Chessa Lutter

United States Senior Nutrition Researcher RTI International

Dr. Chessa Lutter is a Senior Nutrition Researcher and Senior Fellow at RTI International and Visiting Research Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Through more than 30 years working globally in maternal and child nutrition across multilateral, academic and non-governmental institutions, Dr. Lutter’s research, policy and program expertise have helped shape the public dialogue around breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and prevention of child undernutrition and obesity. Prior to joining RTI, Dr Lutter served for nearly 20 years as Senior Nutrition Advisor for the Pan American Health Organization, regional office of the World Health Organization for the Americas, where she worked with ministries of health throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to develop, implement and evaluate nutrition policies and programs. Dr Lutter is a member of the American Society of Nutrition, Global Nutrition Council, and the Society for Implementation Science. She serves on the editorial board of Maternal & Child Nutrition and the technical advisory group for UNICEF’s Global Database on Infant and Young Child Feeding. Dr. Lutter holds a bachelor of science (BS) degree from the University of California at Berkeley and master of science (MS) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees from Cornell University.

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