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Virginia Quick, Ph.D., RD

Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, Rutgers
Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of NJ, 2011
Virginia Quick, Ph.D., RDN

A better understanding of the multi-faceted and complex interplay of intra-personal, interpersonal, and socio-environmental factors that affect health behaviors is important when developing effective, evidence-based interventions and programs that lead to positive behavior change. My research focuses on exploring the etiology and prevention of obesity and disordered eating behaviors across the lifespan using a socio-ecological model approach along with developing and implementing community nutrition interventions and programs to a variety of audiences. I have collaborated with a number of research teams and colleagues from across the country on various projects that have made valuable scientific contributions to the nutrition and health field and public at-large. A few of these are highlighted below.

Obesity Focused Work (select publications)

  1. Delaney, C.L., Spaccarotella, K., Quick, V., Byrd-Bredbenner, C. A comparison of weight-related behaviors of mothers and children by acculturation level. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18:503. doi:10.3390/ijerph1802503.
  2. Papaconstantinou, E., Quick, V., Vogel, E., Coffey, S., Miller, A., Zitzelsberger, H. Exploring relationships of sleep duration with eating and physical activity behaviors among Canadian university students. Clock & Sleep. 2020;2,194-207. doi:10.3390/clockssleep2020016.
  3. Zhang, M., Quick, V., Martin-Biggers, J., Jin, Y. Associations of parental influence on the home and neighborhood physical activity environments of preschool children. American Journal of Health Promotion. Jan 2020;34(1)83-86. doi:10.1177/0890117119864206.
  4. Quick, V., Eck, K., Delany, C., Lewis, R., Byrd-Bredbenner, C. Stability of differences in weight-related characteristics of mothers across economic, cultural, social, and environmental-health indicators of socioeconomic status. International Journal of Environmental Research on Public Health. 2019,16:3866. doi:10.3390/ijerph16203866.
  5. Xiong, R., Spaccarotella, K., Quick, V., Byrd-Bredbenner, C. Generational differences: Comparison of weight-related cognitions and behaviors of Generation X and Millennial mothers of preschool children. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019,16:2431. doi:10.3390/ijerph16132431.
  6. Martin-Biggers, J., Quick, V., Spaccarotella, K., Byrd-Bredbenner, C. An exploratory study examining obesity risk in non-obese mothers of young children using a socioecological approach. Nutrients. 2018;10:e781. doi:10.3390/nu10060781.
  7. Quick, V. Clustering of obesity-related risk behaviors among families with preschool children using a socioecological approach: Cross-sectional study. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting. 2018;1(1):e10320. doi:10.2196/10320
  8. Quick, V., Golem, D., Povis, GA., Martin-Biggers, J., Worobey, J., Byrd-Bredbenner, C. Moms and Dads differ in their family food gatekeepers behaviors. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 2018;33:3-15.
  9. Byrd-Bredbenner, C., Martin-Biggers, J., Povis, GA., Worobey, J., Hongu, N., Quick, V. Promoting healthy home environments and lifestyles in families with preschool children: HomeStyles, A randomized controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2018:64:139-151.
  10. Quick, V., Martin-Biggers, J., Povis, GA., Hongu, N., Worobey, J., Byrd-Bredbenner, C. Long-term follow-up effects of the HomeStyles randomized controlled trial on social cognitive theory constructs associated with physical activity cognitions and behaviors. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2018;68:78-89.

Disordered Eating & Body Image

Representative Publications:

CV (383k PDF)