Niños Saños, Familia Sana: Family Nutrition Education
Niños Saños, Familia Sana: Family Nutrition Education
Niños Saños, Familia Sana: Family Nutrition Education
University of California
Niños Saños, Familia Sana: Family Nutrition Education

Karina Diaz Rios

CE Nutrition Specialist
University of California, Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
251A Social Sciences & Management
Merced, CA 95343 Create VCard



Dr. Díaz Rios is a community nutrition researcher and a registered dietitian who specializes in culturally and contextually responsive nutrition education to improve the food environment of families with young children. Her research is informed by the socioecological determinants of nutritional health to sensibly reach groups at risk of malnutrition. Drawing from participatory and implementation science principles, her most recent projects aim to increase nutrition education capacity in medically underserved communities by identifying feasible processes to bridge existing resources. This includes using tele-nutrition to deliver nutrition education in remote rural communities. Her instrumentation work consists of devising methodological approaches to adapt and validate evaluation tools for linguistic and cultural relevance. This work has resulted in several validated tools to measure the food environment at home, food-related parenting practices, and diet quality. Her work contributes to documenting the impact of nutrition education programs implemented at the local, state, and national levels. She is currently serving as the UC ANR Associate Editor for Food and Nutrition.


R.D. Dietetics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2016
Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2013
M.S. Medical Sciences, University of Guanajuato. 2008
B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Guanajuato. 2005


nutrition education, eating behavior, cross-cultural adaptation, measurement validation

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