Jennifer Garner


Jennifer Garner

Graduate Student
417 Savage Hall
Division of Nutritional Sciences
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Biographical Statement:

Jennifer earned a BS in Dietetics from Central Michigan University in 2013. While there, she worked as a research assistant for four years and gained further research experience as an Honors student and McNair Scholar. Her Honors thesis focused on the effect of Vitamin D exposure on the lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans. During a McNair summer research program at Michigan State University, she developed her interest in community nutrition through involvement in an urban food environment assessment.  

Currently, Jennifer is a doctoral student in the Division of Nutritional Sciences' Combined PhD/RD Program, where her primary field of study is Community Nutrition. She recently graduated from her dietetic internship, during which she had the opportunity to complete supervised practice at Women, Infants, and Children of Tompkins County and University of Rochester Medical Center Strong Memorial Hospital.

Current Professional Activities:

2013 - present       New York State Dietetics Association

2013 - present       American Association for the Advancement of Science

2012 - present       American Society for Nutrition

2010 - present       Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

Current Research Activities:

Jennifer is a member of Dr. Rebecca Seguin's research group. Her dissertation work is focused on the improvement of dietary quality and food insecurity in rural, lower-income households. Current projects include the mixed methods assessment of a farmers' market program for SNAP participants and the development of a cost-offset Community Supported Agriculture program for lower-income families with children.

Jennifer also has two minors: Developmental Sociology and Economic Analysis. The former will guide her work on the social factors that influence health in rural towns, and the latter will provide skills needed to compare interventions using cost-effectiveness analyses.


2015 - Completed Cornell Dietetic Internship

2013 - BS in Dietetics, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI  


Selected Publications:

Heuberger R, Garner JA, Corby A, Vander Sluis R, DeWitt K. Overweight and Obese Pet Owners: Respondent and Pet Characteristics in the Rural Midwestern United States. In preparation.

Seguin RA, Morgan EH, Connor LM, Garner JA, King AC, Sheats JL, Winter SJ, Buman MP. Rural Food and Physical Activity Assessment Using a Novel e-Tablet-Based Application: Findings and Opportunities to Catalyze Change. In press.

Messing JA, Heuberger RA, Schisa JA. Effect of Vitamin D3 on Lifespan in Caenorhabditis elegans. Current Aging Science. 2014;7(3):220-224.  

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The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.