As a community nutritionist and RD, Dr. Jung’s primary research focuses on identifying factors influencing nutritional status among individuals. Understanding food choice is a key individual factor influencing nutritional status. Therefore, Dr. Jung conducts interdisciplinary studies investigating multidimensional determinants, which motivate food choices utilizing mixed methods and working collaboratively with researchers in various disciplines including social work, gerontology, sociology, hospitality, nursing and psychology.
Current Graduate Students
Regan Dougherty, BS, RDN, LD
Regan is from Charleston, South Carolina. She completed both her Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition and dietetic internship through The University of Alabama in May 2018. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition with a focus on Community Nutrition. Regan began working with Dr. Jung as an undergraduate nutrition student in 2016, assisting with multiple research projects, including low-income older adults' intake of fruits and vegetables. Regan is currently working on her non-thesis research project with Dr. Jung to promote sustainable food practices among college students.
Lauren Cave, BS
Lauren is from Mobile, Alabama. She enjoys going to the beach, spending time with friends, and running. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition through The University of Alabama in May 2018. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, and she plans to complete her dietetic internship through The University of Alabama by May 2019 in order to become a registered dietitian. Lauren began working with Dr. Jung as an undergraduate nutrition student in 2017, assisting with a qualitative study to investigate strategies to prepare nutrition students to work with older adults. Lauren is currently working on her non-thesis research project with Dr. Jung to promote healthy eating patterns among older adults.