Dr. Lesley Frank

Director of the Fed Family Lab, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Food, Health and Social Justice, CCPA-NS Research Associate, Professor of Sociology

Dr. Lesley Frank is a trans-disciplinary social science scholar, skilled and committed to innovative, multi-sector, policy-relevant research related to food and health inequity experienced by marginalized populations and their children.


Dr. Jane Francis

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Jane Francis is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Fed Family Lab, Department of Sociology at Acadia University and a registered dietitian. She is particularly interested in community-based research, the design and delivery of lactation support interventions for marginalized populations and infant food insecurity.


Research Coordinator

Audrey Kruisselbrink

Audrey has worked as a research coordinator at Acadia, Dalhousie, Saint Mary's University, the University of Ottawa, and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Her 10 years of applied experience as a social worker for the BC government has provided a strong background for managing large research projects.



Current Students
Kyle Chappus

Masters Student

Kyle is a Master's student in the Department of Sociology at Acadia University. His thesis work focuses on analyzing the role of the family resource sector in mitigating the harm of food insecurity in Nova Scotia and government policy approaches.


Ruby Harrington

Research Assistant

Ruby is an undergraduate student in the Department of Politics at Acadia University. She is completing her second co-op term with the Fed Family Lab.

Past Students
Karleigh Huskins

Honours Student, 2022-23, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Karleigh's research explored the social meanings of school food and eating using an ethnographic approach in a rural Nova Scotian elementary school.


Laura Fisher

Masters Student, 2019-2021

Laura received her Masters Degree in the Department of Sociology in 2021. While working with Dr. Lesley Frank, Laura conducted interviews with food insecure families of infants, and coded and analyzed data. Additionally, since 2019, Laura has assisted with the Nova Scotia Report Card on Child and Family Poverty. Laura is currently a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University.