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Roni A. Neff, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W7010
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
ScM, Harvard School of Public Health, 1997


My research focuses on understanding and changing food systems, particularly promoting food system environmental sustainability and addressing food system inequities, in light of complex environmental and social realities. I perform policy, communications, and consumer behavior research focused mainly in three core areas: 1) wasted food; 2) protein consumption; and 3) urban food system resilience to climate change and other threats. Other interests include farm policy, food system worker health and safety, and framing connections between food systems and public health. I engage with broader food system issues in my role as director of the Food System Environmental Sustainability and Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF).

I edited the first textbook on the US food system, Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Environment, Equity (Wiley-Jossey Bass, 2015). I teach the courses, Baltimore Food Systems: A Case Study in Urban Food Environments and Food System Sustainability Practicum. I also manage CLF research programs including the CLF-Lerner Fellowships for doctoral students and directed research.

Honors and Awards

Excellence in teaching, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010 - 2016.

Faculty Excellence in Service Learning Award, SOURCE, JHSPH 2014

Champion of the Month, May 2014, SOURCE, JHSPH

SOURCE Service Learning Faculty Fellow 2012-13

Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Alpha Chapter

Victor P. Raymond Award in Health Policy

  • Food system
  • food waste
  • meat
  • climate change
  • agriculture
  • policy
  • communication
  • sustainability
  • health disparities
  • Baltimore
  •  history
  • occupational injury and illness
  • resilience.

Below are selected recent publications. My full publication list is available at ResearchGate

  • Neff, RA. [Editor]. Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Public Health, Environment, Equity. San Francisco: Wiley-Jossey Bass, 2015. 576 pages.  (Textbook) Authored chapters: Neff RA, Lawrence RS.  Introduction.  Neff RA, Palmer AM, McKenzie S, Lawrence RS.  The Food System and Health Inequities. Truant P, Neff RA. Food Environments.
  • Neff RA, Spiker ML, Truant PL. 2015. Wasted food: US consumers’ reported awareness, attitudes and behaviors. PLOS ONE. Jun 10;10(6):e0127881
  • Neff RA, Vandevijvere S, Kanter R. 2015. Reducing waste and losses of food while improving public health in the U.S. and globally. Health Affairs. 34:11. 1821-1829.
  • Neff RA, Merrigan K, Wallinga D. 2015. A Food Systems Approach to Healthy Food and Agriculture Policy. Health Affairs. 34:11. 1908-1915.
  • Kim B, Neff RA, Santo R, Vigorito J. (2015). The Importance of Reducing Animal Product Consumption and Wasted Food in Mitigating Catastrophic Climate Change. Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
  • Protein consumption, environment and public health
  • Urban Food System Resilience
  • Wasted Food