Douglas Taren, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition

​12631 East 17th Avenue, Mail Stop F561Douglas Taren
Academic Office 1, RM 2608
Aurora, Colorado 80045

Work Phone: 303-724-9634

Curriculum Vita


Bachelor of Science, University of Arizona.  Major:  Microbiology; Minor: Math/Chemistry

Master of Science, University of Arizona. Major: Nutritional Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University.  Major:  International Nutrition.  Minors:  Rural/Developmental Sociology and Parasitology

Research Interests:

I am interested in domestic and global food security issues, local food systems, clinical and public health approaches to child weight management, the evaluation of humanitarian food aid programs, and dietary interventions.  My recent projects have included evaluating the impact of solar market gardens for small landowners that use solar-powered drip irrigation on health outcomes, the interaction between food safety and nutrition and how food systems impact the development of risk factors for type 2 diabetes in children.

Current Projects Include:

Nutrition and acanthosis nigricans over a two-year period in young children of the Pacific Region, the Children’s Healthy Living Program, University of Hawaii

Ecosystem Services: An Analysis of Natures Framework to Scale Food Systems Resilience. Arizona institute for Resiliency.

Evaluation of Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Long COVID and Fatiguing Illness Recovery Program, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Advance Nursing Education, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. Health Resources and Services Administration


Taren D, de Pee S.  The Spectrum of Malnutrition. In Nutrition and Health in a Developing World, 3rd Edition. Editors: De Pee, Taren and Bloem.  Humana Press, 2017.

Taren D, Lutter C. The Role of Breastfeeding Protection, Promotion and Support in a Developing World. In Nutrition and Health in a Developing World, 3rd Edition. Editors: De Pee, Taren and Bloem. Humana Press, 2017.

Harrison C and Taren D. How poverty and diet shape the microbiota and immune health to determine susceptibility to chronic metabolic diseases. Nature Reviews Immunology November 7, 2017 doi: 10.1038/nri.2017.121.

Alaofè H., Burney J., Naylor R., Taren D.  (2019). The impact of a Solar Market Garden programme on dietary diversity, women's nutritional status and micronutrient levels in Kalalé district of northern Benin. Public Health Nutrition 22(14): 2670-2681.

Asaolu I, Nuno V, Ernst K, Taren, D, Ehiri, J. (2019) Healthcare system indicators associated with modern contraceptive use in Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria: evidence from the Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 data. Reproductive Health 16(1): 152.

Hunter CM, McMullen S, Edens C, Baddour LJ, McKeever J, Reynolds KA, Taren DL. (2019) Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease Through a New Learning Opportunity: A Training on Legionella Water Management Programs. Journal of Environmental Health 82(3):44-46.

Brooks AJ, Chen M-K, Goldblatt E, Klatt M, Kligler B, Koithan MS, Kreitzer MJ, Lee JK, Lopez AM, Maizes V, Sandvold I, Taren D, Lebensohn P. (2019). Introducing integrative primary health care to an interprofessional audience: Feasibility and impact of an asynchronous online course. Explore 12, DOI: 10.1016/j.explore.2019.08.002.

Short E, Kohler LN, Taren D, Gonzalez R, Roe DJ, Hingle M. (2021).  Diet Quality Following Food Pantry Visit Differs by Ethnicity, Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2020.1860849.

Chebet, J.J., Ehiri, J.E., McClelland, D.J. Taren D, Hakim H. Effect of d-limonene and its derivatives on breast cancer in human trials: a scoping review and narrative synthesis. BMC Cancer 21, 902 (2021).

Varyvoda V, Cederstrom T, Borberg J, and Taren D. (2021). Enabling Food Safety Entrepreneurship: exploratory case studies from Nepal, Senegal and Ethiopia.  Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 27 September 2021

Okusanya B, Kimaru LJ, Mantina M, Gerald LB, Pettygrove S, Taren D, Ehiri J.  Interventions to increase early infant diagnosis of HIV infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLOSOne (In Press).

Taren, D. & Varyvoda, Y. Technical input from Lauretti-Bernhard, R. and Eason, J. (2021). Food Safety and Nutrition: Feedback from the Field. A report produced for Feed the Future Business Drivers for Food Safety, funded by USAID, and implemented by Food Enterprise Solutions. Arlington, Virginia, USA.

Additional Publication on PubMed.

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