Senior Extension Associate
301 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca, New York

Division of Nutritional Sciences



Excellence in nutrition programming for low-income audiences is the focus of Joan’s work.

Nutrition educators deserve the highest quality support and technical assistance to facilitate their work with our target audience; low income residents of New York State.  Joan’s 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.  Her experiences as an educator and trainer influence her 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.

Benchmarks to achieve these goals include: execution of an innovative training scheme for professional and paraprofessional staff, implementation of a quality assurance process, timely technical assistance, implementation of relevant policies and procedures, and application of research based interventions.

Development of the management capacity of nutrition leaders will serve NYS well into the future. Building capacity of nutrition educators to positively influence the health and wellbeing of mothers and young children is essential in addressing critical nutrition and health issues and improving the lives of our target population.


Research and evaluation activities currently underway are focused on improving the quality of our nutrition programs and effectiveness of delivery methods:

1.Evaluation of program outcomes using the WEBNeers system for EFNEP program              data. 
2. Evaluation of participant behavior change curricula and time in the program
3. Evaluation of program ouputs: caseload per full-time staff, cost per graduate etc.  to determine county program funding.


Journal Article Refereed

1. Paddock, JD. Breastfeeding Patterns Among Employees at a Land Grant University. Workplace Health & Safety, 2017,  65(12), 580 - 594 

2. Islam S, Paddock JD, Dollahite JS. Quality Staff Training Translates into Improved Program Participant Outcomes, J Nutr Educ Behav, 2015, 47:2, 188 - 189

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

Short Notes, Letters, Abstracts, Book Reviews

1. Technology Use and Preferences of EFNEP Paraprofessional Educators, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior,  49( 7, Supplement 1) Mehta M, Sankavaram K, Martin L, Paddock JD, McCaffery J, 2017

2. . The process of development and assessmnet of a training curriculum for paraprofessional staff, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol 106 (Supplement), Thomas S, Paddock JD, Dollahite JS., October, 2006, Elsevier, A50

2. Improved particpant outcomes with paraprofessional training in a community nutrition program., Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol106(Supplement, Dollhaite, JS, Scott-Pierce M, Paddock JD, Thomas S., October, 2006, Elsevier, A47

3. Quoted on the cover jacket of Ya Gotta Have Heart!, A Community Educator's Guide To Facilitation Skills, by Joye A. Norris, ED.D.


Training Manual and Materials or Technical Report

1.Navigating for Success, Frontline Educator Training, 2017

2. Field Manual for Breastfeeding Educaton Programs, September 2005

3. Our Food our Future, Enhancing Community Food Security through Local Action




Human Ecology Ad Hoc Committee: Review and Promotion  

National Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education (SNAP-Ed )Toolkit Workgroup 

USDA, National Institutes of Food and Agriculture, EFNEP Technology Workgroup

Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities National Advisory Board, led by Rebecca Seguin 

Current activities include: leadership for the EFNEP program in New York, participation in national EFNEP workgroups, participation in CCE SNAP-Ed leadership group, the Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities National Advisory Board, adn 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 creation and delivery 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 nutrition education,  developing resources to support all nutrition education content areas, and stewardship of program funding. 


NS 4020 Supervised Fieldwork: Communicating Nutrition Information to low-income Audiences,  Spring  amd Fall 2017; co-taught with J. Dollahite

NS 1600 Introduction to Public Health,  September, 2017, guest lecturer

NS 6250  Community Nutrition in Action,   September, 2017, guest lecturer.

NS 6250 , Fall 2017, Preceptor for Dietetic Intern

PhD                   Cornell University

MPH                  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

BS                     Cornell University


As the state coordinator for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, I provide leadership for the program including stewardship of grant funds, development and implmentation of  staff training for 88 frontline educators technical assistance, and oversight of program quality in 22 county programs across NYS, documentation and reporting of program outcomes and impacts, and communication with our provider network, collaborators and funders. 

As a member of the Food and Nutriton Education in Communities unit I supervise two extension associates and an administrative assistant. I provide programatic supervision for three Nutrition Regional Coordiantors and provide  direct regional oversight of the North Country Region due to staff downsizing.

In addition, I am co-principle investigator for the SNAP-Ed Training contract with the Office of Temporary and Disacility Assistance and the Bureau of Training and Management Analysis. Through this grant technical assistance and training is provided to  NYS SNAP-Ed implementing agencies. PSE efforts (policy, systems and environmental approaches) are the central focus of this effort. Additional consulation contracts were secured this year with three individual implementing agencies to explore process and outcome evaluations. These were a direct result of our training and technical assistance.. Healthy Habits