Jeffrey Backstrand, PhD
Associate Research Professor;
Director of Research, Newark Schools Research Collaborative (NSRC)
School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Jeffrey R. Backstrand is Director of Research for the Newark Schools Research Collaborative (NSRC). He received his BA in Physical Anthropology from Pomona College, and an MA and PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Backstrand is a specialist in quantitative research methods, and has considerable knowledge and experience in the areas of public health nutrition and nutritional epidemiology. He is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, and former chair of the Public Health Nutrition Research Interest Group of the American Society of Nutrition. In 2001, Dr. Backstrand was a member of the Institute of Medicine's Subcommittee on the Technical Specifications of a High-Energy Dense Emergency Food Product. He has also supervised the evaluation of the Connecticut WIC program's Project ReNew, a statewide initiative to improve cultural sensitivity and customer service by WIC personnel. Dr. Backstrand is the author of 28 peer reviewed articles, plus numerous reports. His current research investigates the causes of black-white disparities in birth outcomes, and health issues that influence childhood academic achievement.