Marie Spiker

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences



PhD Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins University, 2019
RDN Johns Hopkins University, 2014
BS Public Health, University of Washington, 2011
BA Anthropology, University of Washington, 2011



Box 353410
Nutritional Sciences Program
Raitt Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
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What would it look like to equitably nourish a growing global population? More importantly, how do we get there – which inputs have more leverage within complex systems, and what evidence do decision-makers need in order to support public health? Dr. Marie Spiker approaches public health nutrition research through a food systems lens that recognizes the need for transdisciplinary and multisectoral collaboration. She draws from training in quantitative and qualitative methods and systems science, as well as her training as a registered dietitian nutritionist. Her professional practice experience includes work with municipal food policy and capacity building within the profession of nutrition and dietetics.

Research Interests

  • Public health nutrition
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Food loss and waste
  • Value chains for nutrition
  • Systems modeling of food supply chains
  • Capacity building within nutrition and dietetics

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Food security and food access during the COVID-19 pandemic: Impacts, adaptations, and looking ahead.
(2023 Feb)
JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 47 Suppl 1(): S11-S15
Otten JJ, Averill MM, Spiker ML

Sustainable food systems and diets in dietetic training standards: an international content analysis.
(2022 Dec 1)
J Hum Nutr Diet
Higgins M, Strother H, Burkhart S, Carlsson L, Meyer NL, Spiker M, Wegener J

Insights from Washington State's COVID-19 Response: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of WIC Remote Services and Expanded Food Options Using the RE-AIM Framework.
(2022 Dec)
J Acad Nutr Diet 122(12): 2228-2242.e7
Morris EJ, Quinn EL, Rose CM, Spiker M, O'Leary J, Otten JJ

Leveraging Online Learning to Promote Systems Thinking for Sustainable Food Systems Training in Dietetics Education.
Front Nutr 8(): 623336
Spiker M, Hege A, Giddens J, Cummings J, Steinmetz J, Tagtow A, Bergquist E, Burns L, Campbell C, Stadler D, Combs E, Prange N, Schwartz A, Brown K, Sauer K

Integration of a Sustainable Food Systems Curriculum in Nutrition and Dietetics Education: Assessment from the First Year of Implementation.
(2021 Dec)
J Acad Nutr Diet 121(12): 2536-2548
Hege A, Giddens J, Bergquist E, Stadler D, Gayer Campbell C, Cummings J, Goetze A, Steinmetz J, Combs E, Schwartz A, Prange N, Brown K, Sauer K, Spiker M

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