U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Margaret McDowell

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-594-8824
Email: mcdowellma@mail.nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Health StatisticianU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1988-2009
  • NutritionistU.S. Food and Drug Administration1980-1988
  • Ph.D.University of Maryland School of Public Health2008
  • M.P.H.University of North Carolina School of Public Health1976-1978

Margaret McDowell, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.

Nutrition Researcher, NIH Division of Nutrition Research Coordination

Current Responsibilities and Activities

My duties are focused in the areas of dietary guidance communication and health promotion.  I chair the NIH Nutrition Education Subcommittee, a trans-NIH group that conducts dietary guidance reviews of federal nutrition education and dietary guidance materials.  Additionally, I coordinate trans-NIH reviews of federal scientific reports and draft nutrition policy documents.  I represent the NIH at interagency meetings involving nutrition research and dietary guidance communication and I am an HHS representative and member of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Management Team. ​

Current Committee Memberships

  • 2015 Dietary Guidelines Management TeamHHS Representative
  • NIH Prevention Research Coordinating CommitteeAlternate DNRC Representative
  • NIH Nutrition Education SubcommitteeChair
  • NIH Health and Wellness CommitteeAlternate NIDDK Representative
  • National Food and Nutrient Analysis ProgramDNRC Representative
  • HHS Nutrition Policy Board Committee on Dietary GuidanceMember