Jerusha Nelson Peterman

Professional Title: 
Assistant Professor
Campus Address: 
210C Chenoweth

B.S., Brigham Young University; M.S. and Dietetic Internship, University of Utah; Ph.D., Tufts University; Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Food security, immigrants, refugees, acculturation, nutrition education

Research Description: 

Vulnerable immigrants, including refugees, have high rates of both poor health outcomes and food insecurity. Pre-immigration experiences, such as food insecurity/deprivation, social disruption, and stress may contribute to both the poor health and food insecurity. Additionally, the U.S. food environment, with its abundance of relatively low cost, low nutrient dense foods, likely contributes to poor nutrition and health. I work with vulnerable immigrants to understand and address the causes and nutrition/health consequences of food insecurity in specific populations. My research includes qualitative methods such as focus groups and in-depth interviews, quantitative methods such as cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys documenting causes and consequences of food insecurity, and nutrition and health intervention programs addressing these causes and consequences, and focusing on healthy choices and resource management in the U.S. food environment. The majority of my work has focused on the large Cambodian population in Lowell, MA. I also work with low-income, multicultural participants in the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program to further understand causes and consequences of food insecurity in various populations.

Key Publications: 

Peterman JN, Wilde PE, Silka L, Bermudez OI, Rogers BL. Food insecurity among Cambodian refugee women two decades post-resettlement. J Immigr Minor Health. 15:372-380;2013.

Peterman JN, Silka L, Bermudez OI, Wilde PE, Rogers BL.  Acculturation, education, nutrition education, and household composition are related to dietary practices among Cambodian refugee women in Lowell, MA.  J Am Diet Assoc. 110:1369-1374;2011.

Peterman, JN, Wilde PE, Liang S, Bermudez OI, Silka L, Rogers BL. Relationship Between Past Food Deprivation and Current Dietary Practices and Weight Status Among Cambodian Refugee Women in Lowell, MAAm J Public Health, 100:1930-1937, 2010.

Dubowitz T, Levinson D, Peterman JN, Verma G, Jacob S, Schultink W.  Intensifying efforts to reduce child malnutrition in India:  An evaluation of the Dular program in Jharkhand, India.  Food Nutr Bull.  28:266-273, 2007.

Wilde PE, Peterman JN.  Individual weight change is associated with household food security status.  J Nutr.  136:1395-1400, 2006.

Jerusha Nelson Peterman Curriculum Vitae


Council on Education for Public Health Outcome Competencies