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Lanae Hood

Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition

120 Martin Hall
(919) 760-8079
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Dr. Lanae B. Hood joined the Department of Nutrition, Health, and Human Performance in 2017. She has a passion for teaching courses related to community nutrition and food science. Her research focuses on food insecurity, promoting access to healthy foods, and community-based participatory research methodology. Currently, her research projects include 1) the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (HEN) Garden Lab Program, 2) campus food insecurity prevalence and food coping strategies among universities in the southeastern U.S., and 3) improving food security in rural and faith-based communities. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Hood currently serves as the faculty advisor to the Meredith College Nutrition and Wellness Association and is a member of the Meredith College Institutional Review Board. Outside of work, Dr. Hood enjoys cooking and food preservation, spending time with her son, and playing in Dominion League tournaments.

Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D in Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.S. in Nutrition, Meredith College
  • B.A. in Political Science, Wheaton College (Massachusetts)

Professional Credentials

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

American Public Health Association

Kappa Omicron Nu


Selected Publications

  1. Ball L, Andrews J, Gruber K, & Dharod J. (2018) Implementation of a WIC Clinic Farmers’ Market Improves Accessibility and Consumption of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Among WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Participants. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. (In Press)
  2. Hege A, Ball L, Christiana R, Gleason-Wallace C, Hubbard C, & Truesdale D. (2018) Barriers to Food Access, Health, and Well-being in Rural Communities: The Community Members’ Perspectives. Family and Community Health. Volume 41, Issue 4, 244-254. DOI: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000201
  3. Ball L, McCauley A, Paul T, Dharod J, Gruber K, & Haldeman L. (2017) Evaluating the Implementation of a Farmers’ Market Targeting WIC FMNP Participants. Health Promotion Practice Journal. First Published Online November 23, 2017. DOI:
  4. McArthur L, Ball L, Holbert D, & Danek A. (2017) A High Prevalence of Food Insecurity Among University Students in Appalachia Reflects a Need for Educational Interventions and Policy Advocacy. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Volume 50, Issue 6, 564 – 572. DOI:


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