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Children's Nutrition Research Center - Faculty

Houston, Texas

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Children's Nutrition Research Center - Faculty
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Jayna M. Dave, Ph.D.

Jayna M. Dave, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine



B.S. Home Science – Applied Nutrition - Mumbai, India.

MSPH – Health Promotion, Education and Behavior – University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
Ph.D. – Health Promotion, Education and Behavior – University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
Postdoctoral Associate – Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Research Interests

My research agenda is to develop, implement, and evaluate community-based dietary interventions grounded in behavioral theories for prevention of obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases in low-income food-insecure populations. I am particularly interested in the socioeconomic and environmental determinants such as food insecurity, acculturation, and home- and school-level influences and their effect on dietary behaviors related to obesity and chronic disease prevention.

My current research focuses on alternative food assistance programs such as food banks and their potential to provide nutrition education and healthy foods to the low-income food-insecure clients. At present, I am the principal investigator on two NCI funded grants:

  • To assess the impact of the Kids Café program (national feeding program) on children’s dietary behaviors and nutrition knowledge
  • To investigate the potential of food banks to integrate nutrition education for obesity and cancer prevention into their usual operations using community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles.

Representative Publications

Evans AE, Dave J, Tanner A, Duhe S, Condrasky MD, Wilson DK, Griffin S, Palmer M, Evans M (2006). Changing the home nutrition environment: Effects of a nutrition and media literacy pilot intervention. Family & Community Health, 29(1), 43 – 54. PMID: 16340677

Dave JM, Evans AE, Saunders RP, Watkins K, Pfeiffer K (2009). Association among food insecurity, acculturation, demographic factors, and fruit and vegetables intake at home in Hispanic children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 109(4), 697-701. PMID: 19328265

Dave JM, An L, Jeffery RW, Ahluwalia JS (2009). Relationship of attitudes towards fast food and frequency of fast food intake in adults. Obesity. 17(6), 1164-1170. PMID:19247277

Dave JM, Evans AE, Pfeiffer KA, Watkins KW, Saunders RP (2010). Correlates of availability and accessibility of fruit and vegetables in homes of low-income Hispanic families. Health Education Research, 25(1), 97-108. PMID: 19654221

Hingle MD, O’Connor TM, Dave JM, Baranowski T.(2010). Parental Involvement in Interventions to Improve Child Dietary Intake: A Systematic Review. Preventive Medicine, 51(2), 103-111. PMID: 20462509

Evans AE, Chow S, Jennings R, Dave JM, Scoblick K, Sterba K, Loyo J (2011). Traditional foods and practices of Spanish-speaking Latina mothers influence the home food environment: Implications for future interventions. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 111(7), 1031-1038. PMID: 21703381

Cullen K, Watson K, Dave J (2011). Middle school student school lunch consumption does not meet the new Institute of Medicine National School Lunch Program recommendations. Public Health Nutrition, 19, 1-6. PMID: 21557875

Dave JM, Evans AE, Condrasky MD, Williams JE. Parental social support specific to their child’s fruit and vegetable intake: reliability and validity of measures. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. In Press.

Dave JM, Cullen KW. There are no differences in dietary intakes of children from low food secure and very low food secure households. Journal of Applied Research on Children. Accepted.

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