o Improving nutritional, physical, and emotional health across the life span among underserved and rural populations

o Community empowerment and engagement for improving population health

o Systems approach to improving population health in rural and underserved areas

o Developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally-responsive approaches to establish and maintain healthy lifestyles

o Mixed research methods, including qualitative (e.g., focus groups, in-depth interviews) and quantitative (e.g., survey design and web-based application) methods, study design, and analytical approaches.

o Community-based participatory research, education, and outreach

o Reducing the risk for food insecurity and hunger among children, adults, and seniors

o Improving the response of food systems in rural areas

selected publications
Academic Articles138
  • Sharkey, J. R., Bustillos, B. D., Umstattd Meyer, M. R., & Legg, T. J. (2014). Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Older Adult. Bernstein, M., & Munoz, N. (Eds.), Nutrition for the Older Adult. (pp. 115-150). Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
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  • Dean, W. R., Johnson, C. M., & Sharkey, J. R. (2012). Rural Food Disparities: Availability and Accessibility of Healthy Foods. Crosby, R. A., Wendel, M. L., Vanderpool, R. C., & Casey, B. R. (Eds.), Rural Populations and Health Determinants, Disparities, and Solutions. (pp. 251-266). JOhn Wiley & Sons.
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  • Sharkey, J. R., & Kamp, B. (2011). Nutrition Services for Older Americans. Bernstein, M., & Luggen, A. S. (Eds.), Nutrition for the Older Adult. (pp. 369-382). Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
  • Locher, J. L., & Sharkey, J. R. (2009). An Ecological Perspective on Older Adult Eating Behavior. Bales, W. C., & Ritchie, S. C. (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging. (pp. 3-17). Humana Press.
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  • Bolin, J. L., & Sharkey, J. R. (2006). Health and Nutrition in Rural Areas. Goins, R. T., & Krout, J. A. (Eds.), Service Delivery to Rural Older Adults Research, Policy and Practice. (pp. 79-101). Springer Publishing Company.
chaired theses and dissertations
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Texas A&M Health Science Center; Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences; 1266 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843