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Assistant Professor, Nutrition, UNC-CH

Dr. Wasser’s work focuses on the development of behavioral interventions to promote optimal infant and young child feeding practices, dietary intake, growth, and development. She is particularly interested in the bidirectional influences between child temperament and behavior and the feeding practices of mothers and other caregivers, including fathers and grandparents. Her research seeks to advance the field of behavioral nutrition interventions during the first 1,000 days through the use of social support and family-based strategies and the Multiphase Optimization Strategy, or MOST, framework.

Dr. Wasser is a Registered Dietitian and a former International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with both domestic and global intervention experience.

With funding from a Center for Galapagos Studies Seed Grant, Dr. Wasser is working in the Galapagos to collect data that will inform her co-design of a multiple foci intervention to reduce child DBM (dual burden of malnutrition) across the islands.

Learn more about Dr. Wasser’s research in the Galapagos in this news article.

Research Projects

Reducing the dual burden of child malnutrition through double-duty actions