Mary Beth Albright is a journalist and food and public health expert. While at The Washington Post as an editor and correspondent, she published Eat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-Being (2022, WW Norton), based on research she first encountered while working as a subject matter expert at the Surgeon General’s office.

While Mary Beth writes from a consumer and personal health perspective, she also works to translate science into corporate business strategy and government public policy. Her background as a health lawyer makes her uniquely qualified to advise both food consumers and food producers.

Mary Beth has a JD cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA with honors from The Johns Hopkins University. Her government and policy work includes several years with the legendary Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and stints on Capitol Hill. She is an elected member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, has presented her research on South by Southwest’s official program, and has won awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Association of Food Journalists. One time she ate 2,000 foods in five days in a windowless room a judged for the New Products Award. The barbecue sauces were the hardest part.

Speech topics

Feeding the Mind: Exploring the Links Between Food and Emotional Well-Being


Food for Thought: What food companies can do now to prepare for future regulation



Eat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-Being

A lively and evidence-based argument that a whole food diet is essential for good mental health.

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