Selected publications from research studies conducted using the following protocols and tools are listed on our publications page.

New Jersey Child Health Study

New Jersey Child Health Study (NJCHS)
The NJCHS is a longitudinal cohort study that was designed to investigate the role of food and physical activity environments and policies in community and school settings on children’s weight outcomes. The study began in 2008, was conducted in Camden, New Brunswick, Newark, and Trenton, NJ, and has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Our research team members are from Arizona State University and Rutgers University.


Survey Tools

Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona WIC Texting Project

The aim of this project funded by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) WIC is to develop and evaluate a catalog of text messages sent to ITCA WIC participants to address issues of non-engagement (missed appointments) and non-redemption of benefits that are based on best practices in nutrition and health communication. In formative work, we tested developed text messages with ITCA WIC staff.

Healthy School Meals for all in Arizona

This project examined the costs and benefits of implementing Healthy School Meals for All in Arizona (HSM4A) following the end of the federal policy that guaranteed nationwide free meals for all, implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also explored the opinions and perspectives of members of the Arizona school community, including parents, teachers, and other school staff, about offering HSM4A in the state. The Arizona Food Bank Network funded this work.

Food Insecurity During Covid

As part of the National Food Access and COVID research Team (NFACT), we examined the impact of COVID-19 on food access, food security, and food systems nationally and in Arizona.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a school-based program aimed at promoting fruit and vegetable knowledge and consumption. We examined spillover effects of FFVP on children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables outside of school settings and on household shopping. With Support from Maricopa County Department of Public Health, we also examined the feasibility to establishing a public private partnership between FFVP-participating schools and nearby grocery stores.