Dev Research and Extension Group
Dr. Dipti Dev is interested in Child Health Behaviors, Childhood Obesity Prevention, Child Care Policy, Federal Subsidy Programs, Nutrition and Feeding in Child Care, Behavioral Economics principles to improve young children’s healthy food choices, and Program Development and Evaluation.
Research & Extension
Dr. Dev’s research and extension focuses on policy and environmental approaches to childhood obesity prevention. Her programming targets young children and adult caregivers, focusing on the child care environments.
Current Research and Extension Projects
Healthy Eating in Child Care: An Interactive Providers’ Curriculum for Feeding Preschool-Aged Children
Child care providers can be a major force in shaping young children’s eating behaviors and dietary intake patterns. Leading national organizations such as the Institute of Medicine, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Office of Head Start recommend healthful feeding practices for preschoolers attending child care to help children develop long-term healthy eating behaviors and prevent childhood obesity.
The recommendations specifically include that child care providers practice responsive feeding and avoid controlling practices such as pressure to eat and restriction. Yet, child care providers do not meet these recommendations. Further, there is a lack of evidence-based programming for child care providers with limited resources regarding practicing feeding recommendations. The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate interactive programming (video clips and workbooks) to help child care providers meet feeding practice recommendations.Funding : UNL Extension Innovation and Child and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Program.
- Promoting Family Style Dining in Child Care: Development and Assessment of Web-based and Interactive Programming
A widely endorsed feeding practice for preschool children (2-5yrs) is family style dining (FSD) - where children are allowed to select their own portions and serve themselves. Such a responsive feeding approach is supportive of children’s internal cues of hunger and fullness and self-regulation of energy intake.
Funding: The Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition
- Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (Go NAP SACC):
Collaboration with Nebraska Step Up to Quality
Given that over 12 million US children attend child care, Nebraska Department of Education and NE Department of Health and Human services has launched the NE Step Up to Quality Initiative to improve child care quality and support the learning and development of children.
- Child care context: Head Start, Child and Adult Care food Program funded and non-CACFP programs
- Child care type: Center-based vs. Family day care
- Demographics: Urban vs. Rural
Funding: NE Department of Health and Human Service, NE Department of Education and Extension Innovation
- Garcia, A. S., Takahashi, S., Anderson-Knott, M., & Dev, D. A. (accepted). Determinants of physical activity for Latino and White middle school-aged children. Journal of School Health.
- Dev, D. A., Carraway-Stage, V., Schober, D., Kok, C. M., & McBride, B. (2017). Child care providers' experience with implementing nutrition education for young children. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2017.07.001
- Dev, D. A., Speirs, K. E., Williams, N. A., Ramsay, S., McBride, B. A., & Hatton-Bowers, H. (2017). Providers perspectives on self-regulation impact their use of responsive feeding practices in child care. Appetite, 118, 66–74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2017.07/022
- Dev, D. A., Williams, C. B, Ramsay, S., McBride, B., Srivastava, D., May, A., Arcan, C., & Adachi-Mejia, A. (2017). Engaging parents to promote children’s nutrition and health: Providers’ barriers and strategies in Head Start and child care centers. American Journal of Health Promotion, 31, 153–162. https://doi.org/10.1177/0890117116685426
- Williams, N. A., Dev, D. A., Hankey, M., & Blitch, K. A. (2017). Role of food preoccupation and current dieting in the associations of parental feeding practices to emotional eating in young adults: A moderated mediation study. Appetite, 111, 195–202. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2017.01.003
- Dev, D. A., McBride, B. A., Speirs, K. E., Blitch, K., & Williams, N. A. (2016). “Great job cleaning your plate today!” Determinants of child care providers’ use of controlling feeding practices: An exploratory examination. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 116, 1803–1809. Article disseminated in more than 15 media outlets nationally and internationally.
- Hankey, M., Williams, N. A., & Dev, D. A. (2016). Uninvolved maternal feeding style moderates the association of emotional overeating to preschoolers' body mass index z-scores. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48, 530–537.
- Lisson, S., Goodell, L. S., Dev, D. A., Wilkerson, K., Hegde, A. V., & Stage C.A. (2016). Nutrition education resources in North Carolina–based Head Start preschool programs: Administrator and teacher perceptions of availability and use. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48, 655–663.
- Tandon, P. S., Tovar, A., Jayasuriya, A. T., Welker, E., Schober, D. J., Copeland, K., Dev D. A., Murriel, A. L., Asmo, D., & Ward, D. S. (2016). The relationship between physical activity and diet and young children's cognitive development: A systematic review. Preventive Medicine Reports, 3, 379–390.
- McBride, B. A., & Dev, D. A. (2014). Preventing childhood obesity: Strategies to help preschoolers develop healthy eating habits. Young Children. 9 (69): 36-42
- Dev, D. A., Speirs, K. E., McBride, B. A., Donovan, S. M., Chapman-Novakofski, K. (2014). Head Start and child care providers’ motivators, barriers and facilitators to practicing family style meal service. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29(4): 649-659.
- Dev, D. A., McBride, B. A., Speirs, K. E., Donovan, S. M., & Cho, H. (2014). Predictors of Head Start and child care providers’ healthful and controlling feeding practices with 2- to 5-year old children. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 114(9):1396-1403
- Dev, D. A., McBride, B. A., & STRONG Kids Research Team. (2013). Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Benchmarks for Nutrition in Childcare (2011): Are childcare providers across context meeting recommendations? Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 113(10), 1346-1353.
- Dev, D. A., McBride, B. A., Fiese, B. H., Jones, B. L., Cho, H., & STRONG Kids Research Team. (2013). Risk factors for overweight/obesity in pre-school children. Childhood Obesity, 9(5), 399-404.
- Clark, C., Hatton-Bowers, H., Gottschalk, C.,Dev, D.A.,& Poppe, L. (2017). Self-regulation in early childhood. Nebraska Extension. http://extensionpubs.unl.edu/publication/9000019051622/self-regulation-in-early-childhood/
- Clark, C., Hatton-Bowers, H., Gottschalk, C.,Dev, D.A.,& Poppe, L. (2017). Strategies for helping young children with self-regulation. Nebraska Extension. http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/html/g2287/build/g2287.htm
- Garcia, S.,Aldekhe,A.Z., Dev,D.A.,Foged,J.J., & Kunz,G. M. (2017). Enhancing mealtimes for children with autism: Feeding challenges and strategies. Nebraska Extension. http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/html/g2285/build/g2285.htm
- Swartz, A.R.,&Dev,D.A. (2014).Little kids cook. Leaders and participant guide. Nebraska Extension. http://extensionpubs.unl.edu/publication/9000016369464/little-kids-cook-participants-guide/
Dipti Dev is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) since January 2014. She is also the Extension Specialist for Child Health Behaviors. She completed her PhD studies in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Grad Student Collaborators
Car Mun Kok Ph.D., Family Science
Yage Guo Ph.D., Psychological Studies
Elsa Escalante Ph.D., Human Sciences
Ann Essay Dietetics and Nutrition, Exercise, Health Science
Alexis Noelder Human Resource Management and Marketing
Extension & Outreach
Extension Programs and Publications
Healthy Eating in Child Care
Take a sneak peak at the curriculum by watching short videos below.
ROLE MODELING INTRODUCTION
Interested in the curriculum? If you have questions about the curriculum or want to join our team- Contact us
Dr. Dev’s work group is committed to serving the local community!
INVITED RESEARCH & EXTENSION PRESENTATIONS
- Dev, DA, Educare Nutrition Parent Workshop, "Eating Well at Home: Low Cost and Easy strategies," Educare of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE. (November 11, 2014).
- Dev, DA, Educare Nutrition Parent Workshop, "Eating Well at Home: Low Cost and Easy strategies," Educare of Lincoln, Educare Lincoln. (November 6, 2014).
- Dev, DA, Growing healthy kids: Summer teacher workshops, "Eating Well at School: Low Cost and Easy strategies," NE EXTENSION, Lincoln, NE. (July 29, 2014).
- Dev, DA, Growing healthy kids: Summer teacher workshops, "Eating Well at School: Low Cost and Easy strategies," NE EXTENSION, Lincoln, NE. (June 25, 2014).
- Dev, DA, NAP SACC Professional Development, "Family Style Dining in Child Care: Providers Perceptions," DHHS AND NE EXTENSION, Omaha, NE. (June 16, 2014).
- Dev, DA, Growing healthy kids: Summer teacher workshops, "Eating Well in School: Low Cost and Easy strategies," NE EXTENSION, Lincoln, NE. (May 29, 2014).
- Dev, DA, Learning Child Team Retreat, "Healthy Children and Family in NE: Extension Initiatives 2014," Lincoln, NE. (April 9, 2014).
- Dev, DA, Nebraska NAP SACC Trainers 2014 Annual Update, "Family Style Meals in Child Care: Provider Perceptions," NE EXTENSION, DHHS, Lincoln Lancaster County Health Dept. (March 3, 2014).
- Dev, DA, Caring about Kids: Early Childhood Conference, "Eating Well in Child Care: Low Cost and Easy Strategies," Nebraska Extension, Ainsworth, Nebraska. (February 1, 2014).
Dr. Dev’s workgroup conducts ‘Eating Well in Child Care’ and ‘Nutrition Education’ workshops for preschool children at Educare, Lincoln on Nov 6th and 11th, 2014
The goal of these workshops was to improve parents’ mealtime feeding practices and to increase children’s exposure to, and consumption of fruits and vegetables.