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Sarah D. Jones, Assistant Professor of Nutrition Sciences, joined the Dominican University community starting in the 2018-2019 academic year. She received her BA in Biochemistry with a minor in Physical Education from the College of Wooster, MS in Nutrition and completed the Coordinated Program at The University of Akron, and her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Jones has a decade of experience in dietetics and public health research in urban settings. After completing the RD exam and her MS in Nutrition degree, she worked as a clinical dietitian at a community hospital, incorporating not only clinical, but outpatient counseling and corporate wellness experience. She quickly discovered that she wanted to pursue teaching as well as a love of work with the community. Therefore, prior to coming to Dominican University and while completing her doctorate, she was a Project Manager on several federally funded grants that focused on improving the health and well-being of children through school and home-based interventions as well as community-based participatory research. Currently, Dr. Jones works on many initiatives on campus, but focuses on food insecurity among the Dominican community through collaborations across campus. 

Her research focuses on factors that influence obesity in childhood whether it be the home, school, and/or neighborhood environments. In addition, she is currently working with Dr. Emily Radlowski on a grant that aims to increase diversity within the field of nutrition and dietetics while also expanding the knowledge of students in our major around sustainability making them more marketable for a wide variety of internship and job opportunities. She is very proud to be part of the Dominican University community.

PhD, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University
MS, Nutrition and Dietetics, University Of Akron
Research Interests

Obesity in childhood
Food insecurity
Diversity and Inclusion in Dietetics

Selected Publications

LeCroy, M., Nicastro, H., Truesdale, K., Matheson, D., Ievers-Landis, C., Pratt, C., Jones, S., Sherwood, N., Burgess, L., Robinson, T., Yang, S., & Stevens, J. (2021). Dietary patterns and associations with BMI in low-income, ethnic minority youth in the USA according to baseline data from four randomised controlled trials. The British Journal of Nutrition, 126(1), 81–91. Retrieved from

(2019). Effects of Two Multilevel Interventions on BMI in Low-income Urban Youth. Pediatrics.

Borawski, E., Jones, S., Yoder, L., Taylor, T., Clint, B., Goodwin, M., & Trapl, E. (2018). We Run This City: Impact of a Community–School Fitness Program on Obesity, Health, and Fitness. Preventing Chronic Disease, 15, 160471. DOI:

Selected Conferences
High-Quality Connections Annual Mentoring Conference, University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute, 2020
Annual Conference, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Annual Conference, 2020


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