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L. Karina Díaz Rios

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CE Specialist in Nutrition
UC Merced - Cooperative Extension Specialist
5200 N. Lake Road
388 Science & Engineering 1
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. She is a Register Dietitian, credentialed both in Mexico and in the US. Her research and extension activities focus on the development, adaptation, and evaluation of theory-based, culturally sensitive educational approaches for early prevention of diet-related diseases in diverse and low-income populations. In her new role as the Co-Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Merced, she is involved in supporting efforts to understand and improve food security in local and regional communities. Dr. Díaz Rios 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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