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Jennifer Taylor

BSc, MSc, PhD
Professor; Chair, Department of Applied Human Sciences
Phone: 
(902) 566-0475
Department: 
Applied Human Sciences
Office: 
Health Sciences Building, 331
Education: 
BSc (UPEI)
MSc (Toronto)
PhD (Toronto)

Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on children’s nutritional health, and the environmental factors which influences how children eat, their nutritional status and their risk of obesity and chronic disease. Her current research examines the role of school nutrition policies on children’s eating habits and weight status, and the perceptions of key stakeholders involved in implementing these policies. Other areas of interest include nutrition in early childhood and international nutrition. 

Other activities:

1996-present

  • Adjunct and Graduate Faculty, Department of Health Management, Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI.

2002-present

  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education, UPEI
  • Director, CHART (Children’s Health Applied Research Team), a research group at UPEI which focuses on children’s health and health determinants.

2008

  • CIHR review committee Operating Grant: Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment

2007

  • CIHR review committee: Intervention Research (Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention)
  • Reviewer for Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Journal of School Health, Canadian Journal of Public Health, Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, Public Health Nutrition Journal

July 2008-present

  • President, PEI Healthy Eating Alliance (PEIHEA), Spokesperson and Board member since 2001.
  • Taylor J, McKenna M, Butler G. Monitoring and Evaluating School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies. Canadian Journal of Public Health, Supplement on School Health. Submitted September 2009. Accepted for publication June 2010.
  • Caiger, J, Taylor, J, Giberson, D, MacLellan, D, Sweeney-Nixon, M, Veugelers, P. Nutrient Composition of Children’s Lunches: Differences in Nutritional Quality According to Source of Food Consumed (Home vs. School). Accepted by the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management, February 3, 2010.
  • MacLellan D, Holland A, Taylor J, McKenna M. Barriers and Facilitating Factors in School Nutrition Policy Implementation: Student and Parent Perspectives. Accepted by Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, October, 2009.
  • Mullally M, Taylor J, Kuhle S, Bryanton J, Hernandez K, McKenna M, Gray B, Veugelers P. A Province-Wide School Nutrition Policy and Food Consumption in Elementary School Children on Prince Edward Island Canadian Journal of Public Health, 2010; 101(1): 41-43.
  • MacLellan D, Taylor J, Freeze C. Developing school nutrition policies: enabling and barrier factors. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 2009; 70(4): 162-208.