Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

L. Karina Díaz Rios

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CE Nutrition Specialist
UC Merced - Cooperative Extension Specialist
5200 N. Lake Road
388 Science & Engineering 1
Merced, CA 95343
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Dr. Karina Díaz Rios joined UCCE on September 2014 as a specialist in nutrition, family and consumer sciences at UC Merced. Her research focuses on the development, adaptation, and evaluation of theory-based, culturally sensitive approaches to nutrition education and interventions to prevent diet-related diseases in underserved Latino populations. Her early research included the examination of anthropometric, diet, and metabolic differences between children living in Mexico and in the US; and the study of physiological responses to exercise and psychosocial stress and their association with health outcomes. She has extensive experience providing dietetic counseling and nutrition education in Mexico and the US, respectively. In addition, she has been involved in teaching and developing college-level curricula in the areas of nutrition education, international public health nutrition, clinical and preventive exercise, and food preservation methods.


Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2013
M.S. Medical Sciences, University of Guanajuato. 2008
B.S. Dietetics, University of Guanajuato. 2005


Community nutrition; development, adaptation, and evaluation of culturally-sensitive nutrition education

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