Ann Fox

Ann Fox

Associate Professor & Chair of the Department
J. Bruce Brown Hall
(902) 867-2192

Degree : BAA, MHSc, PhD, RD

Ann Fox is associate professor and chair of the Department of Human Nutrition at St. Francis Xavier University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition at Ryerson University and a dietetic internship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. She is a graduate of the MHSc (now MPH) Community Nutrition Program at the University of Toronto (UT), where she also completed a PhD in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Ann is a graduate of the UT Faculty of Medicine Education Scholars program which ignited her ongoing interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning in the health professions.

Ann has worked in a variety of community and clinical settings. The common thread throughout her career has been a focus on education including the development and management of women’s health programs, chronic disease prevention and management programs and advocacy for enhanced access to these services in the community.

Prior to joining St. FX, Ann was the director of Master of Public Health Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, at the University of Toronto, where she led significant curriculum change initiatives. Previously, Ann was the director of a large Diabetes Education Centre and other women’s health programs. She has been involved in local, provincial and national strategies to prevent and manage diabetes.

Ann was a member of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Nutrition Task Force and played a key role establishing competencies and education materials to promote public health nutrition practice in Canada. She has also worked with colleagues in Australia and Scandinavia to identify public health nutrition workforce development needs and strategies.


  • Fall Term
  • HNU 142  Intro to Food & Health

Recent publications

Maccharles, L., Fox, A. (2019). Exploring Food Guidance Approaches for Seniors in Antigonish, NS: Is There Still Gold at the End of the Rainbow? Can J Diet Pract Res, 80(3): 137-139.

Fox, A., Gillis D., Anderson B., and Lordly, D. (2017). Stronger together: Use of storytelling at a dietetics conference to promote professional collaboration. Can J Diet Pract Res 78: 32-36.

Fox, A. & Reeves, S. (2015). Interprofessional collaborative patient-centred care: A critical exploration of two related discourses. Journal of Interprofessional Care 29 (2), 113

Swanepoel, E., Fox A. & Hughes R. (2014). Practitioner consensus on the determinants of nutrition capacity development in high income countries. 1-8. Public Health Nutrition

Kugelberg, S., Yngve A., Fox, A., Thorsdottir, I., Jonsdottir, S., Jonsson, K. and Faxelid, E. (2012). Public health nutrition workforce development in 8 European Countries: constraining and enabling factors. Public Health Nutrition 15 (11), 1989-98.

Fox A. & Gingras J. (2012). Inside the Actors’ Studio: Exploring dietetics education practices through dialogical inquiry. Qualitative Inquiry, 18(8), 711-19. October.

Fox A. & Emrich T. (2012). Needs and perspectives of employers of students in a Master of Public Health nutrition program. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 73(1), 221-226.

Research Interests

  • Education scholarship in the health professions
  • Engaging critical social science theory and qualitative methods to explore health professional education and practice
  • Exploring, developing, implementing and evaluating public health nutrition approaches
  • Indigenous culture and nutrition curricula
  • Incorporating the arts into health practices
  • Chronic disease prevention and management

Current Interests:

Ann is interested in innovation in health professional teaching and learning. Specifically she aims to explore the intersections between education and practice, classroom and community, especially Indigenous communities, and arts and science, with an ultimate view to blurring these boundaries, creating meaningful education and community initiatives and helping learners make a difference in their chosen fields.