Anna Farmer

Anna Farmer

Associate Professor of Community and Public Health Nutrition

Phone: 780.492.2693
Email: anna.farmer@ualberta.ca
Department: Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
Office: 4-370 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
Office Hours: By appointment
Address: University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2R3

Degree

PhD, University of Toronto

Job/Research Area

Community Nutrition and Behaviour Change

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests;

The main area of research is understanding the social and behavioural determinants of nutrition and health, childhood obesity and practitioner behaviour, with a special emphasis on individual and organizational behavioural change. Studies involve examining theoretical models (e.g., Social Cognitive Theory, Diffusion of Innovations, Ecological models) for guiding the development of interventions.

Selected Publications

Yu J, Farmer A, Mager D and Willows ND. Dairy foods are an important source of calcium and vitamin D among Canadian-born and Asian-born Chinese in Edmonton, Alberta.  Nutrition Research, 2012; 32 (3): 177-184.

Chu Y, Farmer A, Veugelers P, Fung C, Kuhle S and Storey K. Involvement in home meal preparation is associated with food preference and self-efficacy among Canadian children. Public Health Nutrition, 2012; May 11:1-5.

Brisbois T, Farmer A and McCargar L. Early markers of obesity. Obesity Reviews, 2012; 13 (4):347-367.

Leung B, Kaplan B, Field C, O’Beirne M, Farmer A, Dewey D, Johnston D. Interdisciplinary teams make a difference. Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions. KT Casebook 2011, 2:5-12.

Downs S, Farmer A, Quintanilha M, Berry T, Mager D, Willows N and McCargar L. From paper to practice: barriers to adopting nutrition guidelines in schools. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2011; 44 (2):114-122.

Downs S, Farmer A, Quintanilha M, Berry T, Mager D, Willows N and McCargar L. Alberta nutrition guidelines for children and youth: awareness and use in schools. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 2011; 72(3):137-140.

Farmer A and Mager D. Sodium Issues for Canadians. Dietetic Current: Inside Story. September, e1-e7. 2011; Dietitians of Canada. (http://bit.ly/Qdi2Xjx).

Dubois L, Carter M, Farmer A, Girard M, Burnier D, Tatone-Takuda F and Porcherie M. Higher intakes of energy and grains products at 6 years of age are associated with being overweight at 6 years of age. Journal of Nutrition, 2011; 141(11):2024-2029.

Dubois L, Farmer A, Girard M, Burnier D and Porcherie M. Demographic and socio-economic factors related to food intake and adherence to nutrition recommendations in a cohort of preschool children. Public Health Nutrition, 2011; 14(6):1096-1104.

Farmer A, Légaré F, Turcot L, Grimshaw J, Harvey E, McGowan JL and Wolf F. Printed educational materials: effects on professional practice and health care outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD004398. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004398.pub2

Dubois L, Farmer A, Girard M, Peterson K. Social factors and television use during meals and snacks is associated with higher BMI among preschool children. Public Health Nutrition, 2008; 11(12):1267-1279.

Dubois L, Farmer A, Girard M, Tatone F. Problem eating behaviors related to social factors and body weight in preschool children: A longitudinal study. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2007; 4:9.

Dubois L, Farmer A, Girard M, Peterson K. Regular sugar-sweetened beverage consumption between meals increases risk of overweight among preschool-aged children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2007; 107: 924-934.

Dubois L, Farmer A, Girard M. Family food insufficiency is related to obesity in preschool children. Social Science and Medicine, 2006; 63(6): 1503-1.

Dubois L, Farmer A, Girard M. Preschool children’s eating behaviours are related to dietary adequacy and body weight. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2006; 12: 1-10.

Dubois L, Farmer A, Girard M, Tatone F. Problem eating behaviors related to social factors and body weight in preschool children: A longitudinal study. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2007; 4:9.


Current Projects

Alleviating poverty and malnutrition in biodiversity hotspots
Co-investigator
Funded by the International Research Development Centre of Canada

Early Markers of Obesity II
Principal Investigator
Funded by the Institute of Life Sciences International

Cultivating food security in a First Nations community in Alberta
Co-principal Investigator
Funded by the Alberta Centre for Children, Family and Community Research

The impact of maternal nutrient status during pregnancy on maternal mental health and child development
Co-investigator
Funded by Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (formerly AHFMR)