University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology
Shiriki Kumanyika, Ph.D., M.P.H., is emeritus professor of epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine. She has an interdisciplinary background and holds advanced degrees in social work, nutrition, and public health. During her tenure on the Penn Medicine faculty, Dr. Kumanyika also served as the Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, held a secondary appointment as Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Gastroenterology, Nutrition Section), and was affiliated with numerous Penn institutes and centers. She was the Founding Director of Penn's interdisciplinary, multi-school Master of Public Health program.
Dr. Kumanyika's research focuses on identifying effective strategies to reduce nutrition-related chronic disease risks, with a particular focus on achieving health equity for black Americans. She has led or collaborated on single- or multi-center randomized clinical trials or observational studies related to obesity, salt intake and other aspects of diet. Several of these studies have evaluated interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity in African American children or adults in clinical or community-based settings.
In 2002, Dr. Kumanyika founded and continues to chair the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, a national network that seeks to improve the quantity, quality and effective translation of research on weight issues in African American communities. She has extensive experience in advisory roles related to public health and nutrition policy in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Kumanyika is a member of the Institute of Medicine and is President of the American Public Health Association for 2015.