Dr Alissa Pries

Research Fellow

United Kingdom

I am a public health nutrition researcher, with experience in designing and implementing studies to improve children’s nutrition across the South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Africa regions. My research focuses on two strands: theory-based intervention design and assessment of the commercial determinants of health and nutrition. I bring state of the art expertise in measurement and metrics for diet quality and am keenly interested in evidence-generation and advocacy to strengthen global policy for child diets.


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


• Nutrition Program Planning, MSc Global Nutrition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (April 2016, April 2018, April 2019, April 2021, April 2022, April 2023)
‒ Provided lecture on INGO and UN nutrition programming, including organization of 6 guest lecturers from various institutions (2021 – 2023)
‒ Provided lecture on nutrition-sensitive agriculture programming (2026, 2018, 2019)
• Fundamentals of Public Health Nutrition, MSc Global Nutrition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (December 2017, December 2018, November 2021, November 2022, November 2023)
‒ Provided lecture on dietary assessment methods (2021 – 2023)
‒ Provided lecture on doctoral research regarding commercial determinants of health (2017-2018)

• 1st marker Fundamentals of Public Health Nutrition (2023)
• 2nd marker Nutrition in Emergencies (2022)
• 2nd marker Maternal and Child Nutrition (2016)

Selected Publications

The COMMIT Initiative – improving commercial complementary foods in the Southeast Asia region
First foods in a packaged world: Results from the COMMIT consortium to protect young child diets in Southeast Asia.
Blankenship, JL; White, JM; PRIES, A; Badham, J; Betigeri, A; Cade, J; Cashin, J; Cosenza, L; Drummond, E; Mulder, A; Nasser, N; Nguyen, T; Singhkumarwong, A; Sweet, L; Threpleton, D; Vu, D; Zehner, E; Kupka, R;
Maternal & child nutrition
Health first, convenience second: Caregiver perspectives of commercially produced complementary foods in five Southeast Asian capital cities.
WALLS, H; PRIES, A; Chotivichien, S; Huynh, P; Fahmida, U; Blankenship, J;
Maternal & child nutrition
Considerations for implementation of the WHO Guideline on complementary feeding
Consortium for Improving Complementary Foods in Southeast Asia (COMMIT): considerations for West and Central Africa
High unhealthy food and beverage consumption is associated with poor diet quality among 12-35-month-olds in Guédiawaye Department, Senegal.
Vanderkooy, A; FERGUSON, EL; Sy, NY; Kane, R; Diagne, M; Mbodji, A; PRIES, AM;
Frontiers in nutrition
Development of implementation guidance on complementary feeding
PRIES, A; Bassetti, E;
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