Jamie Dollahite

 

Jamie Dollahite

Professor and Director, NE Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence, Food and Nutrition Education in Communities
408 Savage Hall
 
Phone: (607) 255-7715 Fax: (607) 255-0027
Email: jsd13@cornell.edu
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Curriculum Vitae
 
Biographical Statement:

My expertise is in the area of nutrition education for limited-resource audiences that is designed to prevent obesity and chronic disease. I lead the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program for New York State and provide program leadership in collaboration with the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--Education.  I have been active in national leadership for both programs. My research is closely integrated with the outreach provided by these programs.  I direct the Northeast Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence, funded by USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture and the Food and Nutrition Servies. The signature research program for this center is to investigate the additive effect of skill-based nutrition education in combination with changes in policy, systems, and environmental changes, designed to make healthy choices easier, on nutrition and physical activity behaviors in low-income populations.

In addition, we have developed an innovative staff training model and I have conducted research regarding program management that supports staff  effectiveness.  Several current projects are guided by the socio-ecological model in bringing about changes at various levels of the environment that are conducive to healthy food and activity choices.  We developed and tested a curriculum that targets low-income parents of 3-11 year olds, integrating parenting practices with skills to promote healthy food choice and active play both at home and where children live, learn and play.   A  second, related project aimed to build the capacity of local Cooperative Extension staff to collaborate with agency partners to make community-level environmental changes. A third area of current research is the development a school-based intervention that includes changes in the lunchroom and parent engagement..  

 
Current Professional Activities:

Cornell Graduate Field  of Nutrition

Admissions Committee, Cornell Graduate Field of Nutrition

Provost's Task Force on Cornell Extension 

NYS Obesity Prevention in Childcare Partnership

USDA/National Institutes of Food and Agriculture Program Development Team for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed)

National workgroup developing an online assessment methodology to capture policy, systems, and environmental changes for community-based programs such as the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

 
Current Research Activities:

My research falls into two broad categories of projects:  (1) use of the socio-ecological model in research and practice and (2) program effectiveness

In the first category,  current projects include:

  • A multi-site study that aims to build and test models of behavior change that include wrap-around approaches, whereby direct nutrition education is complemented by incorporating systained, synergistic organizational and community implementation of policy, systems, and environmental changes  designed to underpin attitude and behavior changes. 
  • A study of the development of environmental change efforts in nine counties with very different contexts in terms of coalition work focused on healthy food and activity environments for children.  This research seeks to understand what is necessary to build the capacity of local nutrition educators to lead environmental change efforts conducive to healthy food and activity choices that will prevent childhood obesity. 
  • A school-based intervention to change cafeteria environments and provide messages to parents to facilitate their support of healthy food choices in their children.

In the second category, current projects include

  • a randomized, controlled trial of Healthy Children, Healthy Families: Parents Making a Difference!, an intervention with low-income parents that teaches parenting practices that support healthy food and activity choices
  • a mobile technology study that is piloting a Facebook page as an enhancement to face-to-face education in EFNEP and SNAP-Ed.


 
Current Public Engagement Activities:

I lead  programs conducted through the Food and Nutrition Education in Communities, including the New York State Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--Education.  These USDA funded programs are aimed at enabling participants and their families to improve food choices and health in the context of limited resources and associated barriers.


Current efforts include (1) ongoing site visits to local sites that inform technical assistance and training needs; (2) development of training for local Cooperative Extension staff that supports their programming and evaluation efforts; (3) development of new curricular resources identified as gaps in our portfolio; (4) a  research/extension integrated project to develop a social media intervention to enhance face-to-face education; and (5) ongoing work with the Collaboration for Health, Activity, and Nutrition in Children's Environments (CHANCE) project, a childhood obesity prevention program that includes both direct parent education and policy, systems, and environmental change efforts.

 
Education:

PhD 1990 - University of Texas at Austin, Biological Sciences with a major in Nutrition 
MS   1974 - University of Iowa, Human Nutrition 
RD   1971 - University of Iowa
BS   1970 - University of Texas at Austin, Home Economics with an emphasis in Nutrition

 
Courses Taught:

NS 4020, Supervised Fieldwork in which a group of students is working on development of a social media intervention for low-income parents

 
Related Websites:

www.fnec.cornell.edu 

http://nernece.human.cornell.edu/ 

https://www.facebook.com/AdoptingHealthyHabits

www.nutritionworks.cornell.edu

http://articles.extension.org/healthy_food_choices_in_schools 

 
Administrative Responsibilities:

I provide leadership to the Food and Nutrition Education in Communities (FNEC) group in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. This group is currently made up of six professional staff and one support staff, as well as 6 part-time student staff.  Administration of the program includes strategic and fiscal planning for $3.4 million per year of Smith Lever Federal Formula Funds for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), as well as other funding that supports extension programs and research.  I supervise the FNEC group that provides leadership to Cornell Cooperative Extension educators in 32 counties who deliver nutrition education programs for low-income audiences, and work with the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance leadership of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed). The Food and Nutrition Education in Communities campus staff train professional staff; assist with training of paraprofessional staff; review and develop educational resources; conduct regular site-visits to provide technical assistance and ensure program compliance; and conduct program evaluation and research.  

I also direct the USDA-funded Northeast Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence (NE-RNECE).  Key initiatives include (1) a signature research program that includes a project conducted by the center at Cornell and four additional projects conducted through sub-awards to the Johns Hopkins University; the Hispanic Health Council of Hartford, Connecticut; the University of Maryland; and the University of Rhode Island; (2) development of a nationwide training program to be delivered through Cornell NutritionWorks to build skills of community nutrition professionals to plan, implement and evaluate policy, systems, and environmental change activities integrated with direct nutrition education; and (3) a systematic review of the scientific literature to address the question of whether the combination of direct nutrition education with changes to the food and/or physical activity environment has greater effect on obesity-related outcomes than either of the strategies alone.

 
Selected Publications:

Rogers C, Anderson SS, Dollahite JS, Hill TF, Holloman C, Miller CK, Pratt KJ, Gunther C. Methods and design of a 10-week multi-component family meals intervention: a two group quasi-experimental effectiveness trial.  BMC Pub Health. 2017;17-50. DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3908-x.

Stark C, Devine C, Dollahite J. Not my job: characteristics associated with the application of an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity. Public Health Nutr. 2016;20:174-182.

Thomas LN, Hill TF, Gaines A, Dollahite JS.  Implementing Smarter Lunchroom Makeovers in New York middle schools: an initial process evaluation.  Arch Pub Health 2016;74:41. DOI 10.1186/s13690-016-0153-9 

Dollahite J, Fitch C, Carroll J.  What does evidence-based mean for nutrition educators? Best practices for choosing nutrition education interventions based on the strength of the evidence. J Nutr Educ 2016;10:743-748.

Islam S, Paddock J, Dollahite J.  Navigating for Success:  Quality staff training translates into improved program participant outcomes. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015:47:188-189. 

Auld, G., Baker, S., Conway, L., Dollahite, J., Lambia, M. C., McGirr, K. Outcome effectiveness of a widely adopted EFNEP curriculum. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015;47:19-27. 

Lu A, Dickin KL, Dollahite JDevelopment and Application of a Framework to Assess Community Nutritionists' Use of Environmental Strategies to Prevent Obesity. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014;46:475-83.

Dickin KL, Hill TF, Dollahite JS.  Practice-based evidence of effectiveness in an integrated nutrition and parenting education intervention for low-income parents.  J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014;114:945-50 

Dollahite JS, Pijai EI, Scott-Pierce ML, Parker CM, Trochim WM.  A randomized controlled trial of a community-based nutrition education program for low-income parents.  J Nutr Educ Behav.  2014;46:102-109.

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

Dickin KL, Lent M, Lu A, Sequeira J, Dollahite J. Assessing outcomes in an integrated parenting nutrition education curriculum:  Development and validation of a behavioral checklist.  J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012:44:12-21. 

Lent M, Hill TF, Dollahite JS, Wolfe WS, Dickin KL, Healthy Children, Healthy Families: Parents Making a Difference! A curriculum integrating key nutrition, physical activity, and parenting practices to help prevent childhood obesity.  J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012:44:90-92. 

Carroll JD, Demment MM, Stiles SF, Devine CM, Dollahite JS, Sobal J, Olson CM.  Overcoming barriers to vegetable consumption by preschool children: A child care center buying club.  J Hunger Environmental Nutr. 2011;6:153–165,

Stark C, Graham-Kiefer M, Devine C, Dollahite J, Olson C. Online course increases nutrition professionals' knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in using an ecological approach to prevent childhood obesity. J Nutr Educ Behav, 2011;43:316-322.

Dickin KL, Dollahite JS, Habicht JP.  Enhancing the intrinsic work motivation of community nutrition educators:  How supportive supervision and job design foster autonomy. J Ambulatory Care Management 2011;34:260-273.

Webber CB, Sobal J, Dollahite JS.  Shopping for fruits and vegetables: food and retail qualities valued by low-Income households at the grocery store.  Appetite. 2010;54:297-303.

Webber CB, Sobal J, Dollahite JS. Shopping for fruits and vegetables: food and retail qualities valued by low-Income households at the grocery store. Appetite. 2010;54:297-303.

Lu A, Dollahite J. Assessment of dietitians’ nutrition counselling self-efficacy and its positive relationship to reported skill usage. J Human Nutr Dietetics. 2010;23.

Dickin KL, Dollahite JS, Habicht JP. Job satisfaction and retention of community nutrition educators: the importance of perceived value of the program, consultative supervision and work relationships. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2010;42:337-344..

Dollahite J, Kenkel D, Thompson CS. An economic evaluation of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. J Nutr Educ Behav 2008;40:134-143.

Webber CB, Dollahite JS. Attitudes and behaviors of low-income food heads of households towards sustainable food systems concepts. J Hunger Environmental Nutr. 2008;3:186-205.

Webber CB, Sobal J, Dollahite JS. Physical disabilities and food access among limited resource households. Disability Studies Quarterly 2007;27(3) www.dsq-sds.org.

Dickin KL, Dollahite JS, Habicht JP. Behavior change among EFNEP beneficiaries is higher in well-managed sites where front-line nutrition educators value the program. J Nutr. 2005;135:2199-2205.

Dollahite J, Nelson J, Frongillo E, Griffin M. Building Community Capacity Through Enhanced Collaboration in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. J. Agriculture and Human Values. 2005;22:339-354.

 
Selected Keywords:
Nutrition, Community nutrition, Nutrition education, Food, Parenting education, Low income, Limited resource, Behavioral science education, Policy Systems and Environmental Change, SNAP, EFNEP, SNAP-Ed, Implementation Science

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