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Assistant Scientist

Phil McNab, PhD '18, MPH, MA, is a public health professional and social scientist who has a passion for the intersection between food systems education and practice.

Contact Info

111 Market Pl Ste 840

Research Interests

Food systems education; academic-community partnerships; service-learning; agricultural labor; qualitative research; applied anthropology

Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
University of South Florida
University of South Florida
University of South Florida

I am a trained public health professional and social scientist who has a passion for the intersection between food systems education and practice. As the key contact for the Center for a Livable Future’s education activities, I strive to assist students with their academic programs and connect them to community partners for practicums, field experiences, and job opportunities. I also have substantial experience doing community-based mixed-methods and qualitative research, with focus areas including volunteering at farms, the quality of life of older adults, and drug use and services. My goal is to create synergies between education, practice, and research.

Honors & Awards

2013 - 2017, Center for a Livable Future-Lerner Fellowship
2020, Lipitz Public Health Policy Faculty Award
2020, SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship
2021, JHU SOURCE Faculty Award for Excellence in Service-Learning

Select Publications

Listing of peer-reviewed articles:

  • Poulsen, M., McNab, P., Clayton, M., & Neff, R. (2015). The impact of urban agriculture on food security in low-income countries: A systematic review. Food Policy, 55, 131-146.

  • Palmer, A., Santo, R., Berlin, L., Bonnano, A., Clancy, K., Giesecke, C., Hinrichs, C., Lee, R., McNab, P., & Rocker, S. (2017). Between global and local: Exploring regional food systems from the perspectives of four communities in the U.S. Northeast. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 7(4), 187-205.

  • Tyler, S., Corvin, J., McNab, P., Fishleder, S., Blunt, H., & VandeWeerd, C. (2014). "You can't get a side of willpower": Nutritional supports and barriers to healthy eating in The Villages. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 33(2), 108-125.

  • Montiel-Ishino, F. A., McNab, P., Gilreath, T., Salmeron, B., & Williams, F. (2020). A comprehensive multivariate model of biopsychosocial factors associated with opioid misuse and use disorder in a 2017–2018 United States national survey. BMC Public Health, 20, 1740.

  • Montiel Ishino, F. A., McNab, P., Villalobos, K., Cohen, J. H., Nápoles, A. M., & Williams, F. (2021). Hispanic/Latino Acculturation Profiles and Telomere Length: Latent Class Analysis on a Nationally Representative Sample. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 640226.

Statewide Ethnographic Assessment of Drug Use and Services (SEADS Project)