Faculty: Dr. June Matthews

June MatthewsAssociate Professor, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences
Office: Room 300 St. James Building
Email: jmatth22@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext 28004

Adjunct Research Professor
School of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies
Western University

Academic Background

  • PhD, Applied Human Nutrition, University of Guelph
  • MSc, Applied Human Nutrition, University of Guelph
  • BSc (Hons), Human Ecology (Foods & Nutrition), Brescia University College, Western University

Research and Scholarly Interests

  • peer nutrition education
  • food skills and food literacy
  • food systems and food sovereignty
  • social determinants of health

Recognition

  • 2011 – Nominated for the ‘Dream Maker Award‘, Scholarships Canada
    In recognition of making a positive difference in students’ education.
  • 2008 – Award for Excellence in Teaching, Brescia University College

Teaching

Graduate:

  • FN9666B – Community Nutrition and Education
  • FN9722B – Program Planning and Evaluation

Undergraduate:

  • HE2266F – Communications
  • HE2222F/G – Professional Perspectives
  • FN1030E – Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (2008-2013)
  • FN3364B – Nutrition, Aging and Health ( 2006–2012 )
  • FN3361B – Fundamentals of Community Nutrition (2007, 2010, 2011)
  • HE401A – Research Methodology (2007)
  • FN025A/B – Food and Nutrition Issues ( 2006–2007 )
  • FN235A/B – Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (2006)
  • FN455B – Clinical Nutrition III (2006)

Professional Memberships and Associations

Professional Association Awards

  • 2016 Member Recognition Award for Education, Dietitians of Canada. This national award was given to me and my colleague, Dr. Paula Dworatzek, in recognition of our outstanding contributions to Dietitians of Canada and the profession of dietetics. This award acknowledged our experiential learning curriculum in the graduate course Community Nutrition and Program Planning.
  • 2010 President’s Distinguished Service Award, Ontario Home Economics Association. In recognition of outstanding volunteer contributions to the Ontario Home Economics Association and to the Home Economics profession in Canada.
  • 2014 National Association of College and University Food Services Association (U.S.)
    Our peer nutrition education program, FRESH (Food Resources and Education for Student Health), received the Honorable Mention Award for the Most Innovative Nutrition and Wellness Program in a North American post-secondary institution. Our efforts were recognized during the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards Luncheon at the NACUFS National Conference in Baltimore (July 9 – 12).

Representative Publications

  • Rana, H., Seabrook, J. A., Wilson, C., Matthews, J., Dworatzek, P. D. N. (2016). Predictors of food skills in university students. [Research Abstract]. Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • McMullan, B. L, Dworatzek, P. D. N., Seabrook, J. A., & Matthews, J. I. (2016). Self-reported food skills of secondary school students. Nutrition Resource Centre 2016 Forum, Toronto, ON.
  • Biden, C., Matthews, J. I., Dworatzek, P. D, Seabrook, J. A. (2016). Evaluating the impact of point-of-purchase labels on food sales at a large Southwestern Ontario university. Nutrition Resource Centre 2016 Forum, Toronto, ON.
  • Kennedy, L., Seabrook, J. A., Matthews, J. I., Dworatzek, P. D. (2016). Assessing validity of a food skills questionnaire in post-secondary students. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 44(S19). NRC Research Press. Available at: Scientific Abstracts from the 7th Annual Scientific Meeting
  • McMullan, B. L, Dworatzek, P. D. N., Seabrook, J. A., & Matthews, J. I. (2016). Self-reported food skills of secondary school students. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 44(S28). NRC Research Press. Available at: Scientific Abstracts from the 7th Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Biden, C., Matthews, J. I., Dworatzek, P. D, Seabrook, J. A. (2016). Evaluating the impact of point-of-purchase labels on food sales at a large Southwestern Ontario university. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 44(S5). NRC Research Press. Available at: Scientific Abstracts from the 7th Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Campbell, E. E., Dworatzek, P. D. N., Penava, D., de Vrijer, B., Gilliand, J., Matthews, J. I., Seabrook, J. A. (In press). Factors that influence excessive gestational weight gain: Moving beyond assessment and counselling. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. doi: 10.3109/14767058.2015.1137894
  • Matthews, J., Doerr, L., & Dworatzek, P. D. N. (2016). University students intend to eat better, but lack coping self-efficacy and knowledge of dietary recommendations. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48, 12-19.
  • Matthews, J. & Macaskill, L. (2015). Engaging the YouTubeTM learner: An in-class example of promoting Home Economics through online video presentations. International Journal of Home Economics, 8(1), 53-63.
  • Ridgeway, N., & Matthews, J. (2015). Campus gardens: Conducting formative research before establishing a garden on a university campus can provide valuable insight into constituents’ wants and needs. Canadian Food Studies, 2(1):99-118.
  • Moulson, B. & Matthews, J. (2012, June). Barriers and facilitators to local food procurement for institutional buyers in London, Ontario. Intern Abstract. Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario. Abstract available here.
  • Wilson, C. K., Matthews, J. I., Seabrook, J. A., & Dworatzek, P. D. (2015). Self-reported food skills of university students. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 39, S60.
  • Cheikh, N. Dworatzek, P, & Matthews, J. (2015). “FRESH at Oakridge? I’d be down for that”: A qualitative focus group study. [Intern Abstract]. Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Quebec City, Quebec. Available at Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research – 2015 Intern Research Abstracts
  • Wilson, C. K., Matthews, J.I., Seabrook, J. A., & Dworatzek, P. D. N. (2015). Self-reported food skills of university students: Comparisons by sex, living condition, and Food and Nutrition education. Southwestern Ontario Applied Human Nutrition Symposium, Brescia University College.
  • Matthews, J. (on behalf of FRESH co-advisors Dr. Paula Dworatzek and Ms. Anne Zok). (2014). Peer education and Sustainable Development Goals: The FRESH program. As a member of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE), I was invited to co-present a workshop entitled, Focus on Families to Improve Sustainable Development and Eradicate Poverty by Providing Basic Conditions and Empowerment during the 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference at United Nations Headquarters in New York, August 27-29. IFHE holds Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council. The Final Declaration from the conference was submitted to the UN Secretary-General to guide the post-2015 development agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals and Targets are available at http://www.icsu.org/publications/reports-and-reviews/review-of-targets-for-the-sustainable-development-goals-the-science-perspective-2015/sdgs-report-supplement-goals-and-targets
  • Doerr, L., Matthews, J., & Dworatzek, P. (2014). Good intentions, inadequate knowledge: Students want to eat better, but may not know how. Oral presentation. Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario. Abstract available here.
  • Matthews, J., Zok, A., Quenneville, E., & Dworatzek, P. D. N. (2014). Development and implementation of FRESH – A post-secondary nutrition education program incorporating population strategies, experiential learning, and intersectoral partnerships. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 105(4), e306-e311.
  • Morris, D., & Matthews, J. (2014). Communication, respect, and leadership: Interprofessional collaboration in hospitals of rural Ontario. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 75(4), 173-179.
  • Matthews, J. (2013). Enhancing food and nutrition curricula in higher education by assigning collaborative food system assessment projects. Journal of College Teaching and Learning, 10(4): 245–254.
  • Charles, C., Matthews, J., & Dworatzek, P. D. N. (2013, June). Going for gold (but not quite there): Healthfulness of foods and beverages in university vending machines. [Poster Presentation]. Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Matthews, J., & Dworatzek, P. D. N. (2012). ‘Millennial’ graduate students’ use of technology and problem-based learning to enhance higher-level cognition in health promotion program planning. American Journal of Health Sciences, 3(3):195–200.
  • Quenneville, E., Dworatzek, P., & Matthews, J. (2012, June). Formative evaluation of a peer nutrition education program for university students. Paper presentation. Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario. Abstract available here
  • Morris, D. & Matthews, J. (2011, June). Interprofessional collaboration in small and rural hospitals in southwestern Ontario: A case study approach. Poster presentation. Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta. Abstract available here.
  • Johnson, C., Hobson, S., Garcia, A., & Matthews, J. (2011). Nutrition and food skills education for adults with developmental disabilities. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research 72(1), 7–13.
  • Garcia, A. C., Sykes, L., Matthews, J., Martin, N., Leipert, B. (2010). Perceived faciliators of and barriers to healthful eating among university students. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research [Online Version], 71(2), e28–e33.
  • Wilson, E. D., Garcia, A. C., & Matthews, J. (2010, May). Going green in healthcare foodservices: A survey of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours regarding environmentally-friendly practices. Paper presentation, Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec. Abstract available here.
  • Ejbick, C., & Matthews, J. (2010, May). Public perceptions of the safety of store-bought foods in London, Ontario. Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec. Intern Abstract available here.
  • Ai, C., & Matthews, J. (2010, May). Cultural exchange among university students in London, Ontario: ESL Student Nutrition Awareness Program. Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec. Intern Abstract available here.
  • Matthews, J., Sheeshka, J., Chapman, G. E., Evers, S., & Dwyer, J. J. M. (2009, June). “It’s a good guide, but …”: Perceptions of Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating among urban Ontario adults. Paper presentation, Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Charlottetown, PEI. Abstract available in Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 70(3), Supplement, E6.
  • Johnson, C., Matthews, J., Hobson, S., & Garcia, A. C. (2009, June). Nutrition education and cooking programs for adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities: A needs assessment. Paper presentation, Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Charlottetown, PEI. Abstract available in Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 70(3), Supplement, E20.
  • Garcia, A. C., Sykes, L., Martin, N., Matthews, J., & Leipert, B. (2009, June). A pilot study on the use of Photovoice as a qualitative method to determine perceived barriers and facilitators to healthy eating among university students. Poster presentation, Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Charlottetown, PEI. Abstract available in Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 70(3), Supplement, E6.
  • Hsu, D., & Matthews, J. (2009, June). Perceptions of Canada’s Food Guide among Chinese Canadians living in the greater Toronto area. Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Charlottetown, PEI. Intern Abstract available here
  • Gogol, L., Hobson, S., & Matthews, J. (2009, June). Key issues in the implementation and success of food skills programs for adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Charlottetown, PEI. Intern Abstract available here.
  • Matthews, J. (2008, October). Intergenerational Service-Learning: The Food History Scrapbook Project. Paper presentation, Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Conference, London.
  • Matthews, J., & Sheeshka, J. (2005, February). Throwing the baby out with the bath water: How skepticism fuels resistance to dietary recommendations. Poster presentation, 6th International Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Matthews, J., Sheeshka, J., & Finlay, K. (2003, May). Effective risk communication? A content analysis of four Canadian newspapers. Oral presentation, Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research Event, Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta. Abstract available in Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 64(2), Supplement, S93.
  • Sheeshka, J., & Matthews, J. (2002). Functional foods: A new era in nutrition. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 63(4), 3-page insert.

Teaching Philosophy

Brescia’s commitment to providing both internal and external learning opportunities supports the main focus of my teaching: to link our educational experience with the world around us. Putting our strategic plan of “Living Leadership” into action, I actively seek community partners who welcome Brescia student involvement and I am a strong supporter of student associations on campus. I am also passionate about incorporating unique forms of pedagogy into my teaching to engage students in their learning and prepare them for the world of the future.