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

Dr. L. Karina Díaz Rios

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CE Specialist in Nutrition
University of California, Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
312B Social Sciences & Management
Merced, CA 95343
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Dr. Díaz Rios joined ANR as the first CE Specialist assigned to UC Merced. She obtained her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois after completing a Bachelors in Dietetics and a Masters in Medical Sciences at the University of Guanajuato in México. Her research and extension activities focus on preventing diet-related diseases in diverse and vulnerable populations through the development, adaptation, and evaluation of theory-based, culturally sensitive approaches to promote healthy eating and feeding practices. In her role as the Co-Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Merced, she is supporting efforts to understand and improve food security in local and regional communities. Dr. Díaz Rios is a Registered Dietitian, credentialed both in Mexico and in the US, with extensive experience assessing, diagnosing, treating, and monitoring diet-related conditions, both in clinical and research settings. She is currently serving as the ANR Associate Editor for Food and Nutrition.


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; culturally-sensitive nutrition education;

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