Judi Brooks

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Professor

Health Sciences

357 Marshall

734.487.3221

[email protected]

Education

  • PhD, Oklahoma State University

  • MS, Oklahoma State University

  • BS, Michigan State University

Biography

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

 

Scholarly/ Research Interests:

  • 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

Publications

Book Chapters

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.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

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. 

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Fenske, D., Brooks, J., McBurrows, L., & Zakrajsek, A. Pre-Professional Interdisciplinary Education: It Can Happen Early! Podium presentation at the Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center Conference, September 19-20, 2019, Grand Rapids, MI.

Goldstein, S., Demchak, D.H., Swick, C., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Huth-Bocks, A., & Lajiness-O’Neill, R. Sensorimotor skills predict infant communication at four and nine months. Poster presentation at the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Annual Meeting, June 2019, Chicago, IL.

Goldstein, S., Staples, A., Flores, A., Swick, C., Reed, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Huth-Bocks, A., & Lajiness-O’Neill, R. Infant Sleep Predicts Maternal Self-Efficacy at Newborn and Two Months. Poster presentation at the 2019 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Annual Meeting, March 21-23, 2019, Baltimore, MD.

Staples, A., Goldstein, S., Flores, A., Swick, C., Reed, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Huth-Bocks, A., & Lajiness-O’Neill, R. Effects of Feeding Method on Maternal Sleep Satisfaction and Concern for Infant Sleep. Poster presentation at the 2019 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Annual Meeting, March 21-23, 2019, Baltimore, MD.

Goldstein, S., Staples, A., Flores, Swick, C., A., Reed, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Huth-Bocks, A., & Lajiness-O’Neill, R. Maternal Anxiety and Sleep Predict Greater Concern About Infant Sleep at Newborn and Two Months. Poster presentation at the 2019 International Neurological Society (INS) Annual Meeting, February 20-23, 2019, New York City, NY.

Swick, C., Flores, A., Reed, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Huth-Bocks, A., Schilling, S., Warschausky, S., & Lajiness-O’Neill, R. Validation of the social-emotional information processing subscale of PediaTracTM, an infant tracking tool. Poster presentation at the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Annual Meeting, June 2018, San Diego, CA.

Swick, C., Flores, A., Reed, R., Andersen, T., McFarlane, K., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Huth-Bocks, A., Schilling, S., Warchausky, S. &Lajiness-O’Neill, R. Criterion validation of the social-emotional/communication domain of PediaTracTM: a web-based tool to screen and track developing infants. Poster presentation at the International Neurological Society (INS) Annual Meeting, February 2018, Washington, DC.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., & Huth-Bocks, A. Development and Preliminary Validation of PediaTracTM: A Web-Based Tool to Screen and Track Developing Infants. Poster presentation at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Pediatrics (SDBP) in Cleveland, OH, October 15, 2017.

Pearson, M., Brooks, J., Rainville, A.J. Sources of Calcium, Vitamin D, Fiber, and Potassium in American Fast Food. Poster presentation at the 2016 Food and Nutrition Conference Expo, October 15-18, 2016, Boston, MA.

Lukomski, A., Brooks, J., Lajiness-O’Neill, R. PediaTracTM:There’s an App For That! Poster presentation at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) 36th Annual Conference (Practice Innovation), Las Vegas, NV, March 11-14th, 2015.

Brekkan, A., Brooks, J., & Carbone, J. Breastfeeding Perceptions and Practices of Registered Dietitians: A Survey of Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Members. Poster presentation at the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting (April 24, 2014),

Brooks, J, Fox, DP, Reaves, JO, Francis-Connolly, E. The Healthcare Team: Modeling Through Interdisciplinary Teaching. Panel Presentation at the 2009 SOTL Academy, May 18-19, 2009, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.

Fox, D., Brooks, J.T., Francis-Connolly, E., and Schuster, E. Lessons learned from teaching an interdisciplinary course on aging. Poster presentation at the national meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 2005, Orlando, FL.

Leslie, S. and Brooks, J.Nutrition Education Resources used by Renal Dietitians for the Outpatient Dialysis Population in Michigan. Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Spring Meeting, May 2005, Grand Rapids, MI

Elling, K. and Brooks, J.Teaching the Ideals of Sustainability in the School System. Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Spring Meeting, May 2005, Grand Rapids, MI

Brooks, J.International Health Challenges: Awareness for Future Practitioners. Presented as part of the poster session “Aging and Global Diversity: Implications for Health and Practice” at the national meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 2004, Washington, D.C.

Brooks, J.Random Acts of Wellness: A Wellness Program Initiative and a Celebration of National Nutrition Month. Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Spring Meeting, May 2004, Troy, MI

Pernecky, S. and Brooks, J.Pilot Study:  A Fifteen-week Multi-modality Weight Management Program Using the LEARN Approach. Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Spring Meeting, May 2004, Troy, MI.

Brooks, J.A Nutrition Perspective on Aging and the Life Course. Poster presentation to the Association of Gerontologists in Higher Education Annual Meeting, March 2004, Richmond, VA.

Brooks, J., Francis-Connolly, E. Aging to Infancy – A Life Course Retrospective: An Interdisciplinary Course. Paper presentation at the Gerontological Society of America, November 23, 2003, San Diego, CA.

Brooks, J.Random Acts of Wellness: A Wellness Program Initiative and a Celebration of National Nutrition Month. Poster presentation at The American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, October 2003, San Antonio, TX.

Schuster, E., Sims Gray, S., Alford, P., Brooks, J., and Francis-Connolly, E. The Boulevard Temple – Eastern Michigan University Interdisciplinary Community-Based Project. Panel presentation at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference, September 2003, Ypsilanti, MI.

Brooks, J. Unexpected Outcomes of Forming an Interdisciplinary Team. Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, May 30, 2003, Midland, MI.

McKee, R., Brooks, J.The Use of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavioral Change in an Eating Disorders Support Group. Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, May 30, 2003, Midland, MI.

Lee, M., Brooks, J.A Case Study of the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH). Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, May 30, 2003, Midland, MI.

Gerharter, M., Brooks, J. How the Marketing Media Impacts Health Care Professionals’ Decision to Recommend Term Infant Formula Containing Long Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids. Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, May 30, 2003, Midland, MI.

Garvin, E., Brooks, J. Eating Healthy on Campus. Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, May 30, 2003, Midland, MI.

Everett, B., Brooks, J.The Pima Puzzle: Why Do the Pima Indians of Arizona Have the Highest Incidence of Obesity in the World? Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, May 30, 2003, Midland, MI.

Phelps-Coxton, L. Brooks, J. A Comparison Study of the Prevalence of End Stage Renal Disease Due to Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension in African American Men and Women 55 years of Age and Older. Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, May 30, 2003, Midland, MI.

Brooks, J., Trewn, P. An Interdisciplinary Team: Transforming teaching and learning. Podium presentation at the Michigan Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, March 21, 2003, Grand Rapids, MI.

Brooks, J., Trewn, P. An Interdisciplinary Team: Transforming teaching and learning. Roundtable presentation at the Association of Gerontologists in Higher Education National Meeting, March 7, 2003, Tampa, FL.

Brooks, J.Laying the Ground Work for a Wellness Program Using an Online Self- Assessment Tool. Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, May 17, 2002, Livonia, MI.

Miller, C., Brooks, J. Do Nutrition Messages at the Point of Purchase Influence Consumer Food-Buying Behavior? Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, May 17, 2002, Livonia, MI.

Brooks, J. An Interdisciplinary Team: Transforming teaching and learning. Podium presentation at Eastern Michigan University’s Teaching and Learning Showcase, April 12, 2002, Ypsilanti, MI.

Brooks, J. An Online Delivery Method in a Coordinated Program in Dietetics Education. Podium presentation at the Michigan Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, March 8, 2002, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Original Scholarship Presented within the University 

Coburn, J., Mistry, A., & Brooks, J.Characteristics of Food Blogs and Food Bloggers that May Influence Dietary Habits, Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, March 2018, Ypsilanti, MI.

Pendleton, M., Mistry, A. & Brooks, J.Molecular Hydrogen: The Potential for a New Medicine, Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium, March 2017, Ypsilanti, MI.

Kleppe, A., DeMent, J., Flynn, J., Braun, A., Flores, A., Nyman, T., Swick, C, Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Lukomski, A., & Brooks, J.PediaTrac™: There’s an App for That! Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium, March 2015, Ypsilanti, MI.

Campbell-Buzzell, J., Brooks, J. Pediatric and Adolescent Weight Management Literature Review. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, March 2009, Ypsilanti, MI.

Murphy, D., Brooks, J. Nutrition and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, March 2009, Ypsilanti, MI.

Busick (Brzys), D., Brooks, J.Parent Food Purchases as a Measure of Exposure and its Effects on Preschool-Aged Children’s Willingness to Identify and Taste Fruits and Vegetables. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, March 2007, Ypsilanti, MI.

Leslie, S. Brooks, J. Nutrition Education Resources used by Renal Dietitians for the Outpatient Dialysis Population in Michigan. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, March 2005, Ypsilanti, MI.

Elling, K., Brooks, J.Teaching the Ideals of Sustainability in the School System. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium, March 2005, Ypsilanti, MI.

Pernecky, S., Brooks, J. Pilot Study: A Fifteen-week Multi-modality Weight Management Program Using the LEARN Approach. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, March 2004, Ypsilanti, MI.

Lee, M., Brooks, J.Nutrition Education to Prevent Obesity in School-Aged Children in Southeast Michigan. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium, March 2004, Ypsilanti, MI.

Phelps, L., Brooks, J.A Comparison Study of the Prevalence of End Stage Renal Disease Due to Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension in African American Men and Women 55 years of Age and Older. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, March 2003, Ypsilanti, MI.

Everett, B., Brooks, J.The Pima Puzzle: Why Do the Pima Indians of Arizona Have the Highest Incidence of Obesity in the World? Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium, March 2003, Ypsilanti, MI.

Lee, M., Brooks, J.A Case Study of the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH).

Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium, March 2003, Ypsilanti, MI.

Garvin, E., Brooks, J.Eating Healthy on the EMU Campus. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium, March 2003, Ypsilanti, MI.

Miller, C., Brooks, J.Do Nutrition Messages at the Point of Purchase Influence Consumer Food-Buying Behavior? Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, March 2002, Ypsilanti, MI.

Ong, E., Brooks, J.Malaysian Foods. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium, March 2002, Ypsilanti, MI.

Kret, L., Brooks, J.Nutrition Education in Grades K-7: A Comparison of Suburban Schools. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, March 2001, Ypsilanti, MI.

Lauchu, J., Brooks, J.Development of a Science-Based Nutrition Curriculum for High School Students. Podium presentation and 2001 Sigma Xi Award Winner at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, March 2001, Ypsilanti, MI.

Poniewozik, C., Brooks, J.Development of a Medical Nutrition Therapy Protocol for Collegiate Athletes with Anemia. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium, March 2001, Ypsilanti, MI.

Peer-Reviewed Abstracts

Goldstein, S., Staples, A., Flores, A., Swick, C., Reed, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Huth-Bocks, A., & Lajiness-O’Neill, R. Infant Sleep Predicts Maternal Self-Efficacy at Newborn and Two Months, published abstract Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. February/March 2020 (yet to be published)

Staples, A., Goldstein, S., Flores, A., Swick, C., Reed, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Huth-Bocks, A., & Lajiness-O’Neill, R. Effects of Feeding Method on Maternal Sleep Satisfaction and Concern for Infant Sleep, published abstract, Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics February/March 2020 (yet to be published)

Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Huth-Bocks, A. Development and Preliminary Validation of PediaTrac™: A Web-Based Tool to Screen and Track Developing Infants, published abstract, Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics February/March 2018, Vol 39: 2, p. S1-S21.

Fox, D., Brooks, J.T., Francis-Connolly, E., and Schuster, E. Lessons learned from Teaching an interdisciplinary course on aging, published abstract, Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 21, 2005.

Brooks, J.T. International Health Challenges: Awareness for Future Practitioners, published abstract, Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 20, 2004.

Brooks, J.T.A Nutrition Perspective on Aging and the Life Course, published abstract, Association of Gerontologists in Higher Education National Meeting, 2004.

Brooks, J. Random Acts of Wellness: A Wellness Program Initiative and a Celebration of National Nutrition Month, published abstract, The Journal of the American Dietetic Association, September 2003, 103:8.

Brooks, J., Trewn, P. An Interdisciplinary Team: Transforming Teaching and Learning, published abstract, Michigan Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, March 21, 2003.

Brooks, J.An Online Delivery Method in a Coordinated Program in Dietetics Education, published abstract, Michigan Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, March 8, 2002.

Grants and Awards

Brooks, J., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., & Lukomski, A. Retaining Caregiver-Infant Dyads Participating in the PediaTracTM Project A $3,693.70 CHHS Research Support award, February 2019.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Project Director, PI; Warschausky, S., Site PI UM; Huth-Bocks, A., Site PI UH/CWRU; Taylor, H.G., Site PI Nationwide; Brooks, J., Co-I; Lukomski, A., Co-I. PediaTracTM: Web-based Measure to Screen and Track Early Developmental Trajectories. 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.

McBurrows, L., Brooks, J., Fenske, D., & Zakrajsek, A. It Takes a Village:Educating Future Interdisciplinary Health Care Team Members. A $7,490 IPE Mini Grant from the CHHS, April 2018.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A. Interdisciplinary Statistical Training for Complex Survey Data Analysis. A $5,000 grant from Women in Philanthropy (WIP), December 2015.

Brooks, J. Postage and Birthday Gift for Pilot Study to Evaluate PediaTrac™. A $1400 grant from a Provost’s Research Support Award, October 2015.

Brooks, J., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Lukomski, A. PediaTracTM: There’s an App for That! Eastern Michigan University Faculty Research Fellowship, half-time course release for 2014-2015 academic year and $3,000; 2014.

Brooks, J., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Lukomski, A. Incentivization of aPilot Study to Evaluate the Rate of Eating Disordered Behavior in Autism. College of Health and Human Services Deans Research Support, $3,600; 2014.

Brooks, J., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Schmidt, T. Pilot Study to Evaluate the Rate of Eating Disordered Behavior in Autism. James A. and Faith Knight Foundation, $25,000; 2011.

 

Courses

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.

Professional

Awards and Recognitions: 

  • 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.

 

Instruction

  • Community nutrition
  • Nutrition and aging
  • Interdisciplinary education
  • Writing

 

Certification

  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration