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Karina Regina Lora Faculty Member

1. I am a Teaching/Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, trained as a community and public health nutritionist. One of my primary research foci is health disparities in obesity prevention, specifically social determinants of health and nutrition behaviors of minority families. One of my research goals is to understand the individual, behavioral and home environmental factors that influence dietary patterns of family members to develop and implement interventions that are culturally relevant for success. I have a strong interest in integrating teaching and research to provide students with pedagogical approaches that enhance their learning outcomes, cultural competence skills, and awareness of social issues while benefiting communities by evaluating community/public health programs to improve their delivery and impact. Research April 1-December 30, 2021 1) I was awarded a USDA ERS Cooperative Agreement grant titled “Using FNS’s ITFPS-2 to understand WIC participation and nutrition outcomes for toddlers and children.” This project aims to conduct a systematic review of the literature to report the reasons why WIC participants exist the program during the five-year period their children are eligible to receive benefits. 2) Dr Talegawkar and I received funding from Mary Center in the last quarter of 2020 and funding continued until December 2021. Our role was to provide expertise on nutrition and age-related declines, program evaluation and monitoring plans for a nutrition intervention project that aimed at improving food security among low income seniors in the District. 3) Sumner Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness funded pilot project: I continued data analysis of Phase 1 data collected up to February 2021. The overall goal of the project is to develop a conceptual framework of low-income, first-generation, overweight/obese, middle-age Central-American men’s nutrition and physical activity behaviors toward weight loss and maintenance of a healthy weight. Phase 2 of the study was scheduled to start in fall 2021, but due to the current covid-19 pandemic exacerbated by the omicron variant data collection is currently on standby until summer 2022. 4) Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE): I am working on manuscript writing from funds I received in fall 2020. 5) USDA AER w4003 multi-state research project parental practices supporting positive eating behaviors during independent eating occasions among early adolescent children. I continued collaboration in this multistate project. Our group published one peer reviewed paper in 2021 6) Conferences: Stacey Viera, a student who I mentored in her culminating experience and graduated in May 2021 presented the findings or her CE project in August of 2021 at the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 7) Publications. Five peer reviewed papers/abstracts. One paper as senior author, one paper as a coauthor and three abstracts submitted and presented at the Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo, FNCE, Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, and the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Teaching April 1-December 30, 2021 1) I continue being the instructor for EXNS 6242 (2c) and EXNS 2124 (3c): Nutrition through the lifecycle in the fall and spring semesters, respectively. 2) I am the course director of the four sections of PUBH 6619: Fundamental of Nutrition Sciences and also one of the course section leaders. PUBH 6619 is offered in the fall and spring semesters. 3) I serve as director of the Public Health Nutrition MPH program. In fall 2021, 13 students were admitted in the program 4) I am the Culminating Experience Director of the Public Health Nutrition MPH program and advise all students in the program. In 2021 I advised two Public Health Nutrition two students. Service April 1-December 30, 2021 1) I serve as EXNS representative in the SPH Admission Committee 2) I continue being a member of the NOPREN-Early Childhood Working Group. The working group is a collaborative effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research and Active Living Research programs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) and Physical Activity Policy Research Network. 3) I serve as reviewer for peer-reviewed manuscripts that have been submitted for publication in journals. I also served as abstract reviewer for the 2021 ASN annual meeting.

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