Judith S. Stern, Sc.D., R.D.

Judith Stern

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Department of Nutrition

3150C Meyer Hall | Lab: 3426 Meyer Hall
  • B.S., Food & Nutrition, Cornell University
  • Sc.D. and R.D., Nutrition, Harvard University School of Public Health
Research Interests

Judith S. Stern, Sc.D., is a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Departments of Nutrition and Internal Medicine/Division of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of California, Davis (UCD).

An expert on diet and nutrition, Dr. Stern has published extensively on topics such obesity, exercise, and dietary supplements. Dr. Stern has published over 275 research papers in professional journals and over 150 articles in popular magazines such as Vogue. She was an Editorial Advisor to Prevention Magazine.

Dr. Stern received her bachelor's degree in Foods and Nutrition from Cornell University and her doctor of science degree in nutrition from the Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston. In 1969, she became a Research Associate at The Rockefeller University in the Department of Human Behavior and Metabolism and was subsequently promoted to Assistant Professor. She joined UCD in 1975 as an Assistant Professor. She is currently a Distinguished Professor in both the College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences and the School of Medicine.

Dr. Stern is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); American Diabetes Association; American Dietetic Association; American Heart Association (AHA); American Obesity Association (co-founder and Vice-President, 1995-2006, now merged with The Obesity Society - TOS); American Society for Clinical Nutrition (now merged with American Nutrition Society), where she was President (4/96 to 4/97); She chaired a committee on setting criteria for evaluation of obesity treatment programs for the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (Weighing The Options, NAS Press, 1995).

Dr. Stern has received numerous awards. In 1995 she was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. UC D recognized her public service (Award for Distinguished Public Service,1995). The California Dietetic Association gave her an award for excellence in research (1996). In 2001 she received the Charles A. Black Award from the Council on Agriculture Science and Technology. In 2004, she received the Secretary Honors Award from USDA. TOS created the Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service (2006). She is a Fellow in AHA and AAAS.

Along with Dr. Richard L. Atkinson she was founder of The American Obesity Association, a lay advocacy organization dedicated to advancing understanding of the disease of obesity, where she also served as Vice President (1995-2006). AOA merged with TOS in 2006.

When quoted in the popular press, she gives two pieces of advice: "Eat dessert first" and "Chocolate should be an honorary vitamin."

Selected Publications
(selected from over 270 publications)

Warden CH, Bettaieb A, Min E, Fisler JS, Haj FG, Stern JS. Chow fed UC Davis strain female Lepr fatty Zucker rats exhibit mild glucose intolerance, hypertriglyceridemia, and increased urine volume, all reduced by a Brown Norway strain chromosome 1 congenic donor region. PLoS One. 2017 Dec 6;12 (12):e0188175. [PubMed]

Kyoungmi Kim, Craig Warden, Stephen Griffey, Jose Vilches-Moure, Susan Hansen, Edwin Cuppen, Isaac Nijman, Sally Chiu, and Judith Stern. 2010. Genes unlinked to the leptin receptor influence urinary albumin excretion in obese Zucker rats. Physiological Genomics. In Press. 2010. [PubMed]

Kazaks AG, Stern JS. 2010. Strategies to Reduce Calories in Food. In:  Handbook of Obesity: Clinical Applications, 3e Editors: GA Bray, C Bouchard, in press.

Bersamin A, Luick BR, Stern JS, Zidenberg-Cherr S. 2010. Effects of a Westernizing diet on fat intake, red blood cell fatty acid composition and health in remote Alaska Native Communities: the CANHR study, in press. [PubMed]

Stern JS, Kazaks AG. 2009. Obesity: A Reference Handbook, ABC CLIO Publishing, pp.323.

Bersamin A, Luick B, Ruppert E, Stern JS, Zidenberg-Cherr S.2009. Diet quality among Yup’ik Eskimos living in rural communities is low: the Center for Alaska Native Health Research pilot study. J Amer Dietetic Asscn. 106: 1055-1063. [PubMed]

Bersamin A, Luick BR, King OB, Stern KS. Zidenberg-Cherr S. 2008. Westernizing diets influence fat intake, red blood cell fatty acid composition, and health in remote Alaskan Native communities in the center for Alaska Native health study. J Am Diet Assoc. 108:266-73. [PubMed]

Bersamin A, Zidenberg-Cherr S, Stern JS, Luick BR. 2007. Nutrient intakes are associated with adherence to a traditional diet among Yup’ik Eskimos living in remote Alaska Native communities: the CANHR Study. Circumpolar Health. 66: 62.70. [PubMed]

Kazaks AG, Stern JS. 2007, California Agriculture, Overweight and obesity are associated with decreased magnesium intake in people with asthma.California Agriculture; 61:119-23, July-September.

Bersamin A, Zidenberg-Cherr S, Stern JS, Luick BR. 2007. Nutrient intakes are associated with adherence to a traditional diet among Yup’ik Eskimos living in remote Alaska native communities: The CANHR Study. Intl J Circumpolar Health 66:62-70. [PubMed]

Stern JS. 2007. No dietary supplement will result in weight loss. American Diabetes Association DOC News, March, p. 3.

Kazaks AG, Uriu Adams JY, Albertson TE, Stern JS. 2006. Multiple measures of magnesium status are comparable in mild asthma and control subjects. Journal of Asthma. 43:783-8. [PubMed]

Bersamin A, Luick B, Michael W, Stern JS, Zidenberg-Cherr S. 2006. Diet quality among Yup'ik  Eskimos living in rural communities is low: the Center for Alaska Native Health Research pilot study:  J Am Diet Asscn. 106:1055-1063. [PubMed]

Kazaks A, Uriu-Adams JY, Stern JS, Albertson TE. 2005. No significant relationship between exhaled nitric oxide and body mass index in people with asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 116:929-30.

Stern JS, Kazaks A, Downey M.  2005. Future Implications of Reimbursement for Obesity Treatment, J Am. Dietetic Asscn (Supplement), 105:S104-S109. [PubMed]

Bacon L, Stern JS. 2005. Size acceptance and intuitive eating improves health for obese female chronic dieters.  J Am. Dietetic Asscn, 105:929-936. [PubMed]

Gades MD, Stern JS. 2005. Chitosan supplementation and fat absorption in men and women, J Am. Dietetic Asscn., 105:72-77. [PubMed]

Freedman MR, Stern JS. 2004. The role of optimal healing environments in the management of childhood obesity. J Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 10(Supplement 1):S231-S244. [PubMed]

Chiu S, Fisler JS, Espinal GM, Havel PJ, Stern JS, Warden CH. 2004. The Yellow agouti mutation alters some but not all responses to diet and exercise.  Running title: Diet restriction and exercise on obese mice.  Obesity Research, 12:1243-55. [PubMed]

Kazaks A, Stern JS. 2004. Treatment Alternatives: Diet, Physical Activity, and Behavior. In: Pharmacotherapy of Obesity: Options and Alternatives, Hofbauer KG, CRC Press, Boca Raton.

Bacon L, Stern JS, Keim NL, Loan MV. 2004. Low Bone Mass in Premenopausal Chronic Dieting Obese Women. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  58:966-971. [PubMed]

 Downey M, Stern JS. 2003. The importance of being earnest. Lancet. 362:S42-3 [PubMed]

Kazaks A, Stern JS. 2003. Obesity: How do we get fat: food intake. In. Primary Care, Clinics in Office Practice: Obesity, Ed. GA Bray, Elsevier Science, Philadelphia 30:301-316.

Gades MD, Stern JS. 2003. Chitosan Supplementation and Fecal Fat Excretion in Men. Obesity Research 11:683-688. [PubMed]

Bacon L, Keim NL, VanLoan M, Stern JS.  2002.  Evaluating a “Non-diet” Wellness Intervention for Improvement of Psychological Well-Being and Eating Behaviors.  Int J Obesity 26:854-865. [PubMed]

Gades MD, Stern JS. 2002. Chitosan supplementation does not affect fat absorption in healthy males fed a high fat diet, a pilot study.  Int J Obesity 26:119-122. [PubMed]

Stevenson FT, Wheeldon CM, Gades MD, Van Goor H, Stern JS. 2001. Hyperphagia as a mediator of renal disease initiation in the obese Zucker rat. Obesity Research 9: 492-499. [PubMed]

Stern, JS, Gades MD, Wheeldon CM, Borchers AT. 2001. Calorie restriction in obesity: prevention of kidney disease in rodents. J. Nutrition 131:913S-917S. [PubMed]

Miller GD; Dimond AG; Stern JS.  2000.  The effect of repeated episodes of dietary restriction and refeeding on systolic blood pressure and food intake in exercise-trained normotensive rats.
Obesity Research 8:324-336. [PubMed]

Borchers AT, Keen CL, Stern JS, Gershwin ME. 2000. Nutraceuticals: separating the wheat from the chaff. California Agriculture, 54: 26-32.

Ahren B, Magrum LJ, Havel PJ, Greene SF, Phinney SD, Johnson PR, Stern JS. 2000. Augmented Insulinotropic Action of Arachiodonic Acid through the Lipoxygenase Pathway in the Obese Zucker rat. Obesity Research, 8: 475-480. [PubMed]

Barr SI, McCarron DA, Heaney RP, Dawson-Hughes B, Berga Sl, Stern JS, Oparil S. 2000. Effects of increased consumption of fluid milk on energy and nutrient intake, body weight, and cardiovascular risk factors in healthy older adults. J American Dietetic Association 100: 7: 810-817..

Borchers AT, Sakai S, Henderson GL, Harkey MR, Keen CL, Stern JS, Terasawa K, Gershwin ME. 2000. Shosaiko-to and other kampo (Japanese herbal) medicines: a review of their immunomodulatory activities.  J Ethnopharmacol. 73:1-13. [PubMed]