Katie Martin Research Team

About Katie Martin Research Team

Katie Martin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Public Health, is currently working with her research team on the projects listed below. There are opportunities for involvement for undergraduate and graduate students as research assistants or to conduct research as part of an independent research project for credit.

WIC / Head Start Collaboration


The WIC and Head Start Programs serve similar populations of women and young children, but they do not have a formal partnership.  Through a 3-year grant from the Department of Public Health, Dr. Martin’s research team is piloting and testing a collaboration between staff in the WIC and Head Start programs in three cities, compared to three control cities in CT.  Collaboration efforts include shared nutrition messages, targeted referrals and co-located services. Monthly surveys are conducted to measure levels of collaboration.

More than Food

The More than Food framework is a collaborative effort between Dr. Martin’s research team at USJ, Foodshare, and Urban Alliance.  More than Food is a framework for building capacity in food pantries to more effectively address the root causes of food insecurity.  Building off of the successful evaluation of the Freshplace food pantry program, the goal is to help pantries offer client choice, build connections and create a culture of respect, because it takes more than food to end hunger.  The website (www.ittakesmorethanfood.org) was recently launched to highlight the three components of the framework.

Freshplace Replication

The USJ research team is replicating the Freshplace food pantry model in three additional food pantries in Hartford, one in El Paso, TX, and soon three more pantries in Rhode Island. This is a longitudinal study to measure food security, self-sufficiency, fruit and vegetable consumption, and self-efficacy among food pantry clients.


Supporting Wellness at Pantries (SWAP)

The SWAP program is a nutrition ranking system designed to help promote healthy food choices at food banks and food pantries.  SWAP was created by researchers in the Department of Nutrition and Public Health, including the SNAP-Ed program.  The SWAP system will be tested in six CT food pantries, and is helping to influence a new nutrition system for food banks nationally.


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