Joan Paddock


Joan Paddock

Senior Extension Associate
301 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Phone: (607) 255-2611 Fax: (607) 255-0049
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

        I believe staff working in our extension programs deserve the highest quality support and technical assistance to facilitate their work with our target audience; low income residents of New York State. Excellence in nutrition programming is our collective goal. Whether working with frontline educators, program managers, dietetic interns, or undergraduate students, our priority remains the same: improvement in participant outcomes.  

     My previous experiences with the NYS Health Department as Bureau Director, WIC Director, and Regional Nutritionist provide a perspective on program management strategies and program performance monitoring. My experiences as a WIC nutritionist and Peace Corp volunteer influence my perspective on how we might approach our audiences, how program delivery can be adapted to best meet the needs of our participants, and the tremendous importance of the contributions of each individual in meeting our collective goals.


Current Professional Activities:

 Member of the  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Current Research Activities:

Research and evaluation activities related to our nutrition programs include the following:

1.Review of program data generated by EFNEP  program counties. 
2. Process evlauation of all trainings presented to staff.
3. Evaluation of program education via review of behavior change data.
4. Evaluation of program ouputs: caseload per full-time staff, cost per graduate to determine county program funding.


Current Public Engagement Activities:

Current activities include: leadership for nutrition programs in New York, participation in national EFNEP workgroups, participation in CCE SNAP-Ed leadership group, the Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities National Advisory Board, The Northeast Regional Nutrition Education Center of Excellence leadership team.

As the New York State EFNEP Coordinator, leadership is provided to ensure implementation of policies and procedures to maintain program quality, oversight of quality assurance site visits, and oversight of training and technical assistance. Specific activities include planning and provision of training for Cornell Cooperative Extension paraprofessional and professional staff working across the state, developing capacity for sharing resources and teaching materials via electronic media, implementation and oversight of  quality training for all levels of staff,  developing resources to support all nutrition education content areas, and stewardship of program funding. 



PhD Candidate                                  Cornell University

Masters in Public Health                  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Bachelor of Science                          Cornell University


Courses Taught:

NS 4020 Supervised Fieldwork: Communicating Nutrition Information to low-income Audiences,, Fall 2016; co-taught with J. Dollahite

NS 1600 Introduction to Public Health,  November, 2016, guest lecturer

NS 6250  Community Nutrition in Action,September, 2016, guest lecturer.

NS 6250 , Fall 2016, Preceptor for Dietetic Intern

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Administrative Responsibilities:

I provide leadership for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and provide support to cooperative extension staff deployed across New York State. This includes stewardship for NIFA funding specifically for EFNEP and other grants that support these efforts: supervision of two extension associates and administrative support staff; and collaboration with staff in our Food and Nutrition Education in Communities unit working on similar issues for limited resource audiences.

I am co-principle investigator for the SNAP-Ed Training contract with the Office of Temporary and Disacility Assistance and the Bureaus of Training and Management Analysis. Through this grant leadership and training for NYS SNAP-Ed implementing agencies is provided.


Selected Publications:

Breastfeeding Patterns among Employees at a Land Grant University, in press 

 Islam SN, Paddock JD, Dollahite JS. Navigating for Success: Quality Staff Training Translates Into Improved Program Participant Outcomes, J Nutr Educ Behav 2015: 47:2 188 – 189.

Paddock JD, Dollahite JS.  Nutrition program quality assurance through a formalized process of on-site program review.  J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012: 44:2, 183 – 188.

Taking the Helm, facilitator training for NFS, revised 2012
Reaching, Not Just Teaching, facilitator training, revised 2012

 Nutrition program quality assurance through a formalized process of on-site program review,  Paddock JD, Dollahite J,  JNEB, 2012, vol 44, issue 2, 183 - 188

Navigating for Success, paraprofessional training,  revised, 2012

EFNEP Celebrates 40 Years of Delivering Nutrition Education to Limited-Resource Audiences, Human Ecology, Vol.38, No.1, May 2010 

Field Manual for Breastfeeding Education Programs, 2002

Selected Keywords:
Nutrition programing, Nutrition program management, Nutrition education, EFNEP, SNAP-Ed, facilitation skills, training policy, systems and environmental approaches

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