Horning wins award for highly-cited paper

March 4, 2020

Assistant Professor Melissa HorningAssistant Professor Melissa Horning, PhD, RN, PHN, earned a High-Impact Award from the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior for writing one of the publication’s most-cited articles of 2017.

Horning’s paper, Reasons Parents Buy Prepackaged, Processed Meals: It Is More Complicated Than ‘I Don't Have Time,’ connected lower cooking self-efficacy and meal-planning ability with higher reliance on such meals. The article drew on data from the Healthy Home Offerings via the Mealtime Environment (HOME) Plus research study led by the School of Nursing.

Horning, whose community-based research examines the social determinants of health among children, youth and families, particularly in underserved groups, was a co-investigator of the HOME Plus study.

Professor Jayne Fulkerson, PhD, the principal investigator of HOME Plus, and Sarah Friend, MPH, Rd, evaluation director of the study, were coauthors on the paper.

Horning’s honor will appear in the April issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.