Research Team

Principal Investigator:

  • Dr. Lesley Frank:
    • Tier II Canada Research Chair in Food, Health, and Social Justice. Dr. Lesley Frank is a trans-disciplinary social science scholar, skilled and committed to innovative, multi-sector, policy-relevant research related to food and health inequity experienced by marginalized populations and their children.

Research Coordinator:

  • Audrey Kruisselbrink:
    • Audrey has worked as a research coordinator at Acadia, Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s University, the University of Ottawa and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Her 10 years of applied experience as a social worker for the BC government has provided a strong background for managing large research projects.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow:

  • Jane Francis:
    • Dr. Jane Francis is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Acadia University and a registered dietitian. She is particularly interested in community-based research, the design and delivery of lactation support interventions for marginalized populations and infant food insecurity.     

Research Collaborators:

  • Dr. Patty Williams:
    • Professor Department of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University and former Canada Research Chair (CRC, 2007-2017) in Food Security and Policy Change and founding director of Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC)
  • Dr. Kyly Whitfield:
    • Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Human Nutrition at MSVU
  • Dr. Jennifer Brady:
    • Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Dr. Valerie Tarasuk:
    • Professor Department of Nutritional Sciences at University of Toronto
  • Michelle Ward:
    • Executive Director of Kids First Association (Family Resource Centre)
  • Trudy Reid:
    • Early Years Consultant (Nutrition) at Nova Scotia Public Health