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Juliana Cohen

Research Associate

Department of Nutrition

Department of Nutrition

655 Huntington Ave
Building 2, Room 359
Boston, Massachusetts 02115


ScD, Harvard University, Department of Nutrition

ScM, Harvard University, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health


I have broad research interests in pediatric nutrition, including school-based interventions, child/adolescent health and development, health disparities, and nutrition policy.  My 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. My research also examines the impact of children’s diets on cognitive functioning.


Cohen JF, Richardson S, Cluggish A. S, Parker E, Catalano P, Rimm EB. A randomized control trial of choice architecture and chef-enhanced meals on the selection and consumption of healthier school foods; 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 JFW, 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 JFW, 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 Consumption Among Middle School Students in Boston: Implications for Research, Nutrient Consumption, and Food Waste 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.. 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 June;112(6): 927-933

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