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Lanae Hood

Associate Professor, Food and Nutrition

120 Martin

(919) 760-8079


Dr. Lanae B. Hood joined the Department of Nutrition, Health, and Human Performance in 2017. She has a passion for teaching courses related to public health nutrition and food science. Her research focuses on food insecurity, promoting access to healthy foods, community-based participatory research methodology, and health disparities. Currently, she is part of a large research collaboration studying college campus food insecurity in order to design interventions to improve access to healthy, affordable foods for college students. She is also actively involved with the campus food pantry (The Daisy Trade). In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Hood serves as the faculty advisor to the Meredith College Nutrition and Wellness Association, a member of the Meredith College Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee, and a peer reviewer for si FN 124x leading journals. Outside of work, Dr. Hood enjoys learning about homesteading and raising poultry, practicing food preservation skills, and spending time with her family on their mini farm.

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 Credential

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

American Public Health Association

Kappa Omicron Nu


Selected Publications

  1. Olfert MD, Hagedorn RL, Houghtaling B, Esquivel  MK, Hood  LB, MacNell  L, Soldavini J, Berner M, Savoie Roskos  MR, Hingle  MD, Mann  GR, Waity  JF, Knol  L, Walsh J, Kern-Lyons V, Paul  C, Pearson  K, Goetz  JR, Spence  M, Anderson-Steeves  E, Wall-Bassett  ED, Lillis  JP, Kelly  EB, Hege A, Fontenot   MC, & Coleman  P. (2020) Struggling with the Basics: Food and Housing Insecurity Among College Students Across Twenty-Two Colleges and Universities. Journal of American College Health (under review)
  2. Hagedorn RL, Olfert MD, Houghtaling B, Walsh J, Wall-Bassett ED, Waity JF, Soldavini J, Savoie Roskos  MR, Pearson K, Paul C, Mann GR, MacNell L, Lillis JP, Knol L, Kern-Lyons V, Kelly EB, Hood LB, Hingle MD, Hege A, Goetz JE, Fontenot MC, Esquivel MK, Coleman P, & Berner M. College Food Insecurity is Related to Lower Diet Quality and Cooking Self-Efficacy in a Multi-Institutional Investigation. (2020) Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (under review)
  3. Hagedorn RL, Olfert MD, MacNell L Houghtaling  B, Hood LB, Savoie Roskos  MR, Goetz JE, Kern-Lyons V, Knol L, Mann GR, Esquivel MK, Hege A, Walsh J, Pearson K, Berner M, Soldavini J, Anderson-Steeves E, Spence M, Paul C, Waity JF, Wall-Bassett ED, Hingle MD, Kelly EB, Lillis JP, Coleman P, & Fontenot MC. College Student Sleep Quality and Mental and Physical Health are Associated with Food Insecurity in a Multi- Campus Study. (2020) Public Health Nutrition (under review)
  4. Andrews J & Ball L. Effects of the School Calendar on Farmers’ Market Attendance. (2020). Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. First published online January 25, 2020. DOI:
  5. Hagedorn RL, Pompalone AL, Hood LB, Yura CA, Morrow DF, Olfert MD. Higher Education Food Insecurity Toolkit Development and Feedback. (2020) Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(1), 64-72. DOI:
  6. Hagedorn RL, McArthur L, Hood LB, Berner M, Wall-Bassett E, Connell C, Anderson Steeves B, Spence ML, Tidwell D, Waity J, Kelly B, Lillis J, Olfert MD.  Expenditure, Coping, and Academic Behaviors Among Food-Insecure College Students at 10 Higher Education Institutes in the Appalachian and Southeastern Regions. (2019) Current Developments in Nutrition Volume 3, Issue 6, June 2019, nzz058. DOI:
  7. 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. First published online July 6, 2018. DOI:
  8. Hege A, Ball L, Christiana R, Gleason-Wallace C, Hubbard C, Truesdale D, Hege J, & Fleming H. (2018) Social Determinants of Health and the Effects on Quality of Life and Well-being in 2 Rural Appalachia Communities: The Community Members Perspective and Implications for Health Disparities. Family and Community Health. Volume 41, Issue 4, 244-254. DOI: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000201
  9. 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. Volume 19, Issue 6. First Published Online November 23, 2017. DOI:

Featured by Health Promotion Practice Journal as a “best paper” in the Program Planning and Evaluation Reading List (2019).

10. 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:

The above study is included in a report by the Government Accountability Office:

Food Insecurity: Better Information Could Help Eligible College Students Access Federal Food Assistance Benefits. GAO-19-95: Published: Dec 21, 2018. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2019.

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