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Child Diet and Health Disparities Research Lab

Our research lab is interested in how the diets of young children relate to healthy growth. We work predominately with vulnerable populations including those participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as well as racial/ethnic minorities.

Looking for a Full-Time Research Professional!

The University of Georgia, Department of Foods and Nutrition is recruiting a full-time Research Professional with a start date of July 2021. This is a 3-year position with the possibility of an extension. Primary responsibilities include administration and dissemination of nutrition research projects across the age spectrum with an emphasis on early childhood and adolescence. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition or a related area. Previous clinical research experience would be useful.

All applications must be completed via the following: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/187998

Please send email inquiries to Dr. Sina Gallo, Department of Foods and Nutrition, sina.gallo@uga.edu

Research Projects

  • Breast fed infants are susceptible to vitamin D deficiency because breast milk contains insufficient amounts. Hence, public health guidelines suggest infant vitamin D supplementation to begin at birth yet, only 1/3 of US infants meet this recommendation. Our most recent work in this area explores adherence with current infant vitamin D policies and requirements among low-income and racially/ethnically diverse populations.

  • Latino children have an almost 3-fold higher risk of obesity, compared to their white counterparts. They also have less access to treatment programs. We have developed a multidisciplinary and culturally-adapted pediatric weight management program and are currently testing the effectiveness of program among low-income Latino children who are overweight or obese.


    Funding: Potomac Health Foundation

  • Errors in dietary assessment limit the ability to assess to detect true diet- diseases associations. Children are unique in dietary assessment due to developmental and cognitive immaturity.  Our work focuses on improving the accuracy of dietary recalls among elementary school-aged children, through exploring the effects of age, body mass index and race/ethnicity.

    Funding: Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Foundation

Meet the Staff

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