Madeleine Sigman-Grant, PhD, RD
Professor and Maternal & Child Health Extension Specialist, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; Emeritus
Dr. Sigman-Grant is a retired Maternal & Child Health Nutrition Specialist and Professor with the University of Nevada, Reno Cooperative Extension. Her primary areas of interest include nutrition guidelines for feeding children, as well as childhood obesity prevention and community breastfeeding programs. Dr. Sigman-Grant worked with families themselves to help them facilitate behavior change in their food and physical activity choices. Dr. Sigman-Grant continues to work with health professionals to understand and apply techniques to help facilitate behavior change in their target audiences.
Dr. Sigman-Grant received a BS in Nutritional Sciences (specialty- dietetics) from University of California at Los Angeles; completed a dietetic internship at the Veteran's Administration, West Los Angeles; received a Master of Science in Nutrition from Loma Linda University; and a Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of California at Davis (1988). She has been a public health nutritionist as well as a clinical, administrative and community dietitian for over 30 years. She also was an Associate Professor at the Pennsylvania State University from 1989-97. She retired from UNR in 2015 but maintain a technical writing consulting practice.
She is a member of the American Society of Nutrition, the American Dietetic Association, the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation, and the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Dr. Sigman-Grant remains a frequent speaker at meetings and conferences for health professionals, academicians and scientists as well as for consumers. Her publications have appeared in such diverse journals as the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Pediatrics, the Journal of Food Science, Appetite and the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As a community nutrition educator, she has published numerous consumer materials as well. She has served as a committee member of the Institute of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson foundation review committee, the early childhood nutritionist for several American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Future Projects, the Nutrition and Health Planning and Guidance Committee, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA and the NIH Birth to 24 Months Dietary Guidelines for Americans Workshop Planning Committee. She was named Nevada Dietitian of the Year and was inducted into the Medela Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence in 2012. In 2019, she received the SNEB Helen Denning Ulrich annual award for Lifetime Excellence in Nutrition Education.
Madeleine’s favorite hobbies include reading, needlepointing, visiting her grandchildren (and their parents) and sitting with her dogs.