Helen H. Jensen  ·  Faculty Fellow

Helen H. Jensen is Professor Emerita of Economics at Iowa State University. Her research has focused on the economics of food and nutrition policies and programs, food demand and markets, food security, and the economics of food safety and hazard control, and builds on strong, interdisciplinary collaborations. For over 30 years, she led CARD’s food and nutrition policy research. In this work, she applied economic theory to problems related to food and nutrition policies, including evaluations of the costs and cost-effectiveness of dietary and food safety interventions and policies. She was elected Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) in 2012. She has served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences including the National Academy of Medicine’s Health and Medicine Division (formerly Institute of Medicine) committees to incorporate new scientific recommendations on diet and nutrition into USDA’s major food programs. Recently, she was a member of the National Research Council, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Breakthroughs 2030: A Strategy for Food and Agricultural Research (2017–2018) and served on the WHO Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases, Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group Task Force on policy. Dr. Jensen holds an MS from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin.