Judi Brooks

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Health Sciences

357 Marshall


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  • PhD, Oklahoma State University

  • MS, Oklahoma State University

  • BS, Michigan State University


Dr. Brooks has been a registered dietitian since 1984, has been teaching in some capacity since 1985, and has been at EMU since 1999. She became tenured and was promoted to Associate Professor in the Dietetics and Human Nutrition Programs in 2004 and is currently a full Professor, a rank she has held since her promotion in 2009. 

Dr. Brooks was a founding member of EMU’s Autism Collaborative Center and the nutrition member of the team that launched that facility in 2009. An outgrowth of that experience was her connection with her research team, comprised of Dr. Angela Lukomski, School of Nursing, and Dr. Renee Lajiness-O’Neill, Department of Psychology. These individuals are the founding members of The PediaTrac™ Project, a multi-disciplinary project dedicated to creating a comprehensive, user-friendly tool for tracking infant development across key domains, one of which is feeding and eating. 

In 2018 the PediaTrac™ Team was awarded a $4.5 million, 5-year (6/2018 to 7/2023) grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD of the NIH under Award Number R01HD095957 for the project PediaTracTM: Web-based Measure to Screen and Track Early Developmental Trajectories. This is the first ever R01 for EMU and the largest grant in EMU history. Dr. Brooks is proud to be a member of this team, to be representing the Dietetics and Human Nutrition Programs in such a powerful way, and to be creating a tool with the potential to make a real difference in the lives of families with children. If you want to know more about the grant, please visit our website at pediatrac.com


Dr. Brooks’ research interests include: 

  • Interdisciplinary research

  • Research on interdisciplinary teaching and learning

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities

  • Life span growth and development

  • Obesity prevention and treatment

  • Weight management



See Dr. Brooks' full Curriculum Vitae [PDF].

Book Chapter:

Brooks, J., Fenske, D., McBurrows, L., and Zakrajsek, A. (2020; in-press) Training Future Health Professionals using an Interdisciplinary Approach in a Pre-requisite Human Growth and Development Course in J. Friberg, C. Visconti, and S. Ginsberg (Eds.), Evidence-Based Education in the Classroom: Examples from Clinical Disciplines. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Inc.



Goldstein, S., Staples, A., Flores, A., Swick, C., Reed, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Huth-Bocks, A., Lajiness-O'Neill, R. Postpartum Maternal Anxiety and Infant Sleep: A Pilot PediaTrac™ Study. Infant Mental Health Journal. Under Review.


Lajiness-O'Neill, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Schilling, S., Flores, A., Swick, C., Nyman, T., Andersen, T., Huth-Bocks, A., Warschausky, S., Morris, N., Schmitt, T. A., Smith, J., Moir, B., Hodges, E. K., & Lyddy, J. E. Development and validation of PediaTrac:  A web-based tool to track developing infants. Infant Behavior and Development. 50 (2018) 224-237. Note: The first three authors share equal authorship.


Pastore RL, Brooks JT, Carbone JW. Paleolithic nutrition improves plasma lipid concentrations of hypercholesterolemic adults to a greater extent than traditional heart-healthy dietary recommendations. Nutr Res. 2015.


Brooks, J., Fox, DP, Reaves, JO, Lukomski, A. Best Practices for an Interdisciplinary Team Taught Course. Educational Gerontology, 35(9): 818-830, 2009.


Busick, D., Brooks, J., Pernecky, S., Dawson, R., and Petzoldt, J. Parent food purchases as a measure of exposure and preschool-aged children’s willingness to identify and taste fruit and vegetables. Appetite, 51(3): 468-473, Nov. 2008.


Schuster, E., Francis-Connolly, E., Alford, P., and Brooks, J.  The Conceptualization and Development of a course on Aging to Infancy: A Life Course Retrospective.  Educational Gerontology, 29: 841-850, 2003. 



Dr. Brooks is a founding member of the course IHHS 260 Aging to Infancy: A Life Course Retrospective and has been teaching this course since 2003. The course is the College of Health and Human Services’ (CHHS) equivalent to EDPS 325 Human Growth and Development and it is a pre-requisite or admission requirement for most programs in the College. Dr. Brooks teaches this course during the fall and winter both on campus and online. She also teaches an Honors section in the winter and teaches online in the summer.

Dr. Brooks has also developed numerous courses in the graduate program and has taught DTC 500 Research Methods, DTC 648 Methods and Strategies for Community-Based Nutrition Education, DTC 638 Cultural Nutrition and Nutritional Ecology, DTC 658 Nutrition and Aging, DTC 518 Interdisciplinary Team Functions, and DTC 538 Outcomes Management. 

Dr. Brooks has also taught numerous undergraduate pre-requisite and program courses including, DTC 108 Intro to Careers in Nutrition and Dietetics, DTC 358 Food and Culture, DTC 372 Lifecycle Nutrition, and DTC 430 Community Nutrition, among others.




  • Outstanding Dietetic Educator award from the Michigan Dietetic Association for 2007.

  • Recognition in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Educators for 2006.

  • Faculty Appreciation Award from the Division of Student Affairs of Eastern Michigan University in March 2003.

  • Faculty Appreciation Award from the Division of Student Affairs of Eastern Michigan University in March 2002.

  • Gold Medallion for service to the Division of Student Affairs of Eastern Michigan University as a member of the Employee Wellness Committee in March 2002.

  • Gold Medallion for service to the Division of Student Affairs of Eastern Michigan University by someone external to the Division in March 2001.