Debra Miller, National Confectioners Association
Debra L. Miller, PhD, is a graduate of Juniata College and The Pennsylvania State University with a doctoral degree in biobehavioral health and a doctoral minor in nutrition science.
As of November 5, 2018, Dr. Miller is the senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at The National Confectioners Association. She is responsible for engaging member companies on global, federal and state/local food policies on nutrition and food safety. Dr. Miller is an integral part of the confectionery industry’s “Always A Treat Initiative”, a commitment to the Partnership for a Healthier America to provide consumers with more information, options and support. She also leads the Chocolate Council, a group of leading cocoa and chocolate processers and producers of chocolate products, which is focused on the unique issues of the cocoa supply chain and chocolate production.
She works closely with member companies, government agencies, other trade organizations and industry affiliates to lead scientific and regulatory affairs for the confectioner’s industry and represents the industry on numerous boards and coalitions in the US. She also represents the International Confectioners Association on CODEX and other technical/scientific issues.
Before joining NCA, Dr. Miller served as the director of nutrition and director–regulatory affairs at The Hershey Company for more than 14 years, where she had the responsibility of developing the internal food and nutrition policy and strategy. She also led the Hershey’s clinical nutrition research program, health professional communications and was the director of the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition.
Dr. Miller has also served as director of nutrition communications for Dupont Nutrition, St. Louis, MO. She was an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she investigated food intake regulation and led the olestra post-market surveillance clinical trial. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in obesity treatment at the Harvard Medical School after completing her doctoral degree.
She lives near Hershey, PA with her husband, Ben, and has two children, Ellie and Riley. She is also co-owner of Cocoa Kayaks, LLC, a kayak and water sport outfitter in Hershey, PA.