Katherine Alaimo

Associate Professor

Katherine Alaimo

Ph.D., Cornell University, 2000 M.S., Cornell University, 1997

G. M. Trout FSHN Building, 469 Wilson Rd, Rm 208C, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 353-3412; Lab: (517) 353-3348; Fax: (517) 353-8963

Professional Positions:

2002-2003 - Assistant Research Scientist, Dept. of  Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

2002-2003 - Associate Evaluation Director, Prevention Research Center of Michigan, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

2000-2002 - Community Health Scholar, W. K. Kellogg Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

1991-1999 - Nutritionist, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services, Hyattsville, MD

Research Interests:

Community food security; urban agriculture; policy and environmental supports for promoting healthy eating and physical activity; school nutrition; and community-based participatory research.

Instructional Activities:

HNF 150 – Introduction to Human Nutrition

HNF 824 – Nutrition Policies & Programs

Outreach Focus:

Community Nutrition

Recent Publications:

Lucarelli JF, Alaimo K, et al.  Facilitators to promoting health in schools – is school health climate the key?  Journal of School Health. In press, 2013.

Eisenmann JC, Alaimo K, Pfeiffer K, et al.  Project FIT: Rationale, design and baseline characteristics of a school- and community-based intervention to address physical activity and healthy eating among low-income elementary school children. BMC Public Health 2011:11(1):607.

Alaimo K, Reischl T, Allen JO.  Community gardening, neighborhood meetings and social capital. Journal of Community Psychology 2010;38(4): 497-514.

Izumi B, Alaimo K, Hamm M.  Farm to School Programs: Perspectives of School Food Service Professionals.  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2010; 42(2):83-91.

Allen JO, Alaimo K, Elam D, Perry E.  Growing Vegetables and Values: Benefits of Neighborhood-Based Community Gardens for Youth Development and Nutrition.  Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 2008;3(4):418-439. 

Alaimo, K. “Child hunger in the U.S.: An overview”.  In: Child Poverty in America Today: 2. Health and Medical Care.  Praeger/GreenwoodPublishing Group. 2007.

Alaimo K, Bassett E, Wilkerson R, Smiley M, Warbach J, Hines A, Guzmán L, Krup C, Mosack J*, and Petersmarck K. Design Guidelines For Active Michigan Communities: Imagining, Creating, and Improving Communities for Physical Activity, Active Living, and Recreation. Lansing, MI: Michigan Department of Community Health. 98 pages. May 2006. 

Alaimo K and Hassler D, eds.  From Seeds to Stories:  The Community Garden Storytelling Project of Flint.  Flint Urban Gardening and Land Use Corporation and Prevention Research Center of Michigan.  83 pages. April 2003.