Research

The Research Center at the North Texas Food Bank is dedicated to increasing our understanding of the antecedents and consequences of food insecurity, and using that knowledge to improve the health and well-being of our clients. In service of this goal, we work to forge collaborations among researchers from various disciplines affiliated with nonprofit organizations, medical centers, and academic institutions.  

NTFB researchers have training and expertise in health psychology, child development, social psychology, public health, community health, inferential and multivariate statistics, research design, and advanced analytics. We partner with researchers from a variety of organizations including Community Crossroads Services, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, Parkland Hospital, Southern Methodist University, the University of Dallas, the University of North Texas, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.  

Our focus includes basic research on the antecedents and consequences of food insecurity, evaluation research that assesses the effectiveness of our programs and interventions, and research that assesses how we can better serve our clients, volunteers, and contributors. 

  • Current Projects 

  • Manuscripts and Presentations 

  • Conference on Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Food Insecurity 

  • Research Internship Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students 

  • Information for Researchers and Potential Collaborators 


Current Projects 

  • Are Food Insecure Children at Increased Risk of Bullying Victimization? 

  • Stress, Health, and Food Insecurity in Older Adults 

  • Evaluation of the “Food for Kids” Supplemental Nutrition Program 

  • The School Pantry Family Survey 

  • Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH): Assessment of Effects of Program Participation on Diabetic, Hypertensive and Co-Morbid Clients 

  • The CFIBBS: Development of a Brief Behavioral Assessment of Child Food Insecurity 

  • Satisfaction, Stress, and Food Insecurity in Mobile Pantry Clients 

  • Social Support, Food Insecurity and Health in Older Adults 

  • The NTFB Longitudinal Assessment Project 

  • The Volunteer Experience: Who Volunteers at NTFB and Why 


Recent Manuscripts and Presentations

 

  • Berry, D.S., Mays, J.W., & Rowl, M. (2017, April). Stress, health, and food insecurity. Presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX 

  • Berry, D.S., Amory, R., Hanna, T., & Clark, T. (2017, April). Longitudinal assessment of emotional distress and academic performance in food insecure children. Presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX 

  • Berry, D.S., & Mays, J.W. (2017, March). Food insecurity and health in older adults. Presented at the meeting of the Texas Public Health Association, Fort Worth, TX. 

  • Berry, D.S., Amory, R., Clark, T., & Hanna, T. (2017, March). Effects of participation in a supplemental nutrition program on evaluations of food insecure children. Presented at the meeting of the Texas Public Health Association, Fort Worth, TX 


Conference on Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Food Insecurity 

A Conference on Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Food Insecurity will be held at the Cockrell Hill Campus of the North Texas Food Bank on July 31, 2017. Researchers interested in participating should contact the conference organizers, Diane Berry, Ph.D (dianeb@ntfb.org) or Jennifer Mays, M.P.H. (jenniferm@ntfb.org).


Research Internship Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students 

NTFB offers research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in exploring the impact of food insecurity on physical and psychological health and well-being. Contact Diane Berry, Ph.D. at the NTFB Research Center for more information (dianeb@ntfb.org). 

 


Information for Researchers and Potential Collaborators 

Researchers working on issues related to food insecurity who are interested in exploring opportunities for collaboration should contact Diane Berry, Ph.D., North Texas Food Bank Research Center (dianeb@ntfb.org)

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

If you share our commitment to more effective solutions, are interested in collaborating or have questions please contact us at research@ntfb.org.

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