Contact Details

Phone: 0124-4781400 ext 4549
Dr. Shweta Khandelwal
Head, Nutrition Research and Additional Professor

Dr Shweta Khandelwal is Head, Nutrition Research at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Delhi. She is a trained and experienced public health nutrition researcher working in the maternal child health and nutrition space in India for the last 15 years. Shweta teaches nutrition epidemiology especially in relation to the rising overweight-obesity, diet related non-communicable diseases and their risk factors among the Indian population. She also has some experience in studying local food environments and examining how they are associated with various forms of malnutrition. She serves on expert panels constituted by FSSAI and MoHFW, GoI including NCDs, oils and fats, sustainable healthy diets and combating high fat, sugar and salt in Indian population. Shweta has great passion for teaching while also pursuing research activities. Shweta has been instrumental in initiating capacity building initiative in public health nutrition (PHN) and Nutrition Epidemiology. She strongly believes that studying/pursuing nutrition should not be interpreted as mere therapeutic responses to health problems but this field should inculcate more public health understanding, supplemented with better research methods training. At PHFI, she has been the founder member and leader (as faculty in-charge and course coordinator) of the online PHN course enthusiastically from inception for 4 years (2011-2014). The program is quite popular and ranks high among government officials, international participants and UN institutions engaged in nutrition at program and policy levels. She is a visiting faculty for PHN at the SVT College, Mumbai. She is an invited member, Board of Studies for both SNDT and SGT University. Shweta also serves as the Course Director for CCDC’s annual series of a 5-day seminar on nutrition methods for the past decade.  In addition to delivering numerous talks on nutrition policy aspects in India, 65 peer reviewed articles in scholarly journals, she has also contributed to more than 150 stories in international and national print and online media. Shweta has also won several prestigious fellowships, awards and recognition in the area of PHN including DST’s Young Scientist Award, WHF’s Emerging leader, AIIMS Significant contribution to the Nutrition field, Amity’s Best faculty in PHM etc to name a few.

Professional Affiliations

2018-21 Subject Expert, Nutrition and Dietetics, Board of Studies, SVT College of Home Science, SNDT University, Mumbai
2018 Member, Expert panel on Oils and Fats, FSSAI
2018 Member, Maternal Nutrition advisory group, Maternal Health Dept MoHFW
2018 Member, Task Force on Identifying Cost Effective Interventions for addressing leading causes of DALYs
2018 Member, Expert group- Impact of taxation on SSB prices and consumption in India
2018 Member, Task Force on “Balanced and Healthy Diets” under Implementation Framework for National Health Policy
2017 Member, Expert group on reducing high fat, sugar and salt foods (HFSS) by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), GoI
2015 Member, Expert Group on the Salt, Sugar and Fats panel constituted by FSSAI, MoHFW, GoI

Center Affiliations
  • PHFI
Research Summary and Interests

She is a trained and experienced public health nutrition researcher currently exploring the role of prenatal omega-3 fatty acids (DHA) supplementation on neuro-development of Indian infants. Shweta is also interested in studying the nutrition epidemiology of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors among the Indian population. Shweta is also been passionately working in the area of capacity building in public nutrition research methods as well as policy.

Areas of Expertise
  • Maternal Health/Women’s Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Non-Communicable Diseases(NCDs) and Injuries
  • Health Promotion
  • Clinical Trials
  • Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research
Other Areas of Expertise