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:
Quick, V., Martin-Biggers, J., Povis, GA., Hongu, N., Worobey, J., Byrd-Bredbenner, C. A socioecological examination of weight-related characteristics of the home environment and lifestyles of households with young children. Nutrients. 2017;9:604. doi:10.3390/nu9060604
Byrd-Bredbenner, C., Martin-Biggers, J., Koenings, M., Quick, V., Hongu, N., Worobey, J. HomeStyles, A web-based childhood obesity prevention program for families with preschool children: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols. 2017;6(4):e73.
Quick, V., Byrd-Bredbenner, C., White, A.A., Brown, O., Colby, S., Shoff, S., Lohse, B., Greene, G.W., Horacek, T., Kidd, T. Relationships of sleep duration with weight-related behaviors of U.S. college students. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 2015;1-16.
Quick, V., Shoff, S., Lohse, B., White, A., Horacek, T., Greene, G. Relationships of eating competence, sleep quality and behaviors, and overweight status among college students. Eating Behaviors. 2015;19:15-19.
Quick, V., Byrd-Bredbenner, C., White, A.A., Brown, O., Colby, S., Shoff, S., Lohse, B., Greene, G.W., Horacek, T., Kidd, T. Eat, sleep, work, play: Associations of weight status and health-related behaviors among young adult college students. American Journal of Health Promotion. November/December 2014;29(2):e64-e72.
Morrell, J., Byrd-Bredbenner, C., Quick, V., Olfert, M., Dent, A., Carey, G.B. Metabolic syndrome: Comparison of prevalence in young adults at 3 land-grant universities. Journal of American College Health. 2014;62(1):1-9.
Quick, V., Wall, M., Larson, N., Haines, J., Neumark-Sztainer, D. Personal, behavioral and environmental predictors of overweight incidence in young adults: 10-year longitudinal findings. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity. 2013;10:37.
Disordered Eating & Body Image:
Quick, V., Byrd-Bredbenner, C. Disordered eating and body image in cystic fibrosis. In Watson RR. (Ed.). Diet, Food, Nutrition and Exercise in Cystic Fibrosis. Elsevier, 2015.
Quick, V., McWilliams, R., Byrd-Bredbenner, C. A case-control study of psychological well-being and weight teasing in young adults with and without bowel conditions. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics, 2015;28(1):28-36.
Quick, V., Berg, K., Bucchiera, M., Byrd-Bredbenner, C. Identification of eating disorder pathology in college students: A comparison of DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 diagnostic crtieria. Advances in Eating Disorders. 2014;2(2):112-124.
Quick, V., Lipksy, L., Nansel, T.R., Liu, D., Due, P., Iaonatti, R. Body image and weight control in youth: 9-year international trends from 24 countries. International Journal of Obesity. 2014;38(7):988-994.
Quick, V., Byrd-Bredbenner, C. Disordered eating, socio-cultural media influencers, body image, and psychological factors among a racially/ethnically diverse population of college women. Eating Behaviors. 2014;15:37-41.
Quick, V., Eisenberg, M., Bucchiera, M., Neumark-Sztainer, D. Prospective predictors of body dissatisfaction: Ten-year longitudinal findings. Emerging Adulthood. 2013;1(4):271-282.
Quick, V., Byrd-Bredbenner, C., Neumark-Sztainer, D. Chronic illness and disordered eating: A review of the literature. Advances in Nutrition. 2013;4(3):277-286.
Quick, V., Loth, K., Linde, J., MacLeose, R., Neumark-Sztainer, D. Prevalence of adolescents’ self-weighing behaviors and associations with weight control practices and weight-related problems. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2013;52(6):738-744.
Quick, V., Byrd-Bredbenner, C. Eating Disorders Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q): Norms for college students. Eating and Weight Disorders. 2013;18(1):29-35.
Quick, V., McWilliams, R., Byrd-Bredbnner, C. Fatty, Fatty, Two-By-Four: Weight teasing history and disturbed eating in young adult women. American Journal of Public Health. 2013;103(3):508-515.
Food Aid/Emergency Food Systems in Greece:
Recently, I had the opportunity to work with colleagues at Rutgers University as a program manager for an international research project funded by a private foundation (Stavros Niarchos Foundation) involved with investigating the food aid and emergency food systems in Athens, Greece. This involved traveling to Greece and interviewing key stakeholders of food aid organizations such as food banks and NGOs.
Lawson, L., Quick, V., Taylor, M., Kapsokefalou, M., Kotsios, P, Rao, S., Schoolman, E. (In Review) Food aid and the emergency food system in Greece. Starvos Niarchos Foundation report. January 13, 2017.