Marian L. Neuhouser

Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology



PhD Nutritional Science, University of Washington, 1996
BSc Community Nutrition, University of California (Davis), 1980



Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Office M4-B402
Box 358080
Cancer Prevention Program
Division of Public Health Sciences
1100 Fairview Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
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Dr. Neuhouser received her BS in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis and completed graduate work culminating with the PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Washington in 1996. For over 20 years she has conducted both clinical trials and observational studies on the relationship of lifestyle factors, such as nutrition, energy balance and physical activity and cancer risk and cancer survivorship. Dr. Neuhouser is currently Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several NIH-funded grants and contracts. She has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and a dozen book chapters related to dietary assessment methods, diet and health and cancer prevention. Dr. Neuhouser is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Society for Preventive Oncology and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). She was ASN President from 2016-17.

Research Interests

My overall goals are to investigate the role of lifestyle factors, including diet, physical activity and energy balance, in the etiology and prevention of cancer. To meet these goals, my research portfolio includes a variety of observational and intervention studies focused on: 1) improving methods for dietary and physical activity assessment; 2) understanding the extent to which diet and physical activity patterns influence intermediate endpoints or biomarkers that may be on the causal pathway to cancer and; 3) investigating whether adoption or maintenance of specific lifestyle habits will decrease risk of cancer incidence, cancer recurrence or cancer-specific mortality. I focus particularly on breast and prostate cancer.