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Juliana Cohen

Assistant Professor

Health Sciences

Before joining Merrimack College, Juliana Cohen was as a research associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her teaching and research interests include community-based interventions, nutrition, health promotion, child/adolescent health and development, and health disparities.  


  • Sc.D.,Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Sc.M.,Human Development, and Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • B.A., Italian Studies, Emory University


Dr. Juliana Cohen has broad research interests in pediatric nutrition, including school-based interventions, child/adolescent health and development, health disparities, and nutrition policies. Dr. Cohen’s current research focuses on innovative strategies to encourage the consumption of healthier school foods, the impact of school-based nutrition policies on children’s’ consumption of competitive foods (e.g. vending and à la carte snacks), and children’s food consumption in quick-service restaurants. Her research also examines the impact of children’s diets on cognitive functioning.

Dr. Cohen currently has a K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine the influence of quick-service restaurants on children’s diets. She has previously received research funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to evaluate the impact of competitive food policies on school food environments, children’s diets, and school finances. She was formerly an ORISE Policy and Science fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Research (peer reviewed)

Cohen JF, Gorski MT, Hoffman JA, Rosenfeld L, Chaffee R, Smith L, Catalano PJ, Rimm EB. Healthier Standards for School Meals and Snacks: Impact on School Food Revenues and Lunch Participation Rates. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Oct;51(4):485-92

Cohen JFW, Gorski MT, Gruber SA, Rimm EB. The effect of healthy dietary consumption on executive cognitive functioning in children and adolescents: a systematic review. Br J Nutr. 2016 Sep;116(6):989-1000

Rosenfeld L, Cohen JFW, Gorski MT, Andres Lessing, Smith L, Rimm EB, Hoffman JA. How Do We Actually Put Smarter Snacks in Schools?: NOURISH Conversations with Food Service Directors. Public Health Nutr. 2016 Aug 30:1-9

Kenney EL, Gortmaker SL, Cohen JF, Rimm EB, Cradock AL. Limited School Drinking Water Access for Youth. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Jul;59(1):24-9.

Gorski MT, Cohen JF, Hoffman JA, Rosenfeld L, Chaffee R, Smith L, Rimm EB. Impact of Nutrition Standards on Competitive Food Quality in Massachusetts Middle and High Schools. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jun;106(6):1101-8.

Cohen JF, Jahn JL, Richardson S, Cluggish A. S, Parker E, Catalano P, Rimm EB. Amount of Time to Eat Lunch Is Associated with Children’s Selection and Consumption of School Meal Entrée, Fruits, Vegetables, and Milk. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 Jan; 116(1):123-128 

Hoffman J, Rosenfeld L, Schmidt N, Cohen JF, Gorski M, Chaffee R, Smith L, Rimm EB. Implementation of Competitive Food and Beverage Standards in a Sample of Massachusetts Schools: The NOURISH Study (Nutrition Opportunities to Understand Reforms Involving Student Health). J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Aug; 115(8): 1299-1307.

Cohen JF, Richardson S, Cluggish SA, Parker E, Catalano P, Rimm EB. Effects of choice architecture and chef-enhanced meals on the selection and consumption of healthier school foods: a randomized clinical trial; JAMA Pediatr. 2015 May;169(5):431-7.

Cohen JF, Richardson S, Parker E, Catalano P, Rimm EB. Impact of the new USDA school meal standards on food selection, consumption, and waste. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Apr;46(4):388-94

Cohen JF, Rimm EB, Austin SB, Hyatt RR, Kraak VI, Economos CD. Impact of the CHANGE food service intervention on whole grains served in rural elementary schools. J Sch Health. 2014 Mar;84(3):212-9

Cohen JF, Kraak VI, Choumenkovitch SF, Hyatt RR, Economos CD. The CHANGE study: A healthy-lifestyles intervention to improve rural children’s diet quality. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 Jan;114(1):48-53

Cohen JF, Richardson S, Austin SB, Economos CD, Rimm EB. School lunch waste among middle school students: nutrients consumed and costs. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Feb;44(2):114-21

Cohen JF, Smit LA, Parker E, Austin SB, Frazier AL, Economos CD, Rimm EB. The long-term impact of a chef on school lunch consumption: Findings from a 2-year pilot study in Boston middle schools. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012;112(6):927-33

Cohen JF, Rifas-Shiman SL, Rimm EB, Oken E, Gillman MW. Maternal trans fatty acid intake and fetal growth. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Nov;94(5):1241-7




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