Downs, Shauna

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  • Department of Health Systems and Policy, Rutgers School of Public Health
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Dr. Downs is a public health nutritionist who conducts research examining the links among climate, food systems and nutrition. Her work examines the way in which climate affects diets and nutrition as well as the role of sustainable diets to mitigate climate change.

Journal articles:

Nissan H, Simmons W, Downs SM. Building climate-sensitive nutrition programmes. Bull World Health Organ. 2022 Jan 1;100(1):70-77. doi: 10.2471/BLT.21.285589. Epub 2021 Dec 2. PMID: 35017759; PMCID: PMC8722625.

Fox, E. L., Davis, C., Downs, S. M., McLaren, R., & Fanzo, J. (2021). A focused ethnographic study on the role of health and sustainability in food choice decisions. Appetite.

Ghosh-Jerath, S., Kapoor, R., Singh, A., Nilima, Downs, S., Goldberg, G., & Fanzo, J. (2021). Agroforestry diversity, indigenous food consumption and nutritional outcomes in Sauria Paharia tribal women of Jharkhand, India. Maternal and Child Nutrition.

Sterling, E. J., Betley, E., Ahmed, S., Akabas, S., Clegg, D. J., Downs, S., Izumi, B., Koch, P., Kross, S. M., Spiller, K., Teron, L., & Valley, W. (2021). Centering Equity in Sustainable Food Systems Education. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.

Fanzo, J. C., & Downs, S. M. (2021). Climate change and nutrition-associated diseases. Nature Reviews Disease Primers.

Downs, S. M., Nicholas, K., Khine Linn, K., & Fanzo, J. (Accepted/In press). Examining the trade-offs of palm oil production and consumption from a sustainable diets perspective: Lessons learned from Myanmar. Public Health Nutrition.

Ghosh-Jerath, S., Kapoor, R., Ghosh, U., Singh, A., Downs, S., & Fanzo, J. (2021). Pathways of Climate Change Impact on Agroforestry, Food Consumption Pattern, and Dietary Diversity Among Indigenous Subsistence Farmers of Sauria Paharia Tribal Community of India: A Mixed Methods Study. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.

Davis, K. F., Downs, S., & Gephart, J. A. (2021). Towards food supply chain resilience to environmental shocks. Nature Food.

Ghosh-Jerath, S., Kapoor, R., Barman, S., Singh, G., Singh, A., Downs, S., & Fanzo, J. (2021). Traditional Food Environment and Factors Affecting Indigenous Food Consumption in Munda Tribal Community of Jharkhand, India. Frontiers in Nutrition.

Downs, S., & Demmler, K. M. (2020). Food environment interventions targeting children and adolescents: A scoping review. Global Food Security.

Ahmed, S., Downs, S. M., Yang, C., Chunlin, L., ten Broek, N., & Ghosh-Jerath, S. (2020). Rapid tool based on a food environment typology framework for evaluating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on food system resilience. Food Security.

Ahmed, S., Downs, S., & Fanzo, J. (2019). Advancing an Integrative Framework to Evaluate Sustainability in National Dietary Guidelines. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.

Cuevas, S., Downs, S. M., Ghosh-Jerath, S., Aafrin, & Shankar, B. (2019). Analysing the policy space for the promotion of healthy, sustainable edible oil consumption in India. Public Health Nutrition.

Downs, S. M., Glass, S., Linn, K. K., & Fanzo, J. (2019). The interface between consumers and their food environment in Myanmar: An exploratory mixed-methods study. Public Health Nutrition.

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