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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.

MSc Candidates

 

 

 

Seri Niimi-Burch, BSc
Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems

Originally from Hawai’i, Seri completed a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Boston College and a Food Policy Leadership Fellowship at the Food Institute at the George Washington University. A former school garden and nutrition educator, Seri currently works as a Teaching, Research, and Academic Assistant in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Her research lies at the intersection of public health nutrition, sociology, and social policy and focuses on school meal programs and policies. Seri recently wrote a policy brief on income-based approaches to addressing food insecurity that you can read here.

 

 

Raihan Hassen, BSc, RD
Food, Nutrition and Health

Raihan Hassen is a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition student and a dietitian who is pursuing research around Vancouver school meal programs under the supervision of Dr. Black. Raihan is a Registered Dietitian having completed her Bachelor’s degree from UBC in the Food, Nutrition and Health Program with a major in Dietetics. She is curious about exploring the complex intersections between food security, school meal programs, and nutrition. Raihan was recently highlighted in UBC Equity & Inclusion’s Community Spotlight: check out what she shared about her experiences as a dietetics student and how they have shaped her approach to her graduate work here.

 

Alumni

 

 

Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems
Adrienne Levay, MSc, PhD
Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems
Cayley Velazquez, PhD, RD
Food, Nutrition and Health