Department of Sociology

Jennifer Di Noia

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Office: Raubinger 414
Phone: (973) 720-3714
Email: dinoiaj@wpunj.edu
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Department: Sociology
Position: Professor

Jennifer Di Noia holds an MSW and PhD in Social Welfare from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Her research is identifying effective approaches to improve dietary behaviors among members of minority and underserved populations. With a focus on adolescents, she has studied factors influencing food choice, examined approaches for assessing dietary intake and hypothesized determinants of intake, and developed and tested interventions to promote healthful dietary practices. Dr. Di Noia is a peer reviewer for several public health and nutrition journals. She is also a peer reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and past Chair of the NIH Risk Prevention and Health Behavior Across the Lifespan Special Emphasis Panel.

Research Interests

Nutrition, health promotion, health behavior change, and health disparities

Di Noia’s ResearchGate and NCBI Bibliography

Illustrative Editorial and Media Coverage

Hébert, J. R. (2016). Social desirability trait: Biaser or driver of self-reported dietary intake? Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 116(12), 1895-1898. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2016.08.007

WPU Office of Sponsored Programs: Dr. Jennifer Di Noia from the Department of Sociology in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences received a $274,967 Award from the USDA Center for Collaborative Research on WIC Nutrition Education Innovations at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine (CNRC WIC Center)

USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center: Collaborative Research on WIC Nutrition Education Innovations

Time Magazine: 41 Superfoods Ranked by How Healthy they Are

JAMA: Watercress is the Winner

American Institute for Cancer Research: Powerhouse Fruit and Vegetable Rankings: Eat Your Watercress (and Blueberries too!)

Washington Post: Watercress Tops List of 'Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables.' Who Knew?

Huffington Post: Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables Ranked in Order of Nutrition

Men’s Fitness Magazine: "Superfoods" Smackdown!

WPU News: William Paterson University Professor's Research Defines List of "Powerhouse" Fruits and Vegetables

WPU Broadcast Studios: Superfoods List Defined by William Paterson University Professor

WCBS-AM Radio: William Paterson University Professor Talks Fruits and Vegetables

WPU e-Focus newsletter: Faculty Research by Professors Corey Bach, Jennifer Di Noia, and Jason Wicke Draws National Attention

WPU News: The Star-Ledger Highlights Professor Di Noia's List of Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables

Representative Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Di Noia, J., Monica, D., Cullen, K. W., & Thompson, D. (2017). Perceived influences on farmers’ market use among urban, WIC-enrolled women. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41, 618-629. doi:https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.41.5.11

Di Noia, J., Monica, D., Sikorskii, A., & Cullen, K. W. (2017). Outcomes of a randomized controlled trial of nutrition education to promote farmers’ market fruit and vegetable purchases and consumption among women enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). BMC Nutrition, 3, 48. doi: 10.1186/s40795-017-0172-0

Di Noia, J., Cullen, K. W., & Monica, D. (2016). Social desirability trait is associated with self-reported vegetable intake among women enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 116, 1942-1950. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2016.07.008

Di Noia, J., Monica, D., Gray, H. L., & Cullen, K. W. (2016). The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Fresh Start randomized controlled trial: Baseline participant characteristics and reliability of measures. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 116, 1899-1913. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2016.07.020

Di Noia, J., Monica, D., Cullen, K. W., Perez-Escamilla, R., Gray, H. L., & Sikorskii, A. (2016). Differences in fruit and vegetable intake by race/ethnicity and by Hispanic origin and nativity among women in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, 2015. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13. doi:10.5888/pcd13.160130

Di Noia, J., & Cullen, K. W. (2015). Fruit and vegetable attitudes, norms, and intake in low-income youth. Health Education & Behavior, 42, 775-782. doi:10.1177/1090198115578752

Di Noia, J. (2015). Features of dietary support networks in economically disadvantaged youth. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 2, 203-209. doi:10.14485/HBPR.2.3.4

Di Noia, J., Monica, D., Cullen, K. W., & Sikorskii, A. (2015). A randomized controlled trial of nutrition education to promote farmers’ market fruit and vegetable purchases and consumption among women enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Rationale and design of the WIC Fresh Start program. BMC Nutrition, 1, 33. doi:10.1186/s40795-015-0032-8

Di Noia, J. (2014). Defining powerhouse fruits and vegetables: A nutrient density approach. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11. doi:10.5888/pcd11.130390

Di Noia, J., & Byrd-Bredbenner, C. (2014). Determinants of fruit and vegetable intake in low-income children and adolescents. Nutrition Reviews, 72, 575-590. doi:10.1111/nure.12126

Di Noia J., Orr, L., & Byrd-Bredbenner, C. (2014). Residential summer camp intervention improves camp food environment. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38, 631-640. doi:10.5993/AJHB.38.4.17

Di Noia, J., & Byrd-Bredbenner, C. (2013). Adolescent fruit and vegetable intake: Influence of family support and moderation by home availability of relationships with Afrocentric values and taste preferences. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 113, 803-808. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2013.02.001

Di Noia, J., Furst, G., Park, K., & Byrd-Bredbenner, C. (2013). Designing culturally sensitive dietary interventions for African Americans: Review and recommendations. Nutrition Reviews, 71, 224-238. doi:10.1111/nure.12009

Di Noia, J., & Contento, I. R. (2010). Fruit and vegetable availability enables adolescent consumption that exceeds national average. Nutrition Research, 30, 396-402. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.20010.06.008

Di Noia, J., & Prochaska, J. O. (2010). Mediating variables in a Transtheoretical Model dietary intervention program. Health Education & Behavior, 37, 753-762. doi:10.1177/1090198109334897

Book

Di Noia, J., & Tripodi, T. (2008). Single-case design for clinical social workers (2nd ed.).Washington, DC: NASW Press. ISBN-13 978-08 71013811

Research Support

Principal Investigator

2014-2017 Online WIC Nutrition Education to Promote Farmers’ Market Fruit and Vegetable Purchases and Consumption, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA; $274,967)

2006-2008 Adherence to a Low-fat Diet in African American Adolescents, National Cancer Institute (NCI; $158,666)

2004-2006 Assessing African American Adolescent Food Intakes, NCI ($725,761)

2004-2006 Cancer Risk Reduction through Dietary Intervention, NCI ($754,211)

2003-2005 HIV Prevention among Adolescent Women, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH; $748,005)

2003  Cancer Risk Reduction through Dietary Intervention, NCI ($100,000)

2003 Assessing African American Adolescent Food Intakes, NCI ($100,000)

2001-2002 HIV Prevention among Adolescent Women, NIMH ($100,000)