting a food pantry among food insecure rural Midwestern adults. Nutrients. 2018; 10(5).pii:E583. Doi:10.3390/nu10050583. PMID: 29747384.
  • Jun S, Thuppal SV, Maulding MK, Eicher-Miller HA, Savaiano DA, Bailey RL. Poor dietary guidelines compliance among low-income women eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed). Nutrients. 2018; Mar 8;10(3).pii:E327. Doi: 10.3390/nu10030327. PMID:29518042.
  • Byrd K, Almanza B, Ghiselli R, Behnke C, Eicher-Miller HA. Adding sodium information to casual dining restaurant menus: Beneficial or detrimental for consumers? Appetite. 2018;125:474-485. Doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2018.02.025. PMID 29501682.
  • Eicher-Miller HA, Zhao Y.  Evidence for the age specific relationship of food insecurity and key dietary outcomes among U.S. children and adolescents. Nutrition Research Reviews. 2018;31(1):98-113. Doi:1017/S0954422417000245. PMID 29318982.
  • Rivera R, Dunne J, Maulding MK, Wang Q, Savaiano DA, Nickols-Richardson SM, Eicher-Miller HA.  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. 2018; 21(5):957-966. Doi: 10.1017/S1368980017003391. 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 RF, Behnke C, Eicher-Miller HA. 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. 2018; 118(5):824-835. Doi: 10.1016/j/jand.2017.06.06012. 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 RL, Looker AC, Lu Z, Fan R, Eicher-Miller HA, Fakhouri TH, Gahche JJ, Weaver CM, Mills JM. B-vitamins and bone mineral density and risk of lumbar osteoporosis in older females in the U.S. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2015;102(3):687-94. Doi: 10.3945/ajcn.115.108787. PMID: 26224297.

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