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Virginia (Ginny) Lane

Virginia (Ginny) Lane

Assistant Professor


Niccolls Building, Room 103B



Mailing Address

School of Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3183
Moscow, ID 83844-3183

Lane focuses are on community and global nutrition; food security risks among vulnerable populations, international and Indigenous contexts; determinants of chronic disease; and multidisciplinary mixed methods approaches to complex issues.

Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan, 2017
M.A., University of Regina, Regina, 2010
Dietetic Internship, Royal University Hospital, 1995
B.S., University of Saskatchewan, 1994

  • Food security status and interventions among Indigenous Mayan people in Momostenango, Guatemala.
  • Conditions for optimal growth and development of Canadian children: A longitudinal mixed-methods study.
  • Healthy immigrant children study in Saskatchewan.

  • Bye, Z*., Keshavarz, P., Lane, G., Vatanparast, H. (2021). What Role do Plant-Based Diets Play in Supporting the Optimal Health and Wellbeing of Canadians? Adv Nutr. doi: 10.1093/advances/nmab061. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34049398.
  • Lane, G., Nisbet, C., Johnson, S., Candow, D., Chilibeck, P., Vatanparast, H. (2021). Barriers and facilitators to meeting recommended physical activity levels among new immigrant and refugee children in Saskatchewan, Canada. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab., 46(7), 797-807. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2020-0666. Epub 2021 Jan 13. PubMed PMID: 33439788.
  • Lane, G., Hengstermann, M.*, White, J., Vatanparast, H. (2021). Newcomer challenges with accessing healthcare services in Saskatchewan, Canada. Border Crossing, 11(2), 157.
  • Al-Kharabsheh, L.*, Al-Bazz, S.*, Koc, M., Garcia, J., Lane, G., Engler-Stringer, R., White, J., Vatanparast, H. (2020). Household Food Insecurity and Associated Socio-economic Factors Among Recent Syrian Refugees in Two Canadian Cities. Border Crossing, 10(2), 203.
  • Lane, G., Nisbet, C., Vatanparast, H. (2019). Dietary habits of newcomer children in Canada. Public Health Nutr., 22(17), 3151-3162. doi: 10.1017/S1368980019001964. Epub 2019 Aug 7. PubMed PMID: 31387663.
  • Lane, G., Nisbet, C., Vatanparast, H. (2019). Food Insecurity and Nutritional Risk among Canadian Newcomer Children in Saskatchewan. Nutrients, 11(8). doi: 10.3390/nu11081744. PubMed PMID: 31362415; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6723799.
  • Lane, G., Nisbet, C., Whiting, S., Vatanparast, H. (2019). Canadian newcomer children's bone health and vitamin D status. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab., 44(7), 796-803. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2018-0705. Epub 2019 Apr 24. PubMed PMID: 31017806.
  • Lane, G., Farag, M., White, J., Nisbet, C., Vatanparast, H. (2018). Chronic health disparities among refugee and immigrant children in Canada. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab., 43(10), 1043-1058. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2017-0407. PubMed PMID: 29726691.
  • Lane, V., White, J., Vatanparast, H. (2017). Inclusive or targeted health services for newcomers. Diversity Journal, 1, 46-49.

*denotes graduate student/mentee

Book chapters

  • Lane, V., Vatanparast, H., White, J. Health Status of New Canadian Children: From Research to Policy in Immigrant Integration: Research implications for Public Policy 2014 (pp. 213-231). Eds: K. Murphy Kilbride. Canadian Scholars Press: Toronto.

Lane is a registered dietitian. She has worked in a variety of community development, government, health system and academic settings. Her research interests include sustainable development, food security, chronic diseases, disabilities, dementia and health promotion with a focus on children, seniors and vulnerable populations.

  • Queen Elizabeth Scholar Early Career Research Award: 2021
  • Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service, Government of Saskatchewan: 2019
  • Queen Elizabeth Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship: 2018-2019
  • Honorable Mention Poster, Canadian Health Student Research Forum: 2016
  • First Place Poster, Life and Health Sciences Conference: 2015
  • First Place Overall Poster, Global Health Conference: 2014


University of Idaho

Physical Address:
Mary Hall Niccolls Building, Rm 103
751 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 3183
Moscow, ID 83844-3183

Phone: 208-885-6546

Fax: 208-885-5751




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