Deanna Olney is a Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division. At IFPRI, she studies the impact of two large scale integrated food and nutrition programs in Burundi and Guatemala on maternal and child health and nutrition. In addition, she works with Helen Keller International to evaluate their Homestead Food Production Programs in Cambodia and Burkina Faso. Before joining IFPRI in January 2009, she worked as a consultant for IFPRI and prior to that at the USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, CA. In addition to evaluating the impact of programs on maternal and child health and nutrition outcomes, she investigates the implementation and uptake of these programs. The goal of these investigations is to optimize program delivery and uptake and to better understand the results of the impact evaluations associated with these programs. Deanna has also conducted research on the effects of micronutrient supplementation on children’s health and development.
Deanna has a PhD in Nutritional Biology from the University of California, Davis and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.