Dipti Dev, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies

Dipti Dev’s research focuses on improving adult caregivers' feeding practices for preschool children in their care. The goal of this research is to help children develop long-term healthful eating behaviors and prevent childhood obesity. She is also interested in developing low cost and easily implemented strategies using behavioral economics principles to encourage healthier meal choices in preschoolers. Her extension focus at UNL concerns the development and evaluation programs for educating families and child care providers regarding responsive feeding and healthful feeding strategies. She would like to use technology for developing and evaluating programming.

Dev is also passionate about childhood obesity prevention policy research, including assessing, strengthening and providing support for Head Start, USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program nutrition regulations and the child care quality rating systems. By focusing on Head Start and CACFP programs she hopes to serve low income and minority children and their families at a higher obesity risk.

Dev has experience working on interdisciplinary teams for research in academia and industry. At UNL she is a part of the Healthy Humans interdisciplinary cluster. Her long-term goal is to foster healthful eating behaviors, weight and lifestyle in early childhood.

Dev completed her doctorate in nutritional sciences in 2013 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral dissertation was federally funded by the DHHS Administration of Children and Families and USDA Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program.