Jennifer Black, PhD, RD
Food, Nutrition and Health

Dr. Black is an Associate Professor in Food, Nutrition and Health at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Her research fuses methods and theory from nutrition education, public health, sociology and geography to investigate the role of socio-cultural and neighborhood-level factors in shaping attitudes and behaviours related to eating, cooking, food selection, body image and body weight status.

Postdoctoral Fellows





Claire Tugault-Lafleur, PhD, RD
Food, Nutrition and Health

Dr Tugault-Lafleur is a postdoctoral fellow and clinical instructor in the Department of Food, Nutrition and Health at UBC. She completed her PhD at UBC, MA and BSc in Nutrition and dietetics at McGill University and dietetics internship at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (2010). Her doctoral work assessed the quality and determinants of dietary practices of Canadian children at school drawing from nationally representative 24-hour dietary recall data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). Her current postdoctoral work involves studies evaluating Canadians’ eating patterns (and drivers of these patterns), with a focus on children and adolescent populations.

MSc Candidates




Mirah Valdes, BSc

Food, Nutrition and Health

Mirah graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSc in General Sciences with specializations in Life science and Earth Science. In addition to working as a Teaching Assistant in various Food Nutrition and Health courses at UBC, she also holds a Work Learn position at the Mood Disorders centre in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.  Currently, she is interested in exploring the prevalence and implications of dietary exclusions in Canada, using data from the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey.





Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems
Integrated Studies in Land & Food Systems
Cayley Velazquez, PhD, RD
Food, Nutrition and Health