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Dr. Helen Smiciklas-Wright, PhD


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1969

Penn State University
124 Chandlee Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-2913
Fax: 814-865-5870

Courses Taught

  • NUTR 358 Assessment Of Nutritional Status
  • NUTR 490 Nutrition Seminar
  • NUTR 512 Nutrition and Aging
  • NUTR 597B Issues In Applied Nutrition

Research Interests

  • Dr. Wright's primary research is in geriatric nutrition. She is co-investigator on a longitudinal study of nutrition status and health outcomes of rural older adults. She has ongoing research on validation of methods to assess dietary intake.


  • Ledikwe JH, Smiciklas-Wright H, Mitchell DC, Miller C, Jensen GL. Dietary patterns of rural older adults are associated with weight and nutritional status. J Am Geriatrics Society, 52:589-595, 2004.
  • Bailey R, Smiciklas-Wright H, Ledikwe J, Mitchell DC. Persistent oral health problems associated with comordbidity and impaired diet quality in older adults. J Amer Diet Assoc, 104:1273-1276, 2004.
  • Lancaster KJ, Smiciklas-Wright H, Ahern F, Jensen G, and Heller D. Dehydration in black and white older adults using diuretics. Amer J of Epidemiology, 13:525-529, 2003.
  • Smiciklas- Wright H, Mitchell DC, Mickle, SJ, Goldman JD, Cook A. Foods commonly eaten in the United States, 1989-1991 and 1994-1996: Are portion sizes changing? J Amer Diet Assoc. 103: 41-47, 2003.