ICN Applied Research

The Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division (ICN, ARD) is located at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. ARD supports the ICN mission by systematically conducting research and development projects that influence child nutrition operational practices by increasing knowledge, providing research based resources, and determining best practices for issues impacting the operation and improvement of Child Nutrition Programs.

 

Our primary research threads include: operational accountability, customer service, best practices, human resources, wellness, and equipment purchasing and facility design. ARD partners with State Agency staff, child nutrition professionals, content experts, consultants, and other university faculty to conduct research. As a result, user-friendly resources, reports and Insights are developed for use by child nutrition professionals which are available free of charge on the ICN website.

 

Research reports and ICN Insights present the results of research with practical applications to achieving excellence in Child Nutrition Program operations such as the NationalSchool Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

 

To find research documents click Document Library tab at the top of the page and choose List Research Resources by Title, or search by the keyword, research. You can also find research resources by visiting the Subject Index and clicking on the Research link.


ARD News:

IICN, ARD presented four posters highlighting current research at the School Nutrition Association's 2015 Annual National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Download ICN Applied Research Division: SNA ANC 2015 Poster Session. 


NEW! Competencies, Knowledge and Skills for State Agency Child Nutrition Professionals in the 21st Century

Staff:
   

Mary Frances Nettles, PhD, RD
Director
Mary.Nettles@usm.edu

Shellie Hubbard, MA
Research Assistant
Srhubbard@usm.edu

Marjuyua Lartey-Rowser, PhD, RD
Research Scientist
Marjuya.Lartey@usm.edu

Kristi Lewis, PhD, RD
Research Scientist
Kristi.Lewis@usm.edu

Karen Mullins
Office Administrator
Karen.Mullins@usm.edu

Keith Rushing, PhD, RD
Research Scientist
Keith.Rushing@usm.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us:


ICN, Applied Research Division
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5060
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Phone: (601) 261-2480
Toll free 1-800-321-3054
Fax: (601) 261-3783

 

Shipping Address
2609 West 4th Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

 

 

 

 

 

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