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Irene van Woerden, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: Reed Gym 242A

208-282-3926

irenevanwoerden@isu.edu

Brief Biography:
I am an applied statistician who studies health behaviors and outcomes. Among others, my research has indicated that the food insecurity measurement tools may not be working as expected among college students; shown similarities among friends diet and sleep behaviors; and shown peer selection and peer influence effects on BMI.

Education/Training:

  • PhD (Exercise and Nutritional Sciences), Arizona State University
  • MS (Statistics), Arizona State University
  • MS (Statistics), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • BS (Statistics and Chemistry), University of Waikato, New Zealand

Teaching Interests:

  • Statistics

Research Interests:

  • Health behaviors and outcomes; social networks; food insecurity; BMI; chemical exposure; nuclear energy

Selected publications:

  1. van Woerden, I., Schaefer, D., Hruschka, D., Vega-Lopez, S., Adams, A., & Bruening, M. (2019) Similarity in meal plan use among first-year roommates. Appetite. doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2019.104482
  2. van Woerden, I., Bruening, M., Montresor-Lopez, J., & Payne-Sturges, D. (2019) Trends and Disparities in Urinary BPA Concentrations Among U.S. Young Adults. Environmental Research.
    doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2019.05.046
  3. van Woerden, I., Hruschka, D., Vega-Lopez, S., Schaefer, D., Adams, A., & Bruening, M. (2019) Food insecure college students and objective measurements of their unused meal plans. Nutrients.
    doi.org/10.3390/nu11040904
  4. Bruening, M., van Woerden, I., Schaefer, D., Hruschka, D., Brewis, A., Whisner, C., Dunton, G.,   Todd, M., P, Ohri-Vachaspati., & Laska, M. (2018) Friendship as a social mechanism influencing body mass index (BMI) among emerging adults. PLoS ONE. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0208894
  5. van Woerden, I., Hruschka, D., & Bruening, M. (2018). Food insecurity negatively impacts academic performance. Journal of Public Affairs.
    doi.org/10.1002/pa.1864

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