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

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