Jennifer Lemacks, Ph.D., R.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Systems

Research opportunities are vast and may be delineated among the following three categories:

1. Intervention Research:

a. Improving nutrition counseling and obesity prevention programs in community-based settings.
b. Decreasing health disparities among minority and rural populations by developing community partnerships and collaborations to implement health-related strategies to improve health.

2. Methodology: Create and validate tools to better assess nutrition-related behavioral and clinical factors.

3. Student-driven cross-sectional studies: Examine many facets related to nutrition and behavior, disease risk, and social factors.

Alakaam A, Townsend D, Lemacks JL. Accuracy of weight status perception related to weight loss stage of change among medically underserved adults. J Epidemiol Res. 2017;3(1):37-41.

Lemacks JL, Ilich JZ, Liu PY, Shin H, Ralston PA, Cui M, Wickrama KAS. Dietary influence on calcitropic hormones and adiposity in Caucasian and African American postmenopausal women assessed by structural equation modeling (SEM). J Nutr Health Aging. 2016; 20(6):602-10.

 Alakaam A, Lemacks JL. Fruit and vegetable consumption, fat intake and physical activity participation in relation to socio-demographic factors among medically underserved adults. AIMS Public Health. 2015;2(3):402-10.

 Lemacks JL, Huye H, Rupp R, Connell C. The relationship between interviewer-respondent race match and reporting of energy intake using food frequency questionnaires in the rural South United States. Prev Med Reports. 2015;2:533-7.

 Lemacks JL, Landry A, Huye H, Connell C. Factorial validity of the Delta Healthy Eating Attitudes Scale related to diet quality. Health Behav Policy Rev. 2015;2(1):82-91.

 Ralston P, Lemacks JL, Wickrama KAS, Young-Clark I, Coccia C, Ilich JZ, Harris CM, Battle AM, Walker O’Neal C. Reducing cardiovascular disease risk to older African Americans: A church-based longitudinal intervention project at baseline. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014;38(1):69-81.

 Lemacks J, Wells BA, Ilich JZ, Ralston PA. Interventions for improving nutrition and physical activity behaviors in adult African American populations: A systematic review, January 2000 through December 2011. Prev Chron Dis. 2013;10:E99.

 O’Neal CW, Wickrama KA, Ralston PA, Ilich JZ, Harris CM, Coccia C, Young-Clark I,

Lemacks J. Health insurance, psychological processes, and older African Americans’ use of preventative care. J Health Psychol. 2014 Apr; 19(4): 491–502.

O’Neal Walker C, Wickrama KAS, Ralston PA, Ilich-Ernst J, Harris CM, Coccia C, Young-Clark I, Lemacks J. Eating behaviors of older African Americans: An application of the theory of planned behavior. Gerontologist. 2014; 54(2): 211–220.

 Lemacks JL, Liu PY, Shin H, Ralston PA, Ilich JZ. Validation of body adiposity index as a measure of obesity in postmenopausal white women and its comparison with BMI. Menopause. 2012;19(11):1277-9.    

Wickrama KAS, Ralston PA, O’Neal Walker C, Ilich-Ernst J, Harris CM, Coccia C, Young-Clark I, Lemacks J. Life dissatisfaction and eating behaviors among older African Americans: The protective role of social support. J Nutr Health Aging. 2012;16:749-753.

 Maxwell M, Lemacks J, Coccia C, Ralston PA, Ilich J. A student-led project to improve calcium intake and healthy lifestyle in African American communities. Topics of Clin Nutr. 2012;27(1).