Dipti Dev

Dipti Dev

Website:Dev Research and Extension Group

Dipti Dev

Assistant Professor and Child Health Behaviors Extension Specialist

2013 Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Mumbai
B.S., Dietetics, Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) University

"My research focuses on improving adult caregivers (parents and child care providers) feeding practices for preschool children (2-5 years) in their care. The goal of this research is to help children develop long-term healthful eating behaviors and prevent childhood obesity. I am also interested in developing low cost and easily implemented strategies using behavioral economics principles to encourage healthier meal choices in preschoolers. My Extension focus at UNL would be to develop and evaluate programs for educating families and child care providers regarding responsive feeding and healthful feeding strategies. I would like to use technology for developing and evaluating programming. I am also passionate about childhood obesity prevention policy research, including assessing, strengthening and providing support for Head Start, USDA's Child and Adult Care food Program nutrition regulations and child care quality rating systems. By focusing on Head Start and CACFP programs I hope to serve low income and minority children and their families at a higher obesity risk.

Dr. Dev currently supervises student research in the following program areas:

Learn more about Dipti Dev's Research and Extension Work Group.

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2014, David H. Baker Nutrition Scholar Award Fund, Division of Nutritional Sciences Symposium University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign2013, Toshiro Nishida Research Award Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign2013, Poster Presentation Award 1st Place, Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program symposium2011, 2012, 2013, Poster Presentation Awards, Division of Nutritional Sciences Symposium University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign2011, 2012, 2013, Margin of Excellence Travel Award, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign2012, William Rose Endowed Research Award, Division of Nutrition Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign2012, Abbott Nutrition Scholarship Application For participation in the Certificate of Business Administration Program at University of IL Urbana-Champaign2012, Sponsorship for attending Nutrition Policy and Regulatory Affairs Summit, Washington, DC2011, Cited on List of Teachers Ranked Excellent with Outstanding Ratings2010, 2011, Most Outstanding Team PepsiCo- Research Apprentice Program (RAP) I, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Experience
2009-2013, Graduate Research Assistant: STRONG Kids Program (Trans-disciplinary research program from cell to society to prevent Childhood Obesity), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign2012-2013, Research Scientist (Intern): International Regulatory Affairs, Abbott Nutrition2010-2011, Research Apprentice Program, PepsiCo and University of IL at Urbana Champaign2010-2011, Graduate Teaching Assistant: CPSC 440. Applied Statistical Methods, University of IL at Urbana Champaign
Memberships
Society for Nutrition Education and BehaviorAmerican Society for NutritionSociety for Research in Child DevelopmentInternational Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity