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Jung Sun Lee

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences; Faculty of Gerontology

143 Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

leejs@uga.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Postdoctoral Fellow Geriatric Medicine/Public Health University of Pittsburgh 2003
Ph.D. Community Nutrition Cornell University 2002
Dietetic Internship University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside Hospital 2001
M.S. Food and Nutrition Seoul National University 1994
B.S. Food and Nutrition Seoul National University 1992

Research

My research examines nutritional health issues in low-income population with a focus on food insecurity, food environments, healthcare utilization, program evaluation of community-based nutrition interventions, and nutrition policy. My research uses multidisciplinary approaches, and both quantitative and qualitative research methods. I have been conducting studies to better understand the extent and nature of food insecurity, to improve the capacity of food and nutrition assistance programs, and to establish research methodology and datasets to examine the nutrition issues in human services including aging services, healthcare, and public assistance to meet the needs of low-income Georgians. For more information about my research and the UGA SNAP-Ed project, visit the Community Nutrition Laboratory.

Teaching

  • FDNS4540/6540 Public Health Dietetics
  • FDNS4070/6070 Research Methodology in Human Foods and Nutrition
  • FDNS4560/6560 Nutrition, Health, and Aging

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill/ Department of Biostatistics/ Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center Research Investigator 2004-2006
University of Pittsburgh/Department of Epidemiology Research Associate 2003-2005

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Editorial Board Member Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics 2008-
Editorial Board Member Nutrition Research and Practice 2007-2011; 2020-

Outreach

Read about the Georgia CAFE and UGA SNAP-Ed project on the Community Nutrition Laboratory page.

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Nutrition
  • Aging
  • Epidemiology
  • Program Evaluation
  • Food insecurity
  • Food Assistance Programs

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Program Excellence Through Research Award 1st Place National Winner and 1st Place Southern Region Winner, as part of the University of Georgia SNAP-Ed (A Systematic Evaluation guides the development of UGA SNAP-Ed Social Marketing) National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2020
UGA Athletic Association Professorship University of Georgia 2019
Program Social Media- Online Video Category Award 3rd Place Southern Region Winner and 1st State Winner, as part of the University of Georgia SNAP-Ed (“Sweet Deceit”) National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 2018
Faculty Poster Award Georgia CTSA Conference 2018
Chris Todd Outstanding Outreach Award (as part of UGA SNAP-Ed) University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2017
Joint Korean Society of Community Nutrition and Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s Achievement Award Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior 2017
Nutrition Education and Behavioral Science Research Interest Group Mid Career Award American Society for Nutrition 2017
Health Promotion Policy Award (as part of Georgia CAFE) Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Advisory Committee on Public Policy 2016
Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Extension and Outreach Faculty Award University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2016
Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Faculty Research Award University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2014
University of Georgia Nominee for the 2014 Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award (as part of the Athens Senior Hunger Coalition) University of Georgia 2014
Summer Research Award University of Georgia 2014
C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement National Outreach Scholarship Examplary Program Award (as part of the Athens Senior Hunger Coalition). Association of Public and Land Grant Universities 2013
Summer Research Award University of Georgia 2013
Teacher of the Year University of Georgia, Department of Foods and Nutrition 2010
Delta Sigma Gamma Junior Research Award University of Georgia Delta Sigma Gamma Chapter 2010
 

Books

Stotz, S., Lee, J. S. (2020). Food eTalk: Culturally Responsive Focus Group Example. In Focus Groups: Culturally Responsive Approaches for Qualitative Inquiry and Program Evaluation, J. Hall., Myers Education Press.

Fischer, J. G., Johnson, M. A., Lee, J. S. (2014). Nutrition and Healthy Eating in Older Adulthood. In Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion, T. P. Gullotta and M. Bloom (Ed.), Springer Reference.

Current Research

Since I joined the University of Georgia (UGA), I have developed the Georgia Advanced Performance Outcomes Measures Project (GA Advanced POMP) which is the first study to test the feasibility of innovative research methods to improve program evaluation as part of administrative processes based on the partnership between GA Aging Services Network and UGA. I have been leading the Georgia CAFE (Community Advocacy to Access Food Stamps for the Elderly and Disabled) project since 2011, the first-ever SNAP application assistance model in Georgia to enhance coordination, access, and participation in SNAP for low-income older Georgians based on collaborations among the UGA, the Georgia Legal Services Program, and Georgia Division of Family and Children Services in around 30 urban and rural counties in Georgia. I have also established the UGA SNAP-Ed project, which provides an innovative, multi-level nutrition education and obesity prevention intervention to SNAP-Ed eligible adult Georgian population using existing/augmented network and practice of the UGA Cooperative Extension Services (CES) since 2013.

Journal Articles

Selected  (2013-Present; * First or Corresponding Author)

Wei, Y.,  Shannon, J., Lee, J. S. (2021). Impact of grocery store proximity on store preference among Atlanta SNAP-Ed participants. J Nutr Educ Behav (In Press).

Walker, T. A., Lee, J. S. (2020). Exploratory study of changes in key food purchasing practices of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-eligible older adults following SNAP benefit receipt. Transl Behav Med, 10:1286-1296.

Ryan-Ibarra, S., DeLisio, A., Bang, H., Omolola, A., Bhargava, V., Franck, K., Funderburk, K., Lee, J. S., Palmer, S., Sneed, C. (2020). The U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education improves nutrition-related behaviors. J Nutr Science, 9 (e44).

Stotz, S., Thompson, J. J., Bhargava, V., Scarrow, A., Lee, J. S. (2020). Feasibility of eLearning nutrition education and supplemental locally-grown produce dissemination model: Perspectives from key stakeholders. J Hunger Environ Nutr. https://doi.org/10.1080/19320248.2020.1768998.

Cotwright, C. J., Bradley, H., Celestin, N., Lee, J. S., Hall, J., Stotz, S., Birch, L. (2020). Determining eLearning Preferences to Inform Beverage Policy Training for Georgia Child Care Providers. J Nutr Educ Behav. 52(7):732-741. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2020.02.020.

Stotz, S. A., Sanville, L., Cotwright, C., Reed, R., Habibi, M., Lee, J. S. (2019). Development of a healthful weight management nutrition education curriculum for low-income adults. J Extension, 57(5):#5IAW4.

Stotz, S. A., Thompson, J. J., Bhargava, V., Scarrow, A., Capitano, K., Lee, J.S. (2019). A supplemental produce and eLearning nutrition education program for Georgians who utilize safety-net clinics for their healthcare: Experiences from participants. J Nutr Educ Behav, 52:1099-1106.

Stotz, S. +, Lee, J. S.*, Rong, H., Murray, D. (2019). An eLearning nutrition education program for low-income adults: Perspectives of key stakeholders. J Extension, 57(1):#1RIB5.

Shannon, J., Bagwell-Adams, G., Shannon, S., Lee, J. S., Wei, Y. (2018). The mobility of food retailers: how proximity to SNAP authorized food retailers changed in Atlanta during the Great Recession. Soc Science Med, 209: 125-135. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.05.046.

Hague, R., Stotz, S., Childers, A., Phua, J., Hibbs, J., Murray, D., Lee, J. S. (2018). Social Marketing Nutrition Education for Low-Income Population. Soc Work in Public Hlth, 33(5):317-328. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2018.1469065.

Shannon, S., Shannon, J., Bagwell-Adams, G, Lee, J. S. (2018). SNAP benefit levels and enrollment rates by race and place: Evidence from Georgia, 2007-2013. J Hunger Environ Nutr (In press). doi: 10.1080/19320248.2018.1465002.

Stotz ,S., Lee, J. S.* (2018). Development of an online smartphone-based eLearning nutrition education program for low-income individuals. J Nutr Educ Behav, 50 (1):90-95.

Bailey, C., Lee, J. S.* (2017). Overweight and obesity, weight perception, and weight management practices among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) participants in Georgia: A Needs Assessment. J Nutr Educ Behav, 49(5):422-426.

Adams, G. B., Lee, J. S., Bhargava, V., Super, D. (2017). Offsetting the effects of medical expenses on low-income households’ food budgets: An analysis of the Standard Medical Expense Deduction. The Gerontologist, 57 (2): 359-366.

Bhargava, V., Lee, J. S. (2017). Food insecurity and health care utilization among older adults. J Appl Gerontol, 36(12):1415-1431.

Bhargava, V., Lee, J. S. (2016). Food insecurity and healthcare utilization in older adults in the U. S. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatrics, Jul-Sep;35(3):177-92.

Lee, J. S., Shannon, J. Brown, A. (2015). Characteristics of Older Georgians Receiving Older Americans Act Nutrition Program and Other Home and Community-Based Services. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatrics, 34(2), 168-188.

Sattler, E. L. P., Lee, J. S., Young, H. N. (2015). Factors associated with inpatient hospital (re)admissions in Medicare beneficiaries in need of food assistance. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatrics, 34(2), 228-244.

Shannon, J., Lee, J. S., Holloway, S., Brown, A., Bell, J. (2015). Evaluating the relationship between food access, urban environment, and food security in Georgia’s older population. Applied Geography, 60, 224-229.

Sattler, E. L. P., Lee, J. S.*, Bhargava, V. (2014). Food insecurity and medication adherence in low-income older Medicare beneficiaries with type 2 diabetes. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatrics, 33(4), 401-417.

Lee, J. S.*(2013). Food insecurity and healthcare costs: Research strategies using local, state, and national data sources for older adults. Adv Nutr, 4(1), 42-50.

Publications

Bender, A., Lee, J.S., Kim, H., Kurtz, H. (2013). Community food assessment project: Mapping food availability and cost for a weekly regional menu based on the USDA Thrifty Food Plan. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practitioners Group (Eds.), “Teaching food systems and sustainability in nutrition education and dietetic training: Lessons for educators”. 

Bender, A., Lee, J. S., Kim, H., Kurtz, H. Developing a regional weekly menu plan based on the USDA Thrifty Food Plan. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practitioners Group (Eds.), “Teaching food systems and sustainability in nutrition education and dietetic training: Lessons for educators”. p68-80

Kurtz, H., Bender, A., Lee, J. S., Kim, H. Surveying food retail outlets for cost of Thrifty Food Basket. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practitioners Group (Eds.), “Teaching food systems and sustainability in nutrition education and dietetic training: Lessons for educators”. P81-83

Lee, J. S., Bender, A., Kim, H., Kurtz, H. Analyzing food store survey data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practitioners Group (Eds.), “Teaching food systems and sustainability in nutrition education and dietetic training: Lessons for educators”. P84-85

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