The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) is pleased to announce that Lauren Haldeman, PhD, will assume the duties of editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB), published by Elsevier, effective January 2023. Dr. Haldeman takes over from Karen Chapman-Novakofski, PhD, RD, who has expertly served the Journal as editor-in-chief since 2008. JNEB serves as a global resource to advance nutrition education and behavior-related research, practice, and policy.
“SNEB was founded in 1968 to expand research, education and communication in the field of nutrition education, specifically through publication of a journal for nutrition educators,” explains SNEB President Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD. “The SNEB Board of Directors is excited to have Dr. Haldeman join the roster of distinguished nutrition educators, beginning with Helen Denning Ullrich, MA, RD, who have served as JNEB editors-in-chief.”
Dr. Haldeman is Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. She received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut in 2001. Concerned about increasing rates of diet-related chronic diseases and poor nutrition-related outcomes among groups facing heath disparities, Dr. Haldeman’s research focuses primarily on dietary behaviors of caretakers of young children representing diverse communities in North Carolina. Her work has resulted in the development of theory-based nutrition education interventions and materials with these groups. With the goal of advancing nutrition practice and policy, Dr. Haldeman also works through community and academic partnerships to address multilevel promoters of and barriers to healthy eating and physical activity.
“I have been a member of SNEB since 1995, and JNEB has played an integral role in my development as a nutrition professional and researcher. Because it influenced my career, I sought ways to be more engaged with the Journal,” Dr. Haldeman relates. “I was a member of the Board of Editors for six years, served on the Journal Committee as the secretary, chair elect and chair, and chaired several subcommittees including the Best Article, Best GEM and Data Sharing and Transparency.” Most recently she served as an Associate Editor.
Dr. Haldeman’s appointment came as Karen Chapman-Novakofski, PhD, RD, announced her retirement from leading JNEB as well as teaching at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
Journal Committee Chair Karina Díaz Rios, PhD, RD, says, “Under Dr. Chapman-Novakofski’s leadership, JNEB has expanded its scope, increased the number of yearly issues from six to 12, and launched a process to publish papers specific to positions of the SNEB. She has created training and educational resources in a variety of formats including webinars and live presentations, added a senior associate editor role to the JNEB staff, and expanded recognition of authors through awards and podcasts.”
“I look forward to my new responsibilities with JNEB. I see the role of the editor-in-chief to encourage and support authors and reviewers from diverse backgrounds to be active in the publishing process. When the Journal highlights the importance of including a range of perspectives and experiences in evaluating nutrition education research, we know that as nutrition educators we can make a difference in the health and well-being of our communities,” Dr. Haldeman reflects.