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Assistant Professor, Food, Nutrition and Health
FNH 242
2205 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
phone: 604-822-6869

Please note: Dr. Black is not currently accepting new graduate students.

Education

New York University, PhD
Columbia University, MSc
Registered Dietician, R.D.
University of Toronto, BSc (Hon.)

Research

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. 

Projects

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.

Teaching

Selected Publications

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.