Arlene Spark

Professor Emeritus
Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences
Arlene Spark is professor emeritus of nutrition and public health in the Department of Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences in the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH).
Before retiring in 2018, Professor Spark had a long career in dietetics, clinical nutrition, food policy, and nutrition education for the public and in the classroom (pre-K through medical school). In addition to the SPH, she held full-time appointments at CUNY’s Lehman and Hunter Colleges and at New York Medical College as well as part-time appointments at CUNY’s Brooklyn College and at New Jersey’s Montclair University and Kean College, New York Institute of Technology, and Columbia University Teachers College. She served as coordinator of nutrition at both Hunter and the SPH. Dr. Spark received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English from the City College of New York (CCNY); at Columba University Teachers College (TC) she earned a Master of Science (MS) in Public Health Nutrition, a Master of Education (EdM) in Community Nutrition Education, and a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Nutrition. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked for a year as a narcotics caseworker for the New York City Department of Social Services followed by three years as a home economics teacher at the Narcotics Addiction Control Commission, which awarded her a paid educational leave of absence for an MS degree. Her doctorate was supported by United States Public Health Service Traineeships. Dr. Spark worked in two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research projects. At the American Health Foundation she was a co-I on a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) intervention in pediatric preventive cardiology study and she also served as a co-PI on an NHLBI longitudinal study of the cardiovascular health of seniors and the built environment in the Department of Community Medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (now the Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai). She was a fellow of both the American Dietetic Association (ADA, now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and of the American College of Nutrition and was in the first cohort of ADA registered dietitians to become board certified in pediatric nutrition. Dr. Spark has published in Am J of the Diseases of Children, Annals of the NY Academy of Science, Asynchronous Learning Networks, J of the Am College of Preventive Medicine, J of the Am Dietetic Assoc, J of the Am Women’s Medical Assoc, J of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, J of Nutrition Education, Home Economics Today, and Nutrition Today. She is the author of three books on public health nutrition and food policy, two co-written with SPH nutrition alumnae.
Degrees
PhD in Statistics from University of British Columbia, Vancouver
MSc in Statistics from University of British Columbia, Vancouver
MEng in Computer Sciences from Institute of Software, Chinese Academy, Beijing
BSc in Mathematics from Peking University, Beijing
Research Interests
Dietetics, clinical nutrition, food policy, and nutrition education
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