No photo availableNoreen Willows, PhD

Office: 4-378 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
Mail: University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2R3
Phone: 780-492-3989
Fax: 780-492-4265

Current Position


Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science


Research Area


Community Nutrition


Current Research Activities


My areas of research interest are First Nations health, maternal and child nutrition, food insecurity, and the relationship between culture and food choice.


Current research projects are:

(1)          Understanding the sociocultural and biological determinants of overweight in Cree children;


(2)          Use of ethnography to understand cultural and community norms, concerns and beliefs about obesity, and


(3)          Infant feeding choices in Mexico and the relationship to infant growth, nutrition and infection.


Teaching responsibilities include the cultural determinants of food choice.




PhD, Human Nutrition, McGill University


Selected Publications


ND Willows, M Johnson, GDC Ball.  Prevalence estimates of pediatric overweight and obesity in First Nations preschool children using international and U.S. reference criteria.  American Journal of Public Health. (In press, to be published Feb. 2007)

C Ng, D Marshall, ND Willows.  Obesity, adiposity, physical fitness and activity levels in Cree children International Journal of Circumpolar Health. (In press, to be published Sept 2006)


ND Willows, V Au.  Nutritional quality and price of university food bank hampers. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research.  67(2):104-7, 2006


BN Barbarich, ND Willows, L Wang, MT Clandinin.  Polyunsaturated fatty acids and anthropometric indices of children in rural China.  European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. March 2006; doi:10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602424. [Epub ahead of print]


H Vallianatos, EA Brennand, K Raine, Q Stephen, B Petawabano, D Dannenbaum, ND Willows.  Beliefs and practices of First Nation women about weight gain during pregnancy and lactation: implications for women’s health.  Canadian Journal of Nursing Research 38 (1): 102–119, 2006.


LA Meldrum, ND Willows.  Food insecurity in university students receiving financial aid Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research.  67(1):43-6, 2006.


ND Willows, R Iserhoff, L Napash, L Leclerc, T Verrall. Anxiety about food supply in Cree women with infants in Quebec.  International Journal of Circumpolar Health 64(1):59-68, 2005.

ND Willows. Overweight in Aboriginal children: Prevalence, implications and solutions.  Journal of Aboriginal Health 2:76-85, 2005.

ND Willows. Determinants of healthy eating in Aboriginal peoples in Canada: The current state of knowledge and research gaps.  Canadian Journal of Public Health 96:S32-S36, 2005.

EA Brennand, D Dannenbaum, ND Willows. Pregnancy outcomes of First Nations women in relation to pregravid weight and pregnancy weight gain. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 27 (10):936-44, 2005


M Doll, GDC Ball, ND Willows. Rating of figures used for body image assessment varies depending on the method of figure presentation.  International Journal of Eating Disorders 35:109-114, 2004.


ND Willows, K Gray-Donald.  Infection and anemia in Canadian aboriginal infants.  Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research 65(4):180-2, 2004.


ND Willows, Gray-Donald K. Serum retinol is associated with hemoglobin concentration in infants who are not vitamin A deficient.  Nutrition Research 23:891-900, 2003.


ND Willows, Gray-Donald K. Blood lead concentrations and iron deficiency in Canadian aboriginal infants. The Science of the Total Environment 280: 255-260, 2002.


ND Willows, E Dewailly, K Gray-Donald.  Anemia and iron status in Inuit infants from northern Quebec.  Canadian Journal of Public Health, 91: 407-410, 2000.


ND Willows, J Morel, K Gray-Donald.  Prevalence of anemia among James Bay Cree infants of northern Quebec.  CMAJ; 162:323-326, 2000.