School Food Environment Study Interest Form: (Spring 2019)
Dr. Lilian de Jonge in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University is partnering with investigators at Virginia Commonwealth University to conduct a study evaluating the impact of school food environment changes on elementary school students' dietary intake. We are recruiting individuals to participate in this exciting, school-based study, funded by the National Institutes of Health. This is a great experience for anyone interested in child health, policy, nutrition, psychology, or public health. Schools in this study are located in Fairfax, VA and are participating in the National School Lunch Program.

As part of this study, our team will travel to schools in Fairfax on several occasions over the next 3 years, to conduct "digital imagery assessments" of students' lunches using photography methods. The first ratings will occur in February and April, 2019, with a total of 6 rating days this spring semester. The specific dates are still to be determined, although we are seeking your initial availability for a range of dates on this form.

Ratings occur at lunch, thus generally you will be at the schools from 10am until 1:30/2pm.

-successfully pass a background check to permit entry into schools;

-complete an online CITI training in Human Subjects Protection, Social Behavioral Research Basic Course (required for any human subjects research); if you have already completed this training, you can email your certificate to our team at If not, please see details below about how to access this training;

-attend a 2 hour training at GMU, specific to study and school procedures (dates and location to be determined);

-availability on at least one rating day (dates provided in the survey below).

Compensation / Credit:

-Hourly compensation ($15/hour to include training and rating time).
-Research / community service requirement: we will provide needed documentation
-Volunteers also welcomed!

We will be holding several interest meetings this fall. Dates are provided at the end of this form; your attendance at one of these meetings is required. Meetings will be held at: Department of Nutrition and Food Studies Conference Room, Peterson Hall Suite 4100

Thank you for your interest! Please complete the information below and someone from our team will be in touch soon!

Lilian de Jonge, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
George Mason University

Melanie Bean, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Completion of CITI training:
1. Go to
2. Click on "Register"
3. Select "George Mason University"
4. Complete your login details to set up an account
5. Select the "Social and Behavioral Training" course in Human Subjects Protection.
6. Once completed, please email your certificate to Sarah Farthing:

Email address *
First and last name *
Your answer
Current Address: *
Your answer
Phone number with area code *
Your answer
Do you have transportation to arrive at the schools (directions will be provided)? *
Have you completed CITI Human Subjects Protection training in Social and Behavioral Health? *
Please check all days you are available to rate (~10am - 2pm availability required); only 6 days will be selected as the final rating days (3 in February and 3 in April). We understand that availability might change. Your availability will be confirmed once the final dates are selected. *
Have you recently (within the past year) completed a background check?
What is your preference for compensation?
Attendance at an interest meeting is required to participate in this study. Please sign up for a date below. You only need to attend one. This meeting will be held at the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies Conference Room, Peterson Hall Suite 4100.
Thank you! A member of our team will be in touch with you soon! Please contact Sarah Farthing with any questions: or 804-527-4759
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