The Center for Research on Families is pleased to announce that Dr. Lorraine Cordeiro (Family Research Scholar, 2010-11) and Dr. Jerusha Nelson Peterman (Family Research Scholar, 2012-13), both assistant professors in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, were presented with The Distinguished Research Partnership Award this past weekend (Nov 2, 2013) by their community partner, The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc. This award recognizes these scholars for their innovative nutrition research in the Cambodian community.
Dr. Cordeiro and Dr. Peterman are implementing a community-engaged study examining food insecurity, nutrition education needs, and health risks among Cambodian women in Massachusetts. This study, which recognizes the significant health disparities faced by Cambodians and seeks to understand the root causes of these disparities, is supported by the Center for Agriculture at UMass Amherst with funding from the USDA.
Cordeiro and Peterman are delighted to receive this important community award as it reflects the integrity of their wonderful UMass research team. Team members include:
- Shanshan Chen, Doctoral Student, Nutrition
- Ronnie Mouth, University without Walls student
- Nicholas Otis and Alexandra Purdue-Smithe, Student athletes and honors students
- Emily Boudreau, Honors student
- Jillian Saffie, nutrition major
- Kannika Chap, sociology major