Dawn Contreras PhD

Dawn Contreras

Telephone: 517-353-3886
Cellphone: 517-242-1954

MSU Extension

Institute Director

Dawn A. Contreras has been the Director of the Health and Nutrition Institute for Michigan State University Extension since 2010. In this role she provides leadership for community-based health and nutrition programming across the state, including oversight for the Institute’s staff, budget, strategic planning, and content development and delivery. Currently Dr. Contreras is an investigator on ten state and federal grants, totaling to 13,392,903 per year. The Institute provides education across the state in the areas of disease prevention and management, nutrition and physical activity, food safety, social-emotional health and wellbeing and health research.
Dr. Contreras started her career with MSU Extension in 1981 as an Extension Home Economist; serving in Sanilac and Tuscola Counties from 1981 to 1984 and in Clinton County from 1984 to 1994. In 1994 Dawn took a position on campus as a Program Leader within Children, Youth, and Family Programs and became an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. By 2009 Dawn had received senior status and became a Senior Specialist within the unit. All three of Dawn’s degrees are from Michigan State University. Her most recent degree was a Ph.D. earned in 2000 from the Department of Family and Child Ecology. She is also a 2014 graduate of the MSU Program in Public Health certificate program.

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