Scholar Profile: Julie Meeks


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Prof. Julie Meeks

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Biography/Responsibilities/Duties:

Professor Meeks has been Deputy Principal of The University of the West Indies, Open Campus since 2014 with a concurrent role as Campus Coordinator for Graduate Studies and Research, a position she has held since 2012.

Professor Meeks, a Professor of Child Development and Nutrition, trained at the Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI) at The UWI and did post-doctoral work at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge University. Her work has focused on nutritional status and child development of children in difficult circumstances. She carried out longitudinal observations of undernourished children and examined their behavioural responses to nutritional supplementation and psychosocial stimulation, including interactions with their caregivers, other adults and children. She has studied the effects of lead toxicity coupled with undernutrition, and the benefits of zinc supplementation on the growth, morbidity and development of children.

Over the last two decades she has focused on issues of children and violence, including the development of aggression among children, and the effects of violence on Caribbean children. She was the lead researcher on the Caribbean Region report on Violence Against Children for the UN Secretary General’s Global Report. The CCDC, which she led, has started a program of research related to the effects of HIV on children’s development. She has been principal investigator on many research projects with substantial grant funding from international agencies including the World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, the OAS and the IDB.

Professor Meeks has published widely in international research journals, has several book chapters and technical reports, and a number of books and monographs both authored and edited. She serves the University of the West Indies in a number of capacities, including on the Senate, the Open Campus Council and the Appointments Committee. She has served on boards and committees related to children's issues internationally, regionally and in Jamaica. In February 2020, Professor Meeks was appointed as a Member of the UWI COVID-19 Task Force. 

 

Research Interests

  1. Child Development and Nutrition
  2. Children and Violence
  3. Development of Aggresive Behaviours
  4. Effects of Violence in Children
  5. Children in State Care/Alternative Care
  6. Developing Countries

Research Activity

  1. [Journal Article]

    Transdisciplinary team science for global health: Case study of the JUS Media? Programme. more..

    2019

    Julie Meeks

    Ferguson, Gail M and Fiese, Barbara H and Nelson, Michelle R and Meeks Gardner, Julie M

    COMPLETED

  2. [Journal Article]

    Trichuris trichiura infection and working memory in Jamaican schoolchildren more..

    1994

    Julie Meeks

    Meeks Gardner, Julie M and Grantham McGregor, Sally M and Baddeley, Alan

    COMPLETED

  3. [Journal Article]

    Determinants of aggressive and prosocial behaviour among Jamaican schoolboys more..

    2007

    Julie Meeks

    Meeks Gardner, Julie M and Powell, Christine A and Grantham-McGregor, Sally M

    COMPLETED

  4. [Journal Article]

    Child development: risk factors for adverse outcomes in developing countries more..

    2007

    Julie Meeks

    Walker, Susan P and Wachs, Theodore D and Gardner, Julie Meeks and Lozoff, Betsy and Wasserman, Gail A and Pollitt, Ernesto and Carter, Julie A and International Child Development Steering Group and others

    COMPLETED

  5. [Journal Article]

    A randomized controlled trial of a home-visiting intervention on cognition and behavior in term low birth weight infants more..

    2003

    Julie Meeks

    Gardner, Julie Meeks and Walker, Susan P and Powell, Christine A and Grantham-McGregor, Sally

    COMPLETED

  6. [Journal Article]

    The Jamaica youth survey: assessing core competencies and risk for aggression among Jamaican youth more..

    2011

    Julie Meeks

    Gardner, Julie Meeks and Williams, Kirk R and Guerra, Nancy G and Walker, Ian

    COMPLETED

  7. [Journal Article]

    Undernutrition and elevated blood lead levels: effects on psychomotor development among Jamaican children more..

    1998

    Julie Meeks

    Gardner, Julie Meeks and Walker, Susan P and Chang, Susan M and Vutchkov, Mitko and Lalor, Gerald C

    COMPLETED

  8. [Journal Article]

    The use of herbal teas and remedies in Jamaica. more..

    2000@articlewhite2002presence, title=Presence of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in Jamaica., author=White, VO and Gardner, J Meeks, journal=The West Indian medical journal, volume=51, number=1, pages=32–34, year=2002

    Julie Meeks

    Gardner, J Meeks and Grant, D and Hutchinson, S and Wilks, R

    COMPLETED

  9. [Journal Article]

    Jamaican children's reports of violence at school and home more..

    2003

    Julie Meeks

    Fernald, Lia C and Meeks-Gardner, Julie

    COMPLETED

  10. [Journal Article]

    Relation of birth weight, maternal intelligence and mother–child interactions to cognitive and play competence of Jamaican two-year old children more..

    2007

    Julie Meeks

    Wachs, Theodore D and Chang, Susan M and Walker, Susan P and Gardner, Julie M Meeks

    COMPLETED

  11. [Journal Article]

    Zinc supplementation: effects on the growth and morbidity of undernourished Jamaican children. more..

    1998

    Julie Meeks

    Meeks, J Gardner and Witter, Michael M and Ramdath, D Dan

    COMPLETED

  12. [Journal Article]

    Policies to reduce undernutrition include child development more..

    2008

    Julie Meeks

    Black, Mauren M and Walker, Susan P and Wachs, Theodore D and Ulkuer, Nurper and Gardner, Julie Meeks and Grantham-McGregor, Sally and Lozoff, Betsy and Engle, Patrice L

    COMPLETED

  13. [Journal Article]

    Strategies to avoid the loss of developmental potential in more than 200 million children in the developing world more..

    2007

    Julie Meeks

    Engle, Patrice L and Black, Maureen M and Behrman, Jere R and De Mello, Meena Cabral and Gertler, Paul J and Kapiriri, Lydia and Martorell, Reynaldo and Young, Mary Eming and International Child Development Steering Group and others

    COMPLETED

  14. [Journal Article]

    Physical activity, undernutrition and child development more..

    1994

    Julie Meeks

    Gardner, JM Meeks and Grantham-McGregor, Sally M

    COMPLETED

  15. [Journal Article]

    Developmental impacts of heavy metals and undernutrition more..

    2008

    Julie Meeks

    Wasserman, Gail A and Liu, Xinhua and Factor-Litvak, Pam and Gardner, Julie Meeks and Graziano, Joseph H

    COMPLETED

  16. [Journal Article]

    Issues of Violence in the Caribbean more..

    2008

    Julie Meeks

    Matthies, Brigitte K and Meeks-Gardner, Julie and Daley, Avril and Crawford-Brown, Claudette

    COMPLETED

  17. [Journal Article]

    The Kingston YMCA Youth Development Programme: Impact on violence among at-risk youth in Jamaica more..

    2010

    Julie Meeks

    Guerra, Nancy G and Williams, Kirk and Meeks-Gardner, Julie and Walker, Ian

    COMPLETED

  18. [Journal Article]

    Behaviour and development of stunted and nonstunted Jamaican children more..

    1999

    Julie Meeks

    Gardner, Julie M Meeks and Grantham-McGregor, Sally M and Himes, John and Chang, Susan

    COMPLETED

  19. [Journal Article]

    Prevention of diarrhea and pneumonia by zinc supplementation in children in developing countries: pooled analysis of randomized controlled trials more..

    1999

    Julie Meeks

    Bhutta, ZA and Black, Robert E and Brown, KH and Gardner, J Meeks and Gore, S and Hidayat, A and Khatun, F and Martorell, R and Ninh, NX and Penny, ME and others

    COMPLETED

  20. [Journal Article]

    Activity and behavioral development in stunted and nonstunted children and response to nutritional supplementation more..

    1995

    Julie Meeks

    Gardner, Julie M Meeks and Grantham-McGregor, Sally M and Chang, Susan M and Himes, John H and Powell, Christine A

    COMPLETED

  21. [Journal Article]

    Cross-cultural cognition: Developing tests for developing countries more..

    1995

    Julie Meeks

    Baddeley, Alan and Gardner, Julie Meeks and Grantham-McGregor, Sally

    COMPLETED

  22. [Journal Article]

    Perceptions and experiences of violence among secondary school students in urban Jamaica more..

    2003

    Julie Meeks

    Gardner, Julie Meeks and Powell, Christine A and Thomas, Joan A and Millard, Doreen

    COMPLETED

  23. [Journal Article]

    Preparing Jamaican Children in State Care for Independent Living: A Situation Analysis more..

    2016

    Julie Meeks

    Anaokar, Priya and Thomas, Kathi-Ann and Thomas, Joan

    COMPLETED

  24. [Journal Article]

    Experiences of violence and deficits in academic achievement among urban primary school children in Jamaica more..

    2009

    Julie Meeks

    Baker-Henningham, Helen and Meeks-Gardner, Julie and Chang, Susan and Walker, Susan

    COMPLETED

  25. [Journal Article]

    Weaning-food viscosity and energy density: their effects on ad libitum consumption and energy intakes in Jamaican children more..

    1994

    Julie Meeks

    Stephenson, Dawn M and Gardner, J Meeks and Walker, Susan P and Ashworth, Ann

    COMPLETED

  26. [Journal Article]

    Dietary intake and observed activity of stunted and non-stunted children in Kingston, Jamaica. Part II: Observed activity. more..

    1990

    Julie Meeks

    Gardner, Julie M and Grantham-McGregor, Sally M and Chang, Susan M and Powell, Christine A

    COMPLETED

  27. [Journal Article]

    Concepts of obesity among outpatients of a Jamaican hospital more..

    2001

    Julie Meeks

    Chutkan, Majorie E and Meeks Gardner, Julie M and Wilks, Rainford J

    COMPLETED

  28. [Journal Article]

    Feel American, watch American, eat American? Remote acculturation, TV, and nutrition among adolescent–mother dyads in Jamaica more..

    2018

    Julie Meeks

    Ferguson, Gail M and Muzaffar, Henna and Iturbide, Maria I and Chu, Hui and Meeks Gardner, Julie

    COMPLETED

  29. [Journal Article]

    Activity levels and maternal-child behavior in undernutrition: studies in Jamaica more..

    1998

    Julie Meeks

    Meeks Gardner, Julie M and Grantham-Mcgregor, Sally

    COMPLETED

  30. [Collection]

    The relationship between undernutrition, activity levels and development in young children more..

    1990

    Julie Meeks

    Grantham McGregor, Sally M and Meeks Gardner, Julie M and Walker, Susan P and Powell, Christine A

    COMPLETED

  31. [Collection]

    Therapeutic effects of oral zinc in acute and persistent diarrhea in children in developing countries: pooled analysis of randomized controlled trials more..

    2000

    Julie Meeks

    Bhutta, Zulfiqar A and Bird, Sheila M and Black, Robert E and Brown, Kenneth H and Gardner, J Meeks and Hidayat, Adi and Khatun, Farida and Martorell, Reynaldo and Ninh, Nguyen X and Penny, Mary E and others

    COMPLETED

  32. [Conference Proceedings]

    Violence against children in the Caribbean: A desk review more..

    2008

    Julie Meeks

    Meeks Gardner, Julie and Henry-Lee, Aldrie and Chevannes, Pauletta and Thomas, Joan and Baker-Henningham, Helen and Coore, Charlene and Henry-Lee, A and Meeks Gardner, J

    COMPLETED

Public Service

  1. [Public or Community Service]

    Member, UWI COVID-19 Task Force (February 2020-present) more..

    February 2020

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  2. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Technical Committee for the Priority Setting for Health Research in the area of Child Development more..

    2005-2009

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  3. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Selection Panel for the Children’s Advocate more..

    2005

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  4. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Board, Planning Institute of Jamaica more..

    2014-2016

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  5. [Public or Community Service]

    UWI Open Campus representative on the CARICOM Working Group on Health and Family Life Education more..

    2010

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  6. [Public or Community Service]

    UWI representative on the CARICOM Working Group on Early Childhood more..

    2005-2012

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  7. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Inter-Sectoral Working Group on Children and Violence coordinated by the Planning Institute of Jamaica. more..

    2004-2007

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  8. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the National Plan of Action on Children Coordinating Committee more..

    No date provided

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  9. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Consultative Committee of the Office of the Children’s Advocate more..

    2006-2008

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  10. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Caribbean consultant team for the Organization of American States consultation on violence in the Caribbean, Montego Bay, Jamaica more..

    March 6-7, 2008

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  11. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Project Steering Committee of the Enhancement of Basic Schools Project Ministry of Education (Jamaica) more..

    2004-present

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  12. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Global Child Development Group Steering Committee more..

    2006

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  13. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Technical Steering Committee, Research Agenda Programme of the Planning Institute of Jamaica more..

    2002-2005

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  14. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Board, Edna Manley Foundation more..

    2014 – present

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  15. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Executive of the National Food and Nutrition Coordinating Committee, Chairman 2004-2007 more..

    2004-2007

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  16. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Board of Childwatch International more..

    2005-2009

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  17. [Public or Community Service]

    Member of the Board, Jamaica Coalition for Children. more..

    No date provided

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

  18. [Public or Community Service]

    Early Childhood Commission more..

    2005-2011

    Contribution of > Public or Community Service

    COMPLETED

Education and Training

  1. [Education and Training]

    Churchill College Fellowship more..

    Contribution of > Education and Training

    COMPLETED

  2. [Education and Training]

    PhD Nutrition more..

    Contribution of > Education and Training

    COMPLETED

  3. [Education and Training]

    Diploma in Nutrition more..

    Contribution of > Education and Training

    COMPLETED

  4. [Education and Training]

    BSc Agriculture (Upper Second Class Honours) more..

    Contribution of > Education and Training

    COMPLETED

Memberships

  1. [Membership]

    The University of the West Indies Senate more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  2. [Membership]

    Board for Undergraduate Studies 2014 - present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  3. [Membership]

    University Council 2012 – 2016 more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  4. [Membership]

    Campus ICT Steering Committee (Chair) 2014 – present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  5. [Membership]

    Open Campus Research Ethics Committee (Chair) 2016 - 2018 more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  6. [Membership]

    Academic Board (Open Campus) 2008 - present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  7. [Membership]

    University Ethics Steering Committee 2009 – present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  8. [Membership]

    University ICT Steering Committee 2014-present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  9. [Membership]

    The University Press Board 2009 – present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  10. [Membership]

    Prior Learning Assessment Steering Committee (Chair) 2014 – present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  11. [Membership]

    Committee of Deans 2008 – 2010, 2012-present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  12. [Membership]

    Management Committee now Leadership Team 2008 – 2010, 2014-present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  13. [Membership]

    Board for Graduate Studies and Research 2008 – present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  14. [Membership]

    Appointments Committee (Open Campus) 2008 – present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  15. [Membership]

    University Research Ethics Committee 2016 - 2019 more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  16. [Membership]

    Appointments Committee 2008 – 2011, 2014 - 2017 more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  17. [Membership]

    Campus Council 2008 – 2010, 2014-present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  18. [Membership]

    Finance and General Purposes Committee (Open Campus) 2014-present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  19. [Membership]

    Valedictorian Selection Committee Open Campus (Chair) 2012 – present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  20. [Membership]

    Library Evaluation and Promotion Committee more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  21. [Membership]

    Executive Management Committee 2014-present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

  22. [Membership]

    Finance Subcommittee of Council 2014-present more..

    Contribution of > Membership

    COMPLETED

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