Noreen Willows

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept


Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
(780) 492-3989
4-378 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9




PhD, Human Nutrition, McGill University

Job/Research Area 

Community Nutrition 


7-year (2010-2017) Health Scholar award from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions to engage in Population Health Intervention Research to Enhance Community Food Security in First Nation Communities in Alberta. 

2015 named by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science as one of the “Teachers of the Year”  

A 2015 research article was singled out as an example of “Creativity and Innovation in Nutrition Education” by the 2014-2015 President of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB), which represents the professional interests of nutrition educators in the United States and worldwide 

2013 recipient of the Centrum Foundation New Scientist Award of the Canadian Nutrition Society for outstanding research in nutrition 

2013 plaque recipient for contributions to improving the wellbeing of Alberta’s children, youth and family at Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research 10th Anniversary Research Showcase


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests 

Noreen Willows has a PhD in Human Nutrition from McGill University and degrees in Archaeology (MA) and Anthropology (BSc with distinction) from the University of Calgary. She is Associate Professor of Community Nutrition at the University of Alberta. Dr. Willows considers herself to be a nutritional anthropologist. She uses anthropological, qualitative and quantitative methodologies for studying key aspects of the nutrition of individuals, families, and communities. Her research program explores the relationships between food and health; cultural meanings of food and health; how food beliefs and dietary practices affect the well-being of communities; and, how socio-cultural factors affect food intake and food selection. She takes a community-based, participatory approach to research, in which she collaborates respectfully with community members to find solutions to health problems. Her research focuses predominantly on First Nations communities. Currently, she is working with First Nations communities in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec to help address their food security and nutrition concerns. Recent research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research. It is collaborate research with First Nation communities to (1) gain information about food security to form the development of tailored, community-based interventions, and (2) to build community capacity to alleviate food insecurity. In addition, Dr. Willows has addressed key knowledge gaps about the food security situation of postsecondary students at the University of Alberta.


NU FS 377 - Introduction to Population and Public Health Nutrition

Community nutrition is the application of public health principles to design programs, interventions, policies and environments that aim to achieve the optimal health of populations and targeted groups. The course will introduce students to concepts used in the fields of community, public health and global nutrition including the principles of population health, health promotion, nutrition education, cultural competency, and program planning and evaluation. Prerequisites: NU FS 223 and (NU FS 305 or NUTR 301). May contain alternative delivery sections: refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

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Featured Publications

Willows N, Dyck Fehderau D, Raine KD

Health & Social Care in the Community. 2016 January; 24 (5):567-575

Vallianatos H, Willows ND

Indigenous Peoples: perspectives, cultural roles and health care disparities. 2016 January;

Atkey KM, Raine KD, Storey KE, Willows ND

Health Promotion Practice. 2016 January; 17 (5):623-630

Hanbazaza M, Ball GD, Farmer A, Maximova K, Willows ND

Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2016 January; 11 (4):569-577

Willows, N

Calcium: chemistry, analysis, function and effects. Victor Preedy, editor. 2016 January;

Triador L, Farmer A, Maximova K, Willows N, Kootenay J

Journal of nutrition education and behavior. 2015 January; 47 (2):176-180

Genuis SK, Willows N, Alexander First Nation, Jardine CG

International Journal of Circumpolar Health. 2015 January; 74 (Jul 27):27838

Farahbakhsh J, Ball GD, Farmer AP, Maximova K, Hanbazaza M, Willows ND

Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 2015 January; 76 (4):200-203

Yu YH, Farmer A, Mager D, Willows N

Journal of American College Health. 2014 January; 62 (4):278-284

Dyck Fehderau D, Holt NL, Ball GD, Alexander First Nation, Willows ND

Rural and Remote Health. 2013 January; 13 (2):2289

Willows, N., Batal, M

Nutrition in Infancy. 2013 January;

Levay AV, Mumtaz Z, Rashid SF, Willows N

Reproductive Health. 2013 January; 10 (1):53

Willows ND, Ridley D, Raine KD, Maximova K.M

BMC Pediatr. 2013 January; (Aug 12):13:118

Willows N

Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 2013 January; 38 (11):iii-v

Pigford AE, Dyck Feherau D, Ball GDC, Holt NL, Plotnikoff RC, Veugelers PJ, Arcand E, Alexander First Nation, Willows ND

Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Indigenous and Aboriginal Community Health. 2013 January; 11 (2):171-185

Willows ND, Veugelers P, Raine K, Kuhle S

Health Reports. 2011 January; 22 (2):15-20

Willows ND, Marshall D, Raine K, Ridley DC

Health Education Research. 2009 January; 24 (6):1051-1058

Downs SM, Arnold A, Marshall D, McCargar LJ, Raine KD, Willows ND

Public Health Nutrition. 2009 January; 12 (9):1504–1511

Black TL, Raine K, Willows ND

Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 2008 January; 32 (3):198-205