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Sarah Misyak, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
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Sarah Misyak
333 Wallace Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research focus: social determinants of health, community food systems, and health disparities

Teaching interests: community/behavioral nutrition, public health nutrition, and community food systems

Ledlie Johnson, M., Misyak, S.A., McFerren, M. & Serrano, E. (2014). Virginia Cooperative Extension program assistants’ motivation for teaching a farmers market orientation lesson. Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program’s National Coordinators’ Conference, Arlington, VA, February 25, 2014.

Ledlie Johnson, M. & Misyak, S.A. Keeping Local Foods Affordable: An optional, open source farmers market lesson for SNAP-eligible populations. National Webinar. eXtension Foodshed Community of Practice, November 21, 2013.

Misyak, S.A. Leading a healthy lifestyle: Farmers markets fruits and vegetables. Guest Lecture. Language and Culture Institute, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, November 15, 2013.

Misyak, S.A., Ledlie Johnson, M., McFerren, M. & Serrano, E. Virginia Cooperative Extension health educator’s motivation for teaching a novel, optional farmers market orientation lesson. Oral Presentation. International Food Studies Conference, Austin, TX, October 15-16, 2013.

Helms, J., Misyak, S.A., & Cricenti, J. Crossing disciplinary boundaries: Exploring current and future roles of graduate students as knowledge producers and educators in higher education. Oral Presentation. Conference of the North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, June 25-29, 2013. 

Misyak, S.A., Ledlie, M., McFerren, M. & Serrano, E. Promoting farmers market attendance through SNAP-Ed: Real and perceived barriers in Virginia. Poster Presentation. Annual Meetings & Conference of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, Association for the Study of Food and Society, and Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, East Lansing, MI, June 19-23, 2013.

Misyak, S.A., Byker, C., Pinard, C., & Serrano, E. Nutrition Assistance Programs at Farmers’ Markets Improve Dietary Quality in the U.S. Poster Presentation.  Annual meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium, May 22-25, 2013.

Misyak, S.A. & Serrano, E. Promoting fruit and vegetable intake through farmers markets: Perceived barriers in Virginia. Poster Presentation. Annual meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, May 22-25, 2013.

2014, Ph.D., HNFE, Behavioral & Community Science, Virginia Tech
Dissertation: Farmers Market Access by Snap-eligible Mothers of Young Children: Barriers and Impact on Nutrition Education Programming for Cooperative Extension

2008, M.S., HNFE, Behavioral & Community Science, Virginia Tech
Thesis: Development of a SNP Assay for the Differentiation of Allelic Variations in the mdx Dystrophic Mouse Model

2006, B.S., HNFE, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Virginia Tech