Candice Shoemaker

Dr. Shoemaker is a Professor of Horticulture and Human Health and Department Head in the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at Kansas State University. She developed and now oversees the online graduate certificate program in horticultural therapy and directs the Urban Food Systems specialization in the M.S. in the horticulture program. Dr. Shoemaker’s research program investigates the physical and psychological health benefits of gardening, focusing on children and older adults, and the community benefits of urban agriculture. This research allows her to work with students and colleagues from across a wide range of disciplines, including kinesiology, food science, and human nutrition. She has successfully obtained over $1,800,000 in grant funding to support her research programs. Dr. Shoemaker has more than 35 publications in scientific journals, proceedings, and books and has presented her work around the world. Dr. Shoemaker has received numerous awards throughout her career including the Charles A. Lewis Excellence in Research Award, the American Horticultural Therapy Association Publication Award, the American Horticultural Therapy Association Alice Burlingame Humanitarian Service Award, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Excellence in College and University Teaching National Award.

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