John T. Cook, PhD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

John Cook


Dr. Cook conducts research on food insecurity and energy insecurity, and their impacts on the health of young low-income children and their mothers. Dr. Cook is a Senior Research Scientist with Children’s HealthWatch, and is project evaluator for several programs within the Department of Pediatrics’ Nutrition and Fitness for Life (NFL) program, including its FANtastic Kids intervention to reduce obesity among elementary-school-age children. He also consults with America’s Second Harvest, the Nation’s Foodbank Network and chairs the Technical Advisory Group for its national research studies. His current research also includes the assessment of affordability and accessibility of healthy foods in low-income neighborhoods of Boston and Philadelphia and viable approaches to food systems reform.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD
  • Arizona State University, MA
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, BA


  • Published on 11/1/2017

    Cutts D, Cook J. Screening for Food Insecurity: Short-Term Alleviation and Long-Term Prevention. Am J Public Health. 2017 Nov; 107(11):1699-1700. PMID: 29019766.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/1/2016

    Garg A, Toy S, Tripodis Y, Cook J, Cordella N. Ameliorating Maternal Depression and Its Harmful Consequences for Low-Income Families: Primary Care to the Rescue? Acad Pediatr. 2016 Nov - Dec; 16(8):714-715. PMID: 27772696.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/7/2016

    Poblacion AP, Cook JT, Marín-León L, Segall-Corrêa AM, Silveira JA, Konstantyner T, Taddei JA. Food Insecurity and the Negative Impact on Brazilian Children's Health-Why Does Food Security Matter for Our Future Prosperity? Brazilian National Survey (PNDS 2006/07). Food Nutr Bull. 2016 Dec; 37(4):585-598. PMID: 27604621.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/1/2016

    Toy S, Tripodis Y, Yang K, Cook J, Garg A. Influence of Maternal Depression on WIC Participation in Low-Income Families. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Mar; 20(3):710-9. PMID: 26645615.

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  • Published on 6/1/2015

    Cutts DB, Coleman S, Black MM, Chilton MM, Cook JT, de Cuba SE, Heeren TC, Meyers A, Sandel M, Casey PH, Frank DA. Homelessness during pregnancy: a unique, time-dependent risk factor of birth outcomes. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Jun; 19(6):1276-83. PMID: 25404405.

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  • Published on 11/12/2014

    Garg A, Toy S, Tripodis Y, Cook J, Cordella N. Influence of maternal depression on household food insecurity for low-income families. Acad Pediatr. 2015 May-Jun; 15(3):305-10. PMID: 25454368.

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  • Published on 5/31/2013

    Parker M, Burnham L, Cook J, Sanchez E, Philipp BL, Merewood A. 10 Years after Baby-Friendly Designation : Breastfeeding Rates Continue to Increase in a US Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. J Hum Lact. 2013; 2(29).

  • Published on 5/20/2013

    Meyers A, Joyce K, Coleman SM, Cook JT, Cutts D, Ettinger de Cuba S, Heeren TC, Rose-Jacobs R, Black MM, Casey PH, Chilton M, Sandel M, Frank DA. Health of children classified as underweight by CDC reference but normal by WHO standard. Pediatrics. 2013 Jun; 131(6):e1780-7. PMID: 23690515.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/2/2013

    2. Preer G, Pisegna JM, Cook JT, Henri A-M, Philipp BL. Delaying the Bath and In-Hospital Breastfeeding Rates. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2013; 0(8).

  • Published on 5/2/2013

    Preer G, Pisegna JM, Cook JT, Henri AM, Philipp BL. Delaying the bath and in-hospital breastfeeding rates. Breastfeed Med. 2013 Dec; 8(6):485-90. PMID: 23635002.

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