Alumni Spotlight: Heather Wasser, PhD, MPH, RD, IBCLC

Heather Wasser received her Master’s in Public Health (2003) and Doctor of Philosophy
(2012) from the Department of Nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a graduate of the 2010 MRT-TI cohort.

Nurse midwives illustrating breastfeeding education at a growth monitoring site in Indonesia

Nurse midwives illustrating breastfeeding education at a growth monitoring site in Indonesia

During her doctoral studies, she worked closely with Dr. Peggy Bentley, her advisor and dissertation chair, to publish several manuscripts highlighting the importance of infant temperament and the influence of non-maternal caregivers, such as fathers, grandmothers and child care providers, on breastfeeding and the developing diets of infants and toddlers.

Currently, she is the project director for an R01 efficacy trial titled “Mothers and Others: Family-based Obesity Prevention for Infants and Toddlers,” with Dr. Peggy Bentley (see previous page).

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