Katherine Alaimo, PhD

Food Science & Human Nutrition

 Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Katherines research program is aimed at creating safe, healthy and just community school environments that promote and encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and community food security. Current projects she's working on include: health and social benefits of urban agriculture and community gardens, policies and environments to promote nutrition and physical activity among elementary and middle school students. She has been trained in methodologies from various fields, including epidemiology, anthropology, sociology, and is able to draw upon these diverse methods to find answers to research questions.

There are two organizing principles of her work. The first is community-based participatory research (CBPR).  The second organizing principle is that people are more likely to be healthy and practice healthy behaviors within supportive environments. In essence, all of the work she does is toward making it easier for people of ages, incomes, race-ethnicities, genders, and class to be healthy.