Faculty Profile for Dr. Cassandra Maria Johnson

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Dr. Cassandra Maria Johnson
Assistant Professor — School of Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences 280
phone: (512) 245-9196

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Ph.D. (2017) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health

M.S.P.H. (2010) Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health (renamed Texas A&M School of Public Health)

B.S. (2005) Texas A&M University College of Engineering

Teaching Interests

Research methods; ethics and policy

Research Interests

Minority health and health disparities; policy, systems, and environmental interventions; food insecurity; family systems; research methods

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Johnson, C. M., Sharkey, J., & Gomez, L. (2021). Latino fathers as catalistas (agents of change): Strategies for supporting Latino fathers in childhood obesity prevention. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2021.01.014
  • Johnson, C. M., Ammerman, A. S., Adair, L. S., Aiello, A. E., Flax, V. L., Elliott, S., … Bowen, S. K. (2020). The Four Domain Food Insecurity Scale (4D-FIS): Development and evaluation of a complementary food insecurity measure. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 10(6), 1255–1265. https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibaa125
  • Johnson, C. M., Sharkey, J. R., Lackey, M. J., Adair, L. S., Aiello, A. E., Bowen, S. K., … Ammerman, A. S. (2018). Relationship of food insecurity to women’s dietary outcomes: A systematic review. Nutrition Reviews, 76(12), 910–928. https://doi.org/10.1093/nutrit/nuy042
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2012.11.014
  • Sharkey, J. R., Nalty, C., Johnson, C. M., & Dean, W. R. (2012). Children’s very low food security is associated with increased dietary intakes in energy, fat, and added sugar among Mexican-origin children (6-11 y) in Texas border Colonias. BMC Pediatrics, 12, 16. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2431-12-16

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Impact Award, Graduate Education Advancement Board, UNC-Chapel Hill. April 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Gillings Dissertation Award, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill. August 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Inductee, Delta Omega (Honorary Society in Public Health). May 2010
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Health Disparities Scholar 2019, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. August 16, 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Poster Presentation Award for Motivation and Behavior Change Special Interest Group, International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. June 7, 2019

Selected Grants

  • Johnson, Cassandra Maria. New technology for evaluating success in a nutrition intervention with Mexican-heritage children, Research Enhancement Program, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Texas State University, $7022. (Submitted: October 16, 2018, Funded: January 2019 - August 2021). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Member, Leadership Team, Special Interest Group on Socioeconomic Inequalities
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)
May 2020-Present
Monthly Seminar Series - Nutrition & Foods Program
August 30, 2019-Present
Health Equity Research Series
August 19, 2019-Present
First Gen Proud Working Group
August 25, 2020-Present