Douglas Taren, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair, Public Health

Mel and Enid Zuckerman Public Health Offices,
2231 E. Speedway, P.O. Box 245163, Tucson, AZ 85724

(520) 321-7777 x17
Email Address:

Fax: (520) 321-7754

  • Cornell University, 1986 (Ph.D.)
Honors & Awards: 
  • American Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Manuscript Award
  • Delta Omega, Public Health Honorary Society


Major Areas of Research Interest: 
  • Maternal and child nutrition-International nutrition
  • Dietary assessment methodology
  • Micronutrient deficiencies
  • Breastfeeding
  • Development and validation of dietary assessment method
  • Psychological factors associated with misreporting dietary intake information.
Selected Publications: 

Sankaranarayanan S. Suarez M. Taren D. Genaro-Wolf D. Duncan B. Shrestha K. Shrestha N. Rosales FJ. The concentration of free holo-retinol binding protein is higher in vitamin A-sufficient than in deficient Nepalese women in late pregnancy. Journal of Nutrition. 135(12):2817-22, 2005.

Taren D. Dwyer J. Freedman L. Solomons NW. Dietary assessment methods: where do we go from here?. Public Health Nutrition. 5(6A):1001-3, 2002.

Shrestha AK. Duncan B. Taren D. Canfield LM. Greivenkamp JE. Shrestha N. Shrestha KK. A new, simple, inexpensive means of testing functional vitamin A status: the night vision threshold test (NVTT). A preliminary field-test report. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics. 46(6):352-6, 2000.

Thomson CA. Taren D. Koff N. Marian M. Canfield L. Bassford T. Ritenbaugh C. An integrated nutrition curriculum in medical education. Journal of Cancer Education. 15(3):127-9, 2000.

Student Opportunities Through Research: 
  • Conduct dietary assessments of various populations
  • Measure nutritional determinants of health and nutritional status under various disease states
Sponsored Research Through MSRP: 

Stephanie Costa Byrum (MSRP 1998): "How does dietary reporting bias relate to self-reported physical activity levels."

NIH K-12 Science Teacher Program: 

-Emilio Bustamante, John B. Wright Elementary, 2001

Last Updated: 
November 18, 2015