Dietary Practices/Nutrition

Elena Carbone

Elena Carbone

Associate Professor of Nutrition
Director, Community-Engaged Research Program, Commonwealth Honors College

Email: ecarbone@nutrition.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Dr. Carbone has over 15 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating community-based, learner-centered interventions. She works in community settings to examine how low income, culturally diverse populations (adults and children) with limited literacy skills attend to and process health information related to obesity prevention, diabetes management, cancer control, and food safety. She uses primarily a qualitative approach (individual interviews, focus groups, and observations) to collect her data. She is also interested in the use of new technologies to enhance pedagogical practices.
Nancy Cohen


Nancy Cohen

Professor and Head of Nutrition

Email: cohen@nutrition.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Dr. Cohen’s research addresses assessment of dietary quality and foodrelated practices in older adults, evaluation of the need for and effectiveness of nutrition and food safety education programs, and distance education using technology.

Lorraine Cordeiro


Lorraine Cordeiro

Assistant Professor of Nutrition

Email: lcordeiro@nutrition.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Dr. Cordeiro conducts research both in the U.S.A. and internationally. The primary focus of her research is on household food security and adolescent nutritional health. She is currently investigating the associations between food security, food practices, and health risks among Cambodian women in Massachusetts.



Jerusha Nelson Peterman



Jerusha Nelson Peterman

Assistant Professor of Nutrition

Email: jpeterman@nutrition.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Dr. Peterman is interested in documenting past food experiences and current dietary practices and nutrition knowledge, and in developing nutrition education programs suited to the experiences and practices of immigrants and refugees.

 




Lindiwe Sibeko

Assistant Professor of Nutrition

Email: lsibeko@nutrition.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Dr. Sibeko’s research interests are in women and child health, focusing on pre- and postnatal nutritional health in low-income populations, on optimizing infant and young child feeding practices in vulnerable settings, on elucidating the role of breastfeeding in healthy child development and on the prevention of childhood obesity in underserved communities. Dr. Sibeko is also interested in examining socio-cultural influences on household food security. Her global health research has focused on maternal and child health issues, primarily in the area of nutritional status assessment, infant feeding practices and the role of breastfeeding in the prevention of pediatric HIV infections.



Lisa Troy

Assistant Professor of Nutrition, The Commonwealth Honors College Professor in Nutrition

Email: lisatroy@nutrition.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Dr. Troy studies the effect of dietary patterns, overall diet quality, and components of a healthful diet on under-nutrition, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. She also is interested in how government programs and policies affect diet quality and public health outcomes. Toward accomplishing these goals, Dr. Troy and colleagues developed an index to measure adherence to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The index is being updated for the 2010 guidelines. She will expand upon her current research to examine the impact of diet and exercise on sleep in relation to metabolic syndrome and diabetes in older adults.