My research focuses broadly on the social determinants of health and dietary choices. I am interested in how attitudes and behaviours related to eating, cooking, food selection, body image and body weight status are shaped by socio-cultural and neighbourhood-level factors. My research is shaped by my background as a registered dietitian and fuses methods and theory from nutrition education, public health, sociology and geography.
Some of my recent and forthcoming research projects include:
- Working with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society to examine the impact of a community food hub program on food bank members’ nutritional status and experiences of food insecurity
- Examining the connections between the food environment inside and surrounding Vancouver schools with students’ dietary practices, knowledge, skills and self-efficacy related to food, nutrition and food policy.
- Assessing the relations between neighbourhood-level socioeconomic status, demographic factors, land use and access to food in British Columbia.
- Examining trends and the social determinants of dietary choices, obesity and body image using national health surveys such as the Canadian Community Health Survey version 2.2.
- Mapping food access and opportunities and barriers to physical activity in New York City.
Ahmadi N., Black J.L., Velazquez C.E., Chapman G.E. and Veenstra G. 2014 “Associations between socio-economic status and school-day dietary intake in a sample of grade 5-8 students in Vancouver, Canada.” Public Health Nutr. 1-10.
Black, J.L., Dunham, R. and Kafka, T. 2013. “A study of challenges and opportunities for long-term care dietitians in British Columbia.” Can J Diet Pract Res. 74(3): p. 131-7.
Black, J.L. and Billette, J.M. 2013. “Do Canadians meet Canada’s Food Guide’s recommendations for fruits and vegetables?” Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 38(3): p. 234-42.
Black, J.L. and Day, M. 2012. “Availability of Limited Service Food Outlets Surrounding Schools in British Columbia.” Can J Public Health 103(4): 255-259.
Black, J.L. and Veenstra, G. 2011. “A cross-cultural quantitative approach to intersectionality and health: Using intersections between gender, race, class and neighbourhood to predict self-rated health in Toronto and New York City”. In: Health Inequities in Canada: Intersectional Frameworks and Practices. Vancouver: UBC Press; p. 71-91.
Black, J.L., Carpiano, R.M., Fleming, S., Lauster, N. “Exploring the distribution of food stores in British Columbia: Associations with neighbourhood socio-demographic factors and urban form.” Health Place. 2011;17(4):961-970.
Black, J.L. and Macinko, J. 2010. “The Changing Distribution and Determinants of Obesity in the Neighborhoods of New York City, 2003-2007.” American Journal of Epidemiology 171(7):765-775.
Black, J.L., Macinko, J., Dixon, L. B., & Fryer, J. G. E. 2010. “Neighborhoods and obesity in New York City“. Health & Place 16(3):489-99.
Black, J.L., Piñero, Domingo, Parekh Niyati. 2009. ” Zinc and Cognitive Development in Children: Perspectives From International Studies.” Topics in Clinical Nutrition 24(2):130-138.
Black, J.L., and James Macinko. 2008. “Neighborhoods and Obesity.” Nutrition Reviews 66:2-20.
Sasson, L, Jennifer Black, and Sharron Dalton. 2007. “Lessons Learned About Food-Related Attitudes and Behaviors From an Italian Study Abroad Program.” Topics in Clinical Nutrition 22:357-366.
Black, Jennifer, Lazarus, Paula., Lopresti, Frank, Winter, Ben. 2008. “G.I.S Goes Green.” Connect Spring/Summer
Black, Jennifer. 2007. “Quantitative Research on Campus: Data and Statistical Resources at NYU.” Connect Fall/Winter:24-25.
Black, Jennifer. 2007. “The Golden Gate Diet (Book Review).” Journal of the National Medical Association 99:55-56.