M.S., Nutrition & Food Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Saima’s research interest is to explore meal structures and environment that impact dietary preferences and consumption in young children to prevent early childhood obesity.

She has acquired the following research skills during her doctoral program: conducting translational research, nutrition education, research design, methodology, data analysis, manuscript development, grant writing, reviewing manuscripts, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Software experience: SPSS, R, Qualtrics, Mendley, Food Processor Nutrition Analysis Software, DistillerSR. Research Methodology: Dietary Observation in Childcare Centers (DOCC), Fruit and vegetable acceptance by picture method with preschool children, Mealtime observation and coding, Reliability and validity analysis of tools, Survey methodology.

Saima has worked in collaboration with interdisciplinary partners and key state stakeholders in the Nebraska Department of Education.

Lab Participation

Awards

Luella Selover Fellowship, 2019-2020

Edward and Catherine Martin Fellowship, 2020-2021

Travel funds from the CYAF, UNL and CEHS, UNL, 2019

Honors

Early Childhood Working Group Student Leaders. Early Childhood Working Group, Nutrition & Obesity Network Policy Research Evaluation (NOPREN). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 2018- 2020

Highlighted Publications & Presentations

  1. Hasnin, S., Dev, D. A., & Tovar, A. (2020). Participation in the CACFP ensures availability but not intake of nutritious foods at lunch in preschool children in child-care centers. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120(10), 1722-1729.

  2. Rida, Z., Hall, E., Hasnin, S., Coffey, J., & Dev, D. A. (2019). The perception of school food-service professionals on the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: a mixed-methods study. Public health nutrition, 22(11), 1960-1970.

  3. Rida, Z., Burger, C., Dev, D., Smith, J., & Hasnin, S. (2018). Assessment of Nutrition Knowledge of Childcare Providers Regarding the Implementation of the 2017 CACFP Meal Pattern Update. American Journal of Health Education, 1- 11.

  4. Hasnin, S., Dev, D., Saltzman, J., & Smith, J. A systematic review on correlates of preschool children’s dietary intake in childcare settings. Manuscript under review in the Nutrition Reviews.

  5. Elrakaiby, M., Hasnin, S., & Dev, D. 'Read for Nutrition' program improves preschool children's vegetable preference and consumption in child care. Manuscript under review in the Public Health Nutrition.

  6. Hasnin, S., & Dev, D. (2020, July). Contextual factors influence childcare providers’ barriers for serving healthy meals to preschool children. Poster presented at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s 53rd Annual Conference (Online), San Diego, CA.

  7. Dev, D., Hasnin, S., Sisson, S., Stage, V., & Tovar, A. (2020, July). Validation of an observational measure to capture feeding practices in childcare centers. Poster presented at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s 53rd Annual Conference (Online), San Diego, CA.

  8. Hasnin, S., Dev, D., Tovar, A. (2019, July). Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) influences nutrition related practices of childcare settings in Nebraska. Oral presentation at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s 52nd Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

  9. Hasnin, S., Smith, J. A., Rida, Z., & Burger, C. (2019, July). Time series assessment of childcare professionals’ knowledge regarding the implementation of the updated CACFP meal pattern. Poster presented at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s 52nd Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

  10. Hasnin, S., & Smith, S. E. (2018, March). Farm to Early Care Education in Nebraska: Data Reported from Nebraska Department of Education Survey. Oral presentation at the Mountain Plains State Agency Farm to Child Nutrition Programs Online conference, Denver, CO.