Jung Sun Lee, Ph.D., RD

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

Associate Professor and Faculty of Gerontology

Address:
129 Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

E-Mail:

workOffice Phone: 706-542-6783

Fax: 706-542-5059

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Postdoctoral Fellow Geriatric Medicine/Public Health University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D. Community Nutrition Cornell University
Dietetic Internship University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside Hospital
M.S. Food and Nutrition Seoul National University
B.S. Food and Nutrition Seoul National University

Research

My research examines nutritional health issues in low-income population with a focus on food insecurity, food environments, healthcare utilization, program evaluation of community-based nutrition interventions, and nutrition policy. My research uses multidisciplinary approaches, and both quantitative and qualitative research methods. I have been conducting studies to better understand the extent and nature of food insecurity, to improve the capacity of food and nutrition assistance programs, and to establish research methodology and datasets to examine the nutrition issues in human services including aging services, healthcare, and public assistance to meet the needs of low-income Georgians. For more information about my research and the UGA SNAP-Ed project, visit the Community Nutrition Laboratory.

Current Research

Since I joined the University of Georgia (UGA), I have developed the Georgia Advanced Performance Outcomes Measures Project (GA Advanced POMP) which is the first study to test the feasibility of innovative research methods to improve program evaluation as part of administrative processes based on the partnership between GA Aging Services Network and UGA. I have been leading the Georgia CAFE (Community Advocacy to Access Food Stamps for the Elderly and Disabled) project since 2011, the first-ever SNAP application assistance model in Georgia to enhance coordination, access, and participation in SNAP for low-income older Georgians based on collaborations among the UGA, the Georgia Legal Services Program, and Georgia Division of Family and Children Services in around 30 urban and rural counties in Georgia. I have also established the UGA SNAP-Ed project, which provides an innovative, multi-level nutrition education and obesity prevention intervention to SNAP-Ed eligible adult Georgian population using existing/augmented network and practice of the UGA Cooperative Extension Services (CES) since 2013.

Teaching

  • FDNS4560/6560 Nutrition, Health, and Aging
  • FDNS4540/6540 Public Health Dietetics
  • FDNS4070/6070 Research Methodology in Human Foods and Nutrition

Outreach

Read about the Georgia CAFE and UGA SNAP-Ed project on the Community Nutrition Laboratory page.

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Nutrition
  • Aging
  • Epidemiology
  • Program Evaluation
  • Food insecurity
  • Food Assistance Programs

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill/ Department of Biostatistics/ Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center Research Investigator 2004-2006
University of Pittsburgh/Department of Epidemiology Research Associate 2003-2005

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Health Promotion Policy Award (as part of the Georgia CAFE) Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Advisory Committee on Public Policy 2016
Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Extension and Outreach Faculty Award University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2016
Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Faculty Research Award University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2014
University of Georgia Nominee for the 2014 Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award (as part of the Athens Senior Hunger Coalition) University of Georgia 2014
Summer Research Award University of Georgia 2014
C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement National Outreach Scholarship Examplary Program Award (as part of the Athens Senior Hunger Coalition). Association of Public and Land Grant Universities 2013
Summer Research Award University of Georgia 2013
Teacher of the Year University of Georgia, Department of Foods and Nutrition 2010
Delta Sigma Gamma Junior Research Award University of Georgia Delta Sigma Gamma Chapter 2010

Journal Articles

Selected  (2012-Present; * First or Corresponding Author)

Bailey, C., Lee, J. S*. (2017). Overweight and Obesity, Weight Perception, and Weight Management Practices among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Participants in Georgia. J Nutr Educ Behav (in Press)

Stotz, S., Lee, J. S.* (2017). Development of an online nutrition education eLearning program targeted to SNAP-Ed eligible adults. J Nutr Educ Behav (In Press)

Bagwell Adams, B., Lee, J. S., Bhargava, V., Super, D. (2017). Offsetting the Effects of Medical Expenses on Low-Income Households’ Food Budgets: An Analysis of the Standard Medical Expense Deduction. Gerontologist (In Press).

Bhargava, V., Lee, J. S., (2017). Food insecurity and healthcare utilization among older adults. J Appl Gerontol (In press).

Shannon, J., Shannon, S., Bagwell-Adams, G, Lee, J. S. (2016). Growth in SNAP retailers was associated with increased client enrollment in Georgia during the great recession. Health Affairs, 35(11): 2100-2108.

Stotz, S., Lee, J. S.*, Rong, H., Murray, D. (2016). Nutrition educators’ perceptions on the feasibility of an online eLearning nutrition education program for low-income Georgians. Health Promotion Practice. (18)1; 150-157.

Bhargava, V., Lee, J. S. (2016). Food insecurity and healthcare utilization in older adults in the United States. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatrics.Jul-Sep;35(3):177-92.

Myles, T., Starr, K. N. P., Johnson, K. B., Lee, J. S., Fischer, J. G., Johnson, M. A. (2016). Food insecurity and eating behavior relationships among congregate meal participants in Georgia. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatrics, 35 (1):32-42.

Lee, J. S., Shannon, J. Brown, A. (2015). Characteristics of Older Georgians Receiving Older Americans Act Nutrition Program and Other Home and Community-Based Services. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatrics, 34(2), 168-188. Available at http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/xVUchB5Xfhr3gnXEQmtn/full.

Kim, M. H., Johnson, M.A., Lee, J. S. (2015). Factors associated with osteoporosis in Korean postmenopausal women: Data from the fourth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009. J Am Coll Nutr, 31,1-8.

Sattler, E. L. P., Lee, J. S., Young, H. N. (2015). Factors associated with inpatient hospital (re)admissions in Medicare beneficiaries in need of food assistance. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatrics, 34(2), 228-244.

Shannon, J., Lee, J. S., Holloway, S., Brown, A., Bell, J. (2015). Evaluating the relationship between food access, urban environment, and food security in Georgia’s older population. Applied Geography, 60, 224-229.

Koyama, A., Houston, D.K., Simonsick, E.M., Lee, J. S., Ayonayon, H. N., Shahar, D. R., Rosano, C., Satterfield, S., Yaffe, K. (2015). Association between the Mediterranean diet and cognitive decline in a biracial population. J Gerontol: Med Science, 70(3), 352-7.

Sattler, E. L. P., Lee, J. S.*, Bhargava, V. (2014). Food insecurity and medication adherence in low-income older Medicare beneficiaries with type 2 diabetes. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatrics, 33(4), 401-417.

Lee, H. J., Park, S. S., Kim, C. I., Choi, D. W., Lee, J. S., Oh, S. M., Cho, E. Y., Park, H.K., Kwon, W.I., Oh, S. W.(2013). The association between disturbed eating behavior and socioeconomic status: The Online Korean Adolescent Panel Survey (OnKAPS). PLOS ONE, 8(3), e57800.

Sattler, E. L. P., Lee, J.S.*, Perri, M. (2013). Medication (re)fill adherence measures derived from pharmacy claims data in older Americans: A review of the literature. Drugs and Aging, 30, 383-399.

Sattler, E. L. P., Lee, J. S.* (2013). Persistent food insecurity with higher levels of cost-related medication non-adherence in low-income older Georgians. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatrics, 32(1), 41-58.

Lee, J. S.*(2013). Food insecurity and healthcare costs: Research strategies using local, state, and national data sources for older adults. Adv Nutr, 4(1), 42-50.

Shahar, D. R., Houston, D. K., Hue, T. F., Lee, J. S., Sahyoun, N. R., Tylavsky, F. A., Geva, D., Vardi, H., Harris, T. B. (2012). Adherence to Mediterranean diet and decline in walking speed over 8 years in community-dwelling older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc, 60(10), 1881-8.

Bhargava, V., Lee, J. S.*, Jain, R., Johnson, M. A., Brown, A. (2012). Food insecurity is negatively associated with home health and out-of-pocket expenditures in older adults. J Nutr, 142(10), 1888-1895.

Lee, J. S.*, Gundersen, C., Cook, J., Laraia, B., Johnson, M. A. (2012). Food insecurity and health across the lifespan. Adv Nutr, 3(5), 744-745.

Miller, S. E., Lee, J. S., Berle, D. (2012). Sustainability and community engagement from the ground up: An interdisciplinary service-learning after-school garden program. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD), 2(3), 121-135.

Rigby, S., Leone, A. M., Kim, H., Betterley, C., Johnson, M. A., Kurtz, H., Lee, J. S.* (2012). Food deserts in Leon County, FL: Disparate distribution of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program accepting stores by neighborhood characteristics. J Nutr Educ Behav, 44(6), 539-547.

Bentley, A. R., Kritchevsky, S. B., Harris, T. B., Holboet, P., Jensen, R, L., Newman, A. B., Lee, J. S., Yende, S., Bauer, D., Cassano, P. A. for the Health ABC study. (2012). Dietary antioxidants and FEV1 decline: the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. Eur Respir J, 39(4), 979-984.

Anderson, A. L., Harris, T. B., Tylavsky, F. A., Perry, S. E., Houston, D. J., Lee, J. S., Kanaya, A. M., Sahyoun, N. R. (2012). Dietary patterns, insulin sensitivity, and inflammation in older adults. Eur J Clin Nutr, 66(1), 18-24.

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Editorial Board Member Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics 2008-
Editorial Board Member Nutrition Research and Practice 2007-2011

Publications

Bender, A., Lee, J.S., Kim, H., Kurtz, H. (2013). Community food assessment project: Mapping food availability and cost for a weekly regional menu based on the USDA Thrifty Food Plan. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practitioners Group (Eds.), “Teaching food systems and sustainability in nutrition education and dietetic training: Lessons for educators”. 

Bender, A., Lee, J. S., Kim, H., Kurtz, H. Developing a regional weekly menu plan based on the USDA Thrifty Food Plan. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practitioners Group (Eds.), “Teaching food systems and sustainability in nutrition education and dietetic training: Lessons for educators”. p68-80

Kurtz, H., Bender, A., Lee, J. S., Kim, H. Surveying food retail outlets for cost of Thrifty Food Basket. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practitioners Group (Eds.), “Teaching food systems and sustainability in nutrition education and dietetic training: Lessons for educators”. P81-83

Lee, J. S., Bender, A., Kim, H., Kurtz, H. Analyzing food store survey data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practitioners Group (Eds.), “Teaching food systems and sustainability in nutrition education and dietetic training: Lessons for educators”. P84-85

Books

Fischer, J. G., Johnson, M. A., Lee, J. S. (2014). Nutrition and Healthy Eating in Older Adulthood. In Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion, T. P. Gullotta and M. Bloom (Ed.), Springer Reference.

Working Papers

Hagues, R., Stotz, S., Childers, A., Lee, J. S.*, Phua, J., Hibbs, J., Murray, D. (2016). Nutrition education for low-income population through social marketing: Insight from Cooperative Extension Agents (Under review).

Hagues, R., Childers, A., Lee, J. S.*, Phua, J. (2016). Nutrition education for low-income population through social marketing: Insight from SNAP-Ed eligible participants (Under review).

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