Dr. Griffin is an Assistant Professor in Nutrition at Appalachian State University and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She has taught nutrition at the undergraduate level for 10 years. She has a background in public health nutrition and community nutrition, as well as health promotion and wellness.
Before coming to Appalachian State, Dr. Griffin worked as a Public Health Specialist with the Auburn University Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed), assisting in the development and implementation of state-wide community-based programs. As a community health dietitian, Dr. Griffin worked as a Nutritionist with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She was also the Wellness Director and Assistant Health Promotion Manager with Marine Corps Community Services, Okinawa where she developed and delivered an employee wellness program and several wide-scale community-based programs to the military, civilian and Japanese national residents in Okinawa, Japan.
Dr. Griffin’s research interests focus on using mobile health (mHealth) technologies such as text messaging, social media and email to develop, implement and deliver community-based nutrition and health promotion programs for limited-resource, minority and rural dwelling audiences. Dr. Griffin also is interested in promoting healthy retail programs in food deserts to improve the home food environment, especially in rural locations.
Dr. Griffin enjoys traveling, especially to other countries, learning new cultures and spending quality time with her husband, children and two fur babies.
- PhD Nutrition – Community Nutrition and Public Health focus, Auburn University
- Dietetic Internship, Iowa State University
- Master of Science Nutrition, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT
- Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Nutrition Science, University of Georgia
- mHealth technology delivery of community-based interventions
- Improve dietary and physical activity behaviors
- Improve weight status and health risk criteria
- Improve home food environment
- Healthy retail in rural settings
- Limited-resource, minority, rural dwelling audiences
Current Courses Taught
- NUT 1202-Basic Food Science
- NUT 1202L-Basic Food Science Lab
- NUT 2202-Nutrition and Health
- NUT 3205-Nutrition and the Life Cycle
- NUT 5220-Advanced Concentration in Nutrition and Assessment
- NUT 5210-Nutrition for Older Adults
Previous Courses Taught
- Nutrition Counseling
- Nutrition Education
- Obesity and Weight Management
- Nutrition and Health
- Elements of Nutrition
- Elements of Nutrition Lab
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- North Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Dietetic Practice Group
- Diabetes Education and Care Dietetic Practice Group
- Nutrition Education for the Public Dietetic Practice Group
- Public Health/Community Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
- American Council on Exercise
- Owens E, Farris Z, Haingoniaina L, Griffin J, Farris A. Impact of a diet diversification and health and nutrition counseling program in Madagascar. World Nutrition. 2021. Available at: https://worldnutritionjournal.org/index.php/wn/article/view/789/661
- Morgan M, Arrowood J, Farris A, Griffin J. Assessing Food Security Through Cooking and Food Literacy Among Students Enrolled in a Basic Food Science Lab at Appalachian State University. J Amer Coll Health. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2021.1880414
- Juris Naar J, Griffin J, Childers M, Logan D, Jones C. Lettuce Share our Interprofessional Experience: A Case for PrePEARing Recreation and Nutrition Programs for Older Adults. In: Interprofessional Collaboration in Parks, Recreation, and Human Services: Theory and Cases. Champaign, IL:Sagamore-Venture, 2021.
- Griffin J. Assessing Nutrition Status in Epidemiological Research. In: Barth MM. ed. Public Health Nutrition: Rural, Urban and Global Perspectives for Community Practice. New York, NY: Springer, 2020.
- Funderburk K, Struempler B, Parmer SM, Griffin JB. Body Quest Parent: A Text Message Parent Education Intervention to Supplement a School-Based Obesity Prevention Initiative for Third-Graders. J Nutr Edu Behav. 2018; 50:415-417
- Kellegrew K, Powers A, Struempler S, Parmer S, Funderburk K, Griffin J, Tran C. Evaluating barriers to SNAP/EBT acceptance in farmers markets: A farmer’s perspective. J Agri Food Sys and Comm Devel.
- 2018; 8:133-146.
- Griffin JB, Struempler B, Funderburk KM, Tran C, Parmer SM, Wadsworth D. My Quest, an Intervention using Text Messaging to Improve Dietary and Physical Activity Behaviors and Promote Weight Loss in Low-income Women in Alabama. J Nutr Edu Behav. 2018; 50:11-18
- Powers AR, Struempler B, Parmer S, Funderburk K, Brock RW, Griffin J, Tran C, Kellegrew KP. Road to a Healthy Alabama: Policy, System and Environmental Strategies to Increase Access and Appeal of Healthy Foods. J Nutr Edu Behav. 2017; 49(7): S89.
- Parmer SM, Struempler B, Griffin JB, Funderburk KM. Impact of Body Quest: Food of the Warrior on Key Indicators for Childhood Obesity Prevention. Austin J Ped. 2015; 2(1): 1019.