Jaime Foster, PhD, RD

Research Scientist


Dr. Jaime S. Foster, a Research Scientist at the PRC, is a registered dietitian with a doctorate in Nutritional Sciences. She is an alumni of UCONN’s College of Agriculture Health and Natural Resources and did her post-doctoral training at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. She is an expert in hunger and food insecurity, and has worked to design interventions and programs that have the potential to influence local, state and federal programs and policy.

Dr. Foster is particularly interested in community-based work designed to improve nutritional, health, and food security outcomes in our state and nation. She is interested in interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships to create novel, robust solutions that are sustainable post-intervention and have the potential to influence policy. She is passionate about mentorship and training of the next generation of researchers. Dr. Foster has previous experience working in collaboration with healthcare, education, human service, agricultural, non-profit, and research partners, and is eager to continue this work with the PRC. 



  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Department of Nutritional Sciences, 2017    
  • M.S., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Department of Nutritional Sciences, 2014  
  • B.S., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Department of Allied Health Science, 2012




  • Foster, JS, Schwartz, MB, Taylor, EA, Adamsons, K, Mobley AR, (2020) A pilot examination of the inter-rater reliability and validity of the 18-item Household Food Security Module between cohabiting mothers and fathers. Translational Behavioral Medicine  
  • Taylor, EA, Foster, JS, Mobley, AR. A qualitative investigation of body weight and weight loss-related attitudes of mothers and fathers in the context of food insecurity. Eating and Weight Disorders-Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity. 2019 Nov 5:1-7.
  • Foster, JS, Grenier, RS, Taylor, EA, & Mobley, AR (2019). Discourse Analysis: A Novel Analytical Technique for Qualitative Nutrition Research.   J Nutr Educ Behav. 2019 Jul-Aug;51(7):904-911. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2019.04.006. Epub 2019 May 8. PMID: 31076340.
  • Foster JS, Schwartz M.B., Grenier R.S., Burke M.P., Taylor E.A., Mobley A.R. A qualitative investigation into the USDA 18-item Household Food Security Survey Module: Variations in interpretation, understanding and report by gender. J Public Affairs. 2018; e1861. https://doi.org/10.1002/pa.1861.
  • Foster, JS, Adamsons, K, Vollmer, RL, Mobley AR, A pilot study of low-income mothers and fathers of preschool age children to determine the relationship of food security and nutrition assistance on feeding style and child body weight, Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.
  • Vollmer, RL, Adamsons, K, Foster, JS., & Mobley, AR (2017). How Are Fathers’ Demographic Characteristics Related to Preschool-Age Children’s Weight and Obesity Risk Factors?. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 1-12. 
  • Vollmer, RL, Adamsons, K, Foster, JS, Mobley AR (2016). Investigating relationships between paternal perception of the role of the father and paternal feeding practices. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 24, 3734-3741.
  • Vollmer, RL, Adamsons, K, Gorin, A, Foster, JS, Mobley AR (2015). Investigating the relationship of body mass index, diet quality, and physical activity level between fathers and their preschool-aged children. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 115, 919-926.
  • Vollmer, RL, Adamsons, K, Foster, JS, Mobley AR (2015). Association of fathers’ feeding practices and feeding style on preschool age children’s diet quality, eating behavior and body mass index. Appetite, 89, 274-281.
  • Foster, JS, Contreras, D, Gold, A, Keim, A., Oscarson, R, Peters, P., Mobley, AR (2015). Evaluation of nutrition and physical activity policies and practices in child care centers within rural communities. Childhood Obesity, 11(5), 506-512.



Boehm, R, Martin, J, Foster, J, Lopez, RA, 2019. "Food Insecurity and Obesity Incidence Across Connecticut". or54.pdf