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Faculty Member

Valerie Tarasuk PhD, MSc, BASc, BEd, BA

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
(416) 978-0618
Office Address
Department of Nutritional Sciences 150 College Street Toronto, ON M5S 3E2
Clinical Public Health Division
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Non budgtry Crss

Research Interests

  • food insecurity, nutrition inequities, food policy, food and nutrition issues related to poverty and homelessness in Canada.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • NFS 1201, Public Health Nutrition

Honours & Awards

Current Research Projects

  • 2009-2012 – The provision of food assistance in Canada: forging a more adequate response.
  • 2009-2011 – An examination of nutrition-related food marketing in Canadian supermarkets.
  • 2006-2008 – The dynamics of food insecurity in Canada: a follow-up study.

Representative Publications

  • V Tarasuk, N Dachner. The proliferation of charitable meal programs in Toronto. Canadian Public Policy. 2010.
  • S Kirkpatrick, V Tarasuk. Assessing the relevance of neighbourhood characteristics to the household food security of low-income Toronto families. Public Health Nutrition 2010.
  • V Tarasuk, S Fitzpatrick, H Ward. Nutrition inequities in Canada. Applied Physiology, Nutrition & Metabolism. 2010: 35.
  • N Dachner, B Poland, S Gaetz, V Tarasuk. An ethnographic study of meal programs for homeless and under-housed individuals in Toronto. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2009; 20: 846-853.
  • S Kirkpatrick, V Tarasuk. Food insecurity and participation in community food programs among low-income Toronto families. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2009; 100: 135-138.
  • V Tarasuk, J Vogt. Household food insecurity in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2009;100: 184-188.
  • L Ricciuto, V Tarasuk. An examination of nutrition-related disparities in the nutritional quality of food selections among Canadian households from 1986-2001. Social Science & Medicine. 2007; 64: 186-198.
  • V Tarasuk, N Dachner, J Li. Homeless youth in Toronto are nutritionally vulnerable. Journal of Nutrition. 2005; 135: 1926-1933.
  • V Tarasuk, J Eakin. Food assistance through surplus food: insights from an ethnographic study of food bank work. Agriculture & Human Values. 2005; 22: 177-186.
  • V Tarasuk, J Eakin. Charitable food assistance as symbolic gesture: an ethnographic study of food banks in Ontario. Social Science & Medicine, 2003; 56: 1505-1515.