Dr. Joyce Slater

Position:  Professor, Departments of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences and Community Health Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

409 Human Ecology Building
Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
 R3T 2N2

Phone: (204) 474-7322

Fax:  (204) 474-7593

e-mail: joyce.slater@umanitoba.ca


  • B.S.H.Ec. University of Saskatchewan (1987)
  • M.Sc. University of Manitoba (1992)

  • Ph.D. University of Manitoba (2009)
  • Registered Dietitian

Research Interests:

  • Community food and nutrition security
  • Role of food literacy in well-being and human ecology
  • Nutrition surveillance
  • Socio-environmental influences on food choice
  • Utilization-focused evaluation methods in community nutrition

Publications (peer reviewed):

Fernandez, M, Azevedo Perry, E, Schofield, E, Slater, J. 2020. Food literacy: Four initiatives in Canada. Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 10(1): 43-60

*Henderson, A, Slater, J. 2019. Growing Roots: Impacts of a newcomer nutrition program designed using action research methods. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. DOI: 10.1080/03670244.2019.1636792 (*Trainee)

*Cyr, M, Slater, J. 2019. Honouring the grandmothers through (Re)membering, (Re)learning, & (Re)vitalizing Métis traditional foods and protocols. Canadian Food Studies. 6(2): 51-72. https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v6i2.339 (*Trainee)

Slater J,
Falkenberg T, Rutherford J, Colatruglio S. 2018. Food literacy competencies: A conceptual framework for youth transitioning to adulthood. International Journal of Consumer Studies. 42(5): 547-556. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ijcs.12471?af=R

Slater, J, Mudryj, A. 2018. Are we really eating well with Canada’s Food Guide? BMC Public Health. 18:652. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5540-4.

Roger, K, Bone, T, Heinonen, T, Schwartz, K, Slater, J & Thakrar, S. 2018. Exploring identity: What we do as qualitative researchers. The Qualitative Report. 23(3): 532:546. http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol23/iss3/3/

Slater, J, Epp-Koop, S, Jakilazek, M, Green, C. 2017. Food deserts in Winnipeg, Canada: A novel method for measuring a complex and contested construct. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada. 37(10): 350-356. https://doi.org/10.24095/hpcdp.37.10.05

*D’Andreamatteo, C, Slater, J. 2017. Measuring food security in Canadian adult homeless men. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. https://doi.org/10.3148/cjdpr-2017-026 (*Trainee)

Slater, J. 2017. Food literacy: A critical tool in a complex foodscape. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. 109(2):14-20. (Feature article).

Entz, M*, Desmarais, A, Slater, J. 2017. Student food insecurity at the University of Manitoba. Canadian Food Studies. 4(1):139-159 DOI: 10.15353/cfs-rcea.v4i1.204 (*Trainee)
Henderson, A*, Epp-Koop, S, Slater, J. 2017. Exploring food and healthy eating with newcomers in Winnipeg’s North End. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. 13(1):1-14 DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJMHSC-06-2015-0022 (*Trainee)
Cyr, M*,  Slater, J. 2016. Got Bannock? Traditional Indigenous bread in Winnipeg’s North End, pp. 59-73. In F. Deer & T. Falkenberg (Eds.), Indigenous perspectives on education for well-being in Canada. Winnipeg, MB: ESWB Press. Retrievable from www.ESWB-Press.org  (*Trainee)

Slater, J, Mudryj, A. 2016.  Self-perceived eating habits and food skills of Canadians.  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 48(7):486-495. DOI

*Colatruglio, Sl, Slater, J. 2016. Challenges to acquiring and using food literacy: Perceptions of young Canadian adults. Canadian Food Studies Journal. 3(1):96-118. *(Trainee)

Slater, J
, Mudryj, A. 2016. Nurturing future generations: Household food practices of Canadian children and family meal participation.  Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research DOI 10.3148/cjpr-2015-050

*D’Andreamatteo, C, Slater, J. 2016. Exploring the nutritional vulnerability of homeless men in a Canadian urban setting.  Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless DOI 10.1080/10530789.2015.1116839 (*Trainee)

*Colatruglio, S, Slater, J. 2015. Food literacy: Perceptions of young Canadian adults. Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 5(3):71-87. (*Trainee)

Larcombe, L, Mookherjee, N, Slater, J, Slivinski, C, Dantouze, J, Singer, M, Whaley, C, Denechezhe, L, Matyas, S, Decter, K, Turner-Brannen, E, Ramsey, C, Nickerson, P, & Orr, P 2015. Vitamin D, serum 25(OH)D, LL-37 and polymorphisms in a Canadian First Nation population with endemic tuberculosis. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 74. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ijch.v74.28952

Slater, J, Yeudall, F. 2015. Sustainable livelihoods for food and nutrition security in Canada: A conceptual framework for public health research, policy and practice. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 10:1, 1-21, DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2015.1004220

Slater, J, Qadar, Z, *Bewza, J. 2015. Review of food and nutrition services provided by community-based organizations serving people with HIV in Canada. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 76(2) DOI: 10.3148/cjdpr-2014-033 (*Trainee)

Slater, J, Hinds, A. 2014. University student perceptions of home economics-food and nutrition education. International Journal of Home Economics, 7(2):68-80.

*Colatruglio, S, Slater, J. 2014. Food literacy: Bridging the gap between food, nutrition & well-being. In F. Deer, T. Falkenberg, B. McMillan, & L. Sims (Eds.), Sustainable well-being: Concepts, issues, and educational practices. Winnipeg, MB: ESWB Press. (*Trainee)

Slater, J. 2013.  Is Cooking Dead? The State of Home Economics-Food and Nutrition Education in a Canadian Province. International Journal of Consumer Studies. 37: 617-624.

Slater, J, Larcombe, L, Green, C, Slivinski C, Singer, M, Denechezhe L, Whaley, C, Nickerson, P, Orr, P. 2013. Dietary intake of Vitamin D in a northern Canadian Dene First Nation community. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 72: 20723 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ijch.v72i0.20723

Slater, J, Sevenhuysen, G, Edginton, B & O'Neil, J. 2012. “Trying to make it all come together”: structuration and employed mothers’ experience of family food provisioning in Canada, Health Promotion International, 27(3), 405-415.

Larcombe, L, Mookherjee, N, Slater, J, Slivinski, C, Singer, M, Whaley, C, Denechezhe, L, Matyas, S, Turner-Brannen, E, Nickerson, P, Orr, P. 2012. Vitamin D in a Northern Canadian First Nation Population: dietary intake, serum concentrations and functional gene polymorphisms. PLoS ONE 7(11), 1-10.

Thompson, LH, Mahmud, SM, Keynan, Y, Slater, J, Dawood, M, Fowke, K, Van Caeseele, P, Blanchard, JF, and Becker, M. 2012. Serological survey of the novel Influenza A H1N1 in inner-city Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2009. Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology 23(2), 65-68.

Slater, J. Sevenhuysen, G, Edginton, B, O’Neil, J, Green, C. 2009. The growing Canadian energy gap: More the can than the couch? Public Health Nutrition 12(11), 2216-2224.

Slater, J. Green, C, Sevenhuysen, G, Edginton, B, O’Neil, J. 2009. Socio-demographic and geographic analysis of overweight and obesity in Canadian adults. Chronic Diseases in Canada 30(1), 3-14.

Publications (other):

Michnik, K, Mignone, J, Slater, J. Bear Clan Patrol Food Security Program: Evaluation Report. October 2019. Bear Clan Patrol & PROPER-Program and Policy Evaluation Research Group, University of Manitoba.

Entz, M*, Slater, J and Desmarais, A.  Education vs. groceries:  University student food insecurity in Manitoba. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, March 30, 2017. (*Trainee) https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/education-vs-groceries

Slater, J, Colatruglio, S. Manitoba Youth Nutrition Pilot Survey. February 29, 2016.  Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network.
*Witharana, M, Slater, J. Fast Facts: Fresh foods fuel change. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba. August 13, 2015. (*Trainee) https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/fast-facts-fresh-food-fuels-change

*Witharana, M, Slater, J. An innovative pilot evaluation of a pre-adolescent food literacy program – “Fresh Fuel: The CanU Food Club” 2013-14. June 9, 2015. CanU Canada. (*Trainee)

Slater, J, Rutherford, J. Identifying a dietary recall tool for use with the Manitoba Youth Health Survey: Feasibility of using the University of Waterloo Food Behaviour Questionnaire. March 20, 2015. Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network.

*Spence, K, Slater, J. Community Tables: Evaluation Report. March 13, 2013. Food Matters Manitoba, University of Manitoba (Human Nutritional Sciences), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) (*Trainee)

Rutherford, J, Slater, J. Enhancing access to healthy food in Manitoba schools through locally-derived, healthy value-added products: A feasibility report. March 26, 2014. Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network.

Marks, J, Slater, J. A report on the nutritional status of Manitoba children and youth using existing data. March 26, 2014. Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network.

Slater J, Falkenberg, T. Use nutrition education to fight obesity. Winnipeg Free Press, October 19, 2013. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/use-nutrition-education-to-fight-obesity-228440451.html

Slater, J. HIV/AIDS and food security in resource rich settings. 2012. National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases: Purple Paper. January; Issue 35. Ottawa, Public Health Agency of Canada https://cdn.metricmarketing.ca/www.nccid.ca/files/Purple_Paper_Note_mauve/PP_35_EN.pdf

Slater, J. The state of Home Economics-nutrition and food skills in Canadian schools: Feasibility study. July 31, 2012. Ottawa, Health Canada.

Slater, J. 2007. Community food security: Position of Dietitians of Canada. http://www.dietitians.ca/Dietitians-View/Community-Food-Security.aspx

Community Program Resources:

Winnipeg Food Atlas (www.mbcdp.ca/fns.html) (February 2020).  This online tool helps communities take action around food and nutrition issues in the Winnipeg Health Region. The Atlas has interactive maps and data ‘dashboards’ for exploring the Winnipeg foodscape (e.g. location of grocery stores, food banks, community gardens).  It also has other important features such as demographic information, and the rates and cost of diabetes, a growing nutrition-related health issue.  The Atlas is part of the Food and Nutrition Security Knowledge Portal, on the Manitoba Collaborative Data Portal.  The Food Atlas is a collaboration of and the University of Manitoba (Dr. Joyce Slater, Dept. of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences), the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Food Council, Food Matters Manitoba, Winnipeg Harvest, and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (Population and Public Health).

FANLit Food and Nutrition Literacy Knowledge Portal (www.fanlit.org) (October 2019). University of Manitoba (J. Slater). Description: A web-based knowledge portal for educators (school and community-based) to teach food and nutrition literacy in Manitoba.  Has background on nutrition and food security status of Manitobans as well as evidence-based teaching resources to support the new Food Guide; the Manitoba Home Economics (food & nutrition) curriculum; and Indigenous food teachings.


Research (Funded):

Community-Driven Solutions to Poverty: Challenges and Possibilities. Funding agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Value: $2,500,000. Support period: July 2020 – June 2027. Role: Co-investigator (Principal Investigator: John Loxley, Department of Economics, University of Manitoba; 25 additional Co-investigators from Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg, University College of the North, Canadian Mennonite University, Government of Manitoba, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, University of British Columbia, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Inc., Community Education Development Association, Native Women’s Transition Centre Inc., Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives). 

FANS: Building Evidence to Inform Policies and Programs for Food and Nutrition Security in Manitoba Youth: Funding agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  Value: $393,975. Funding period: April 2018 – March 2022. Role: Nominated Principal Applicant (Principal Applicant: Rob Santos, Healthy Child Manitoba. Co-Applicants: Alan Katz, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP), Dept. of Community Health Sciences (CHS), University of Manitoba; Thomas Falkenberg, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba; Nathan Nickel, Marcelo Urquia, Dan Chateau, MCHP & CHS, University of Manitoba; Jaime Cidro, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Winnipeg; Natalie Riediger, Ongomiizwin Research & CHS, University of Manitoba; Chris Green, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority; Jeff Laplante, National Aboriginal Diabetes Association.  Numerous collaborators/knowledge users including school divisions, community-based and government organizations).

‘Goop-proofing’ youth: Critical skills to interpret food and nutrition information on social media. Funding agency: Canadian Home Economics Foundation. Funding period: May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021. Value: $2000. Role: Principal Applicant.

FANLit: Food and nutrition literacy knowledge portal.  Funding agency: Canadian Home Economics Foundation.  Funding period: May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020.  Value $2805. Role: Principal Applicant.

Other (Funded):

FANLit: Food and Nutrition Literacy Knowledge Portal to Support experiential learning: Funding agency: Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS Endowment Fund). Value: $6091.60.  Funding period: May 2020 - April 2021. Role: Principal Applicant.

Indigenous Mentorship and Experiential Education Fund. Funding agency: The Murphy Foundation Incorporated. Support for Indigenous summer research assistant. Value: $9720. Funding period: May 2020 – August 2020. Role: Principal Applicant.

Public Scholarship:

Slater, J. School meals key to controlling diabetes rate. Winnipeg Free Press, March 17, 2020.

Slater, J,
Taylor-Hughes, K. Make Manitoba’s food cost data publicly available. Winnipeg Free Press, February 7, 2019.

Slater, J.
The kids’ diets are not all right. Winnipeg Free Press, March 29, 2017.

Slater J,
Falkenberg, T. Use nutrition education to fight obesity.  Winnipeg Free Press, October 19, 2013.


  • Professor of the Year Award, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba (2018-19)
  • Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research (Interdisciplinary Category), University of Manitoba (2016)
  • Professor of the Year Award, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba (2015)
  • Manitoba Association of Home Economists Excellence in Teaching Award (2013)
  • University of Manitoba Students' Teacher Recognition Award (2013)
  • University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation Award (2010)