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School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
School of Education

Dr. Jennifer Zuercher

Assistant Professor

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PhD, 2009, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA, 1998, Syracuse University
BA, 1995, State University of New York at Geneseo

Weight management, the use of technology to promote behavior change, qualitative methodology


2626 Lukas Annex, Vadalabene Center


About Dr. Zuercher

Dr. Zuercher is an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Nutrition program at SIUE. She obtained her Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. She completed her master’s degree and Dietetic Internship at Syracuse University and has worked as a Registered Dietitian in research as well as in community, corporate, and university settings.

Research Profile:

Dr. Zuercher's research interest focuses on improving dietary and related health behaviors at periods of life transition. Specifically, she is interested in working with college students to promote healthier choices using mobile technology as a means of providing feedback and support. Additionally, Dr. Zuercher is interested in addressing weight management in the post-partum period as a means of reducing obesity and overweight both among the mother and her family.

Dr. Zuercher currently teaches Food Science (NUTR 205) and Food and Culture (NUTR 210).

Representative Publications:

Zuercher JL and Kranz S. Toddlers and preschoolers consume more dietary fiber when high-fiber lunch items are served. Childhood Obesity, 8(1): 71-75, 2012.

Zuercher JL. College Eating 101: Factors influencing students’ food decisions. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health. 5(1), 2012.

Zuercher J, Wagstaff D, Kranz S.  Associations of food group and nutrient intake as well as diet quality between adults and children in a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. Nutrition Journal. 2011; 10:131.

Zuercher JL, Grace E, Kranz S. Comparing Diet Quality in Child Care Center Menus. Childhood Obesity. 2011. 7(5): 392-399.

Styles JL, Meier A, Sutherland LA, Campbell MK.  Parent and Caregiver Concerns about Obesity in Young Children: A Qualitative Study.  Fam Community Health. 2007; 30(4): 279-295.

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