LaShaundrea Crook, M.S., R.D.

LaShaundrea Crook is project manager of Mississippi Communities for Healthy Living sponsored by the Delta Obesity Prevention Research Unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service. Over the past six years, she has worked on community-based research projects with the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems through The University of Southern Mississippi. Her first experience was with the Delta Nutrition Intervention Research Initiative (Delta NIRI), where she worked as a graduate research assistant. While working with Delta NIRI, she was trained to conduct focus groups, gather anthropometric data, and administer Food Frequency Questionnaires. Between 2006 and 2008, she assisted with two additional research projects-–“Examining Relationships among Obesity, Food Insecurity, Stress, and Emotional Eating among Low Income African American Women” and “Exploring Nutrition Literacy in the Lower Mississippi Delta”-– while continuing to work with Delta NIRI. In 2009, she was hired as a research associate to help organize and analyze data collected for Delta NIRI. LaShaundrea has created training manuals, trained data collectors, managed data collection activities, analyzed data, given professional presentations, and assisted other researchers. In addition, LaShaundrea is trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques and has served as a MI counselor in a community-based participatory research grant, HUB City Steps.

She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in nutrition and food systems from the University of Southern Mississippi.