Specialist in Community Nutrition
Dept. of Nutritional Sciences
Davison Hall, Rm. 228A
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2882
Expertise: Community Nutrition Programming; New Jersey State EFNEP and FSNEP Programs
Dr. Debrah Palmer is nutrition specialist for Rutgers Cooperative Extension. She is housed in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Her goals are to provide links to research-based information, which flows to the public through the programming efforts of county faculty; to share advances in nutrition education; and to identify opportunities for county faculty to increase their outreach efforts in their respective counties. Dr. Palmer's research interests surround issues related to the effective delivery and evaluation of nutrition education for limited-resource people. Dr. Palmer has had several publications in this area, including "Focus on Fathers," a paper describing the results of a qualitative study of the nutrition education needs of limited resource urban fathers; and, "In the Face of Diversity: Modifying Nutrition Education Delivery to Meet the Needs of a Changing Consumer Base," a paper regarding cultural considerations that must be addressed for effective nutrition education with multicultural audiences. She also has authored papers regarding the effective measurement of food security and dietary quality in nutrition education interventions with limited resource audiences. Additionally, Dr. Palmer serves as the state EFNEP coordinator and the director of the New Jersey Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program and its corresponding statewide network.
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