Jaime Foster

Graduate Student, Nutritional Sciences (Affiliate)


Research Overview

I am a Registered Dietitian, pursuing my PhD in Nutritional Sciences. My areas of experience and expertise include community nutrition, with a particular focus on low income/ limited resource families. I am particularly interested in ways that the federal and state governments can enhance execution of nutrition assistance programs to improve efficacy measured by health outcomes and nutrition and physical activity related behaviors of participants. My previous research focused on low income pairs of mothers and fathers of preschool aged children, household food security status, participation in nutrition assistance programs and feeding style. I have also helped execute interventions in a daycare setting regarding nutrition and physical activity for preschool aged children and a separate intervention targeting specifically fathers. I plan to investigate effective avenues to target parents, particularly fathers of preschool aged children, using novel techniques including social media.

Education

BS, 2012, Dietetics, Department of Allied Health Sciences, UConn
RD, 2012

MS, 2014, Community Nutrition, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UConn

Featured Publications

1. Vollmer R.L., Adamsons K., Gorin A., Foster J.S., Mobley A.R. Investigating the relationship of body mass index, diet quality, and physical activity level between fathers and preschool age children. J Acad Nutr Diet (accepted December 2014).

2. Foster J.S., Adamsons K., Vollmer R.L., Mobley A.R. Is Nutrition Assistance Program Participation or Food Security Status Associated with Parental Feeding Style or Child Body Mass Index? (under review)

3. Chea M., Foster J.S., Mobley A.R. Accuracy of Consumers’ Ability in Identifying Whole Grains Foods: Implications for Policy Change (accepted, Experimental Biology, March 2015)

4. Foster J.S., Adamsons K., Vollmer R.L., Mobley A.R. Is Nutrition Assistance Program Participation or Food Security Status Associated with Parental Feeding Style or Child Body Mass Index? (accepted, Experimental Biology, March 2015)

5. Vollmer R.L., Adamsons K., Foster J.S., Mobley A.R. Are Fathers’ Feeding Practices Associated with Preschool Age Children’s Diet Quality, Eating Behavior, or Weight? (accepted, Experimental Biology, March 2015)

6. Vollmer R.L., Adamsons K., Foster J.S., Mobley A.R. Do Low-income Mothers and Fathers of Preschool Children Share Similar Concerns and Perception about Their Child’s Body Weight? (accepted, Experimental Biology, March 2015)

7. Vollmer R.L., Adamsons K., Gorin A., Smith J.S.*, Mobley A.R. Investigating the relationship of body mass index, diet quality, and physical activity level between fathers and their preschool age children. The Obesity Society (November, 2014)

8. Mobley A.R., Adamsons K., Vollmer R.L., Rose A., Smith, J. S.* Is it time for father-focused childhood obesity prevention programs for low-income families? A needs assessment and feasibility study. FASEB J. April 28, 2014: 808.19.

9. Smith J.S.*, Contreras D., Gold A., Keim A., Oscarson R., Peters P., Procter S., Remig V., Smathers C., Mobley A.R. What nutrition and physical activity policies and practices are most lacking in early childhood centers within rural communities? FASEB J. April 28, 2014: 808.20.

*Smith is maiden name

Contact Information
Emailjaime.foster@uconn.edu
Phone860.486.3681
Mailing AddressDepartment of Nutritional Sciences
3624 Horsebarn Road Extension Unit 4017
Storrs, CT 06269-4017