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Dr. Cassandra Johnson

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Dr. Cassandra Johnson

Assistant Professor
PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phone: (512)245-9196
Office: FCS 280


Dr. Johnson wants to make it easier for more Texans to access the nutritious foods they need for healthy and active lives. In 2008, she transitioned into public health nutrition after graduating with an engineering degree and working as a consultant engineer. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on understanding and addressing diet-related health disparities for rural and underserved communities, including low-income and Latino families. Currently, she has two main projects: 1) a food insecurity measurement project and 2) a novel family program to strengthen families and encourage father involvement and co-participation in nutrition and physical activities for Latino families in South Texas. Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Foods at Texas State University. She earned a PhD in Nutrition from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), a MSPH in Social and Behavioral Health from the Texas A & M School of Rural Public Health (renamed Texas A & M School of Public Health), and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Texas A & M University.

Research Interests

  • Food insecurity
  • Health disparities
  • Maternal and child health and well-being
  • Family systems
  • Research methods and measurement

Selected Publications

  • Johnson, C. M., Sharkey, J. S., Lackey, M. J., Adair, L. S., Aiello, A. E., Bowen, S. K., Fang, W., Flax, V. L, & Ammerman, A. S. (2018). A systematic literature review relating food insecurity to women’s dietary outcomes. Nutrition Reviews. Advance online publication. doi:10.1093/nutrit/nuy042
  • Johnson, C. M., Henderson, M. S., Tripicchio, G., Rozin, P., Heo, M., Pietrobelli, A., … Faith, M. S. (2018). Observed parent-child feeding dynamics in relation to child body mass index and adiposity. Pediatric Obesity, 13(4), 222-231. doi:10.1111/ijpo.12209
  • Johnson, C. M., Sharkey, J. R., Dean, W. R., St John, J. A., & Castillo, M. (2013). Promotoras as research partners to engage health disparity communities. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 113(5), 638-642. doi:0.1016/j.jand.2012.11.014
  • Johnson, C. M., Sharkey, J. R., & Dean, W. R. (2011). It’s all about the children: A participant-driven photo-elicitation study of Mexican-origin mothers’ food choices. BMC Women’s Health, 11, 41. doi:10.1186/1472-6874-11-41

Courses Currently Teaching

  • FCS 5310 Research Methods


Contact Information

Office - FCS 280
Phone: 512-245-9196