- Valerie Tarasuk’s research aims to elucidate the scope of household food insecurity, policy, and programmatic responses in Canada. Her work has included: studies of food banks and food bank users; homeless youth and community responses to the food needs of homeless and under-housed individuals; a study of housing, neighbourhood characteristics, and food access among low-income Toronto families; an examination of meal services in Salvation Army shelters; and, analyses of population survey data to elucidate the health, nutritional, and sociodemographic correlates of household food insecurity in Canada.
- Currently, she leads a large, interdisciplinary program of research designed to identify effective policy interventions for the reduction of household food insecurity in Canada. This work is supported by a CIHR Programmatic Grant to Tackle Health and Health Equity.
- With research interests extending to population-level dietary assessment, the application and interpretation of Dietary Reference Intakes, recent work in this area includes a series of studies to examine the population health implications of discretionary food fortification (led by doctoral candidate, Jocelyn Sacco) – a broad-based study on nutrition-related food marketing in Canadian supermarkets and nutrition inequities in Canada.
Valerie Tarasuk PhD
Department of Nutritional Sciences
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