Areas of Expertise
Nutrition Education, Food and Culture, Health Disparities, Hispanic/Latino Health and Nutrition, Servant Leadership
Registered Dietitian, Licensed (FL), Fellow of the American Dietetic Association
1979-1988 Rutgers, The State University. The Graduate School, Department of Anthropology. Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology. Food and Culture.
1976-1977 New York University (NYU), Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. M.A., Nutrition and Higher Education.
1973-1974 Beth Israel Hospital, Boston Ma. Dietetic Internship.
1969-1973 NYU. Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. B.S., Nutrition and Dietetics.
1988-Present University of North Florida
1981-2007 Variety of Consulting Assignments
1980-1990 Adjunct and part time Teaching
1973-1980 Clinical and Community Nutrition
2011 Girl Scouts of Gateway Council Women of Distinction Recognition
2010-2011 President, American Dietetic Association
2008 Jacksonville Women of Color Cultural Foundation Recognition, Education
2008 Brooks College of Health Service Award
2004 University of North Florida Service Award
2003 HACE (Hispanics Achieving Community Excellence) Award, Education
2001 Florida Dietetic Association Distinguished Dietitian
1997 Outstanding Dietetics Educator, DEP SE Region, American Dietetic Association
1996 Certified Fellow of the American Dietetic Association
1997 Florida Leader, Florida Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
1994 Teaching Incentive Program Award (TIP)
1991 Undergraduate Advising Award (UNF)
1976 1977 Allied Health Traineeship (NYU)
1969-1973 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship (NYU)
Member, American Dietetic Association/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Grants and Contracts Awarded
2011 Rodriguez, J. and Christie, C. Powerful Girls Rock! US, University of North Florida. $5,000 (Internal)
2010 Correa-Matos, N and Rodriguez, J. University of North Florida Transformational Learning Grant: Spanish Immersion in Nutrition Education: Improving cultural competency with a student exchange program in nutrition education from Jacksonville to San Juan, PR., $11, 000. (Internal)
2009-2010 Duval County Health Department Sociocultural Aspects of Nutrition and Nutrition Assessment In-Service and Training. 34,229.00 (External)
2008 Christie, C, Watkins, J, Rodriguez, J. International Undergraduate Grant Proposal for Travel to Belize. UNF Student and International Affairs. $10,000 (Internal)
2008 Christie, C, Watkins, J, Rodriguez, J. International Graduate Grant Proposal for Travel to Belize. UNF Student and International Affairs. $5,000 (Internal)
2008 Weerts, S., Correa-Matos, N., Rodriguez, J., Perkin, J., Watkins, J.A.. UNF Nutrition Faculty Proposal for Manual of Medical Nutrition Therapy Reviewer. Florida Dietetic Association. $7,500. (External)
2007 Rodriguez, J, Correa-Matos. N. UNF’s HOPE: Media Campaign to Raise Obesity Awareness and Prevention. DCHD $10,000. (External)
2007 Correa-Matos, N., Rodriguez, J. UNF’s HOPE: Nutrition Education through a religious based setting. DCHD (External) $7,559.
2007 Christie, C, Watkins, J, Rodriguez, J. International Faculty Grant Proposal for Travel to Belize. UNF Student and International Affairs. $2,500. (External)
Sp2007 Rodriguez, J. DPH Research Release, Spring 2007. $6, 459. (Internal)
2006 Christie, C, Weerts, S, Watkins, J., Correa-Matos, N, Perkin, J., Rodriguez, J, Santibanez, D. UNF Nutrition Faculty Proposal for FL Manual of MNT. Reviewer. $12,500. (External)
2006 Kempannien, J, Rodriguez, J, Christie, C. Transformational Learning Opportunity – Belize. UNF. $27,200. (Internal)
2005 Correa-Matos, N, Christie, C, Rodriguez, J. UNF/VIM Initiative to Combat Metabolic Syndrome in Adults of Northeast Florida with $6,000. (Internal)
2004 Rodriguez, J. Aetna – Hispanic Health Series. AETNA $42,000. (External)
2004 Christie, C, Rodriguez, J. UNF/VIM Community Partnership to Combat Obesity/Health Risks $9,700. (Internal)
Publications & Presentations
2009 Watkins, J., Christie, C., Rodriguez, J., Torres, M., Brown, K. The Dynamics of Globalization and Non-Communicable Disease Risk in a Sample of Culturally Diverse Belizeans International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 4(3):.35-46.
2009 Khan, S., Watkins, J., Rodriguez, J.C., Christie, C. Health Implications Associated with Food Intake Patterns of Belizeans. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 24 (1):73-81.
2008 Rodriguez, J.C., Beverly, L., Correa-Matos, N. Development and Pilot Testing of a Low Literacy Handout for Hispanic/Latino Caregivers to Promote Breastfeeding and Introduce Age Appropriate Foods for Infants. Florida Public Health Review, 2008; 5:93-94.
2006 Santibanez DJ ; Rodriguez JC ; Wilburn ST. Hispanic/Latino health issues seminars: a holistic approach to increasing cultural competency among health care professionals. J Nutr Educ Behav 2006 Sep-Oct; 38(5): 319-20.
2006 Henao JC ; Rodriguez J ; Wilburn ST. Salsa y Salud: increasing healthy lifestyle awareness through a radio-based initiative. Journal of nutrition education and behavior (J Nutr Educ Behav) 2006 Jul-Aug; 38(4): 267-8
2009 Rodriguez, J. et al Latino Food Lover's Glossary. FL Dietetic Assoc. Tallahassee: FL
2007 Rodriguez, J. et al The Diet Selector. NY: Running Press, Publ.
Refereed Oral and Poster Presentations
2009. Watkins, J.A., Christie, C. W., Rodriguez, J. C. Torres, M. & Brown, K. The
Dynamics of Globalization and Non-Communicable Disease Risk in a Sample of
Culturally Diverse Belizeans. Oral presentation at the 4th International Conference on
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Athens Greece July 7-11th, (Dr. Watkins, presenter)
2008 Rodriguez, J.C., Watkins, J. A. & Christie, C. W. Developing Graduate Students’ Cultural Competence through Transformational Didactic and Supervised Practice International Study Experiences. 15th International Congress of Dietetics, Yokohama Japan, September 8-11th, 2008.
2008 Weerts, S., Rodriguez, J., Christie, C., Watkins, J. A., Correa-Matos, N., Nickelson, J & Shank, J. A Strategic Process for Advancing Research and Scholarly Competence in Undergraduate Dietetics Students Globally 15th International Congress of Dietetics, Yokohama Japan, September 8-11th, 2008.
2008 Christie, C., Watkins, J. A., Correa-Matos, N., Rodriguez, J. C., Weerts, S., & Braddock, J. Nutritional Counseling Reduces Diagnostic Indicators of the Metabolic Syndrome in Low Income US Adults. 15th International Congress of Dietetics, Yokohama Japan, September 8-11th, 2008.
2008 Rodriguez, J.C., Christie, C. W., Watkins, J. A. Nutrient Intake and Commonly Consumed Foods of a Small Convenience Sample of Belizeans. Oral presentation at the Unite For Sight, Fifth Annual International Health Conference Building Global Health For Today and Tomorrow Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. April 12-13, 2008CT Note: Dr. Watkins did the poster presentation as I was unable to attend.
7/07 Rodriguez, J., Christie, CW, Watkins, J. Food Consumption and Nutrient Intake Patterns of a Convenience Sample from Three Areas of Belize, 2006. Poster presentation at the Florida Dietetic Association Annual Symposium, Marco Island, Florida. July, 2007.
2007 Watkins JA, Rodriguez JC, Christie C. International Nutrition as Part of a Graduate Education and Supervised Practice Learning Experience. Poster presentation at the Florida Dietetic Association Annual Symposium, Marco Island, Florida. July, 2007.