Survey Manager, ITC Project, University of Waterloo, Canada
Ruth Loewen is the ITC Survey Manager, overseeing quality control and documentation of all ITC surveys. She was the first fulltime ITC staff person, joining in 2002, just months before the initial investigator meeting. Ruth obtained her first degree in Foods and Nutrition at the University of Manitoba.
She worked in sensory testing in the food industry early in her career, before finding her way back to academic research. She spent 15 years conducting research on psychological aspects of food preference and food consumption at University of Toronto in Mississauga, taking time off during this period to obtain a Masters in Measurement and Evaluation from OISE, University of Toronto.