Dr Katherine Dickin
Associate Research Professor
Associate Research Professor
North America, Canada
North America, United States
Expertise and interests
academia and research, communication and behaviour and social change, Community Engagement, Community nutrition, Gender, Health, Public health and nutrition
food and nutrition, food insecurity and undernourishment, Food Security, human ecology, Nutrition, Public health, Social and behavior change communications; strategic communications; social marketing; gender
Food security, Food, Diet quality, Health, Maternal and child health, Sustainable diets, Sustainability, Water and sanitation
I study the effectiveness of community-based programs to improve nutrition and reduce health inequities globally, including qualitative and quantitative research on maternal and child nutrition, parenting, social support, food security and capacity building for multisectoral nutrition.
Matare CR, Craig HC, Martin SL, Kayanda RA, Chapleau GM, Bezner Kerr R, Dearden KA, Nnally LP, Dickin KL. Barriers and Opportunities for Improved Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices in Tanzania: Household Trials with Mothers and Fathers. Food and Nutrition Bulletin (on-line May 2019) https://doi.org/10.1177/0379572119841961
Schuster RC, Szpak M, Klein E, Sklar K, Dickin KL. “I try, I do”: Child feeding practices of motivated low-income parents reflect trade-offs between psychosocial and nutrition goals. Appetite 2019; 136: 114-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2019.01.005
Martin SL, Wawire V, Ombunda H, Li T, Sklar K, Tzehaie H, Wong A, Pelto GH, Chapleau GM, Omotayo MO, Stoltzfus RJ, Dickin KL. Integrating calcium supplementation into antenatal care services in western Kenya: A qualitative process evaluation to examine the implementation of evidence-based guidelines. Current Developments in Nutrition 2018; 2(11) https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzy068
McClain AC, Dickin KL, Dollahite J. Life course influences on food provisioning among low-income, Mexican-born mothers with young children at risk of food insecurity. Appetite 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2018.09.014
Tesfaye B, Sinclair K, Wuehler SE Moges T, De-Regil LM, Dickin KL. Applying international guidelines for calcium supplementation to prevent preeclampsia: Simulation of recommended dosages suggests risk of excess intake in Ethiopia. Public Health Nutrition 2018. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980018002562
Birhanu Z, Chapleau GM, Ortolano SE, Mamo G, Martin SL, Dickin KL. Ethiopian women’s perspectives on antenatal care and iron-folic acid supplementation: Insights for translating global antenatal calcium guidelines into practice. Maternal & Child Nutrition 2018;14(S2): e12424. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12424
Omotayo MO, Dickin KL, Pelletier DL, Martin SL, Kung’u JK, Stoltzfus RJ. Feasibility of integrating calcium and iron-folate supplementation to prevent preeclampsia and anemia in pregnancy in primary healthcare facilities in Kenya. Maternal & Child Nutrition 2018;14(S2): e12437. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12437
Miller J, Collins S, Omotayo M, Martin S, Dickin K, Young S. Geophagic earths consumed by women in western Kenya contain dangerous levels of lead, arsenic, and iron. American Journal of Human Biology 2018. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/ajhb.23130
Rosa TL, Ortolano SE, Dickin KL. Remembering food insecurity: Low-income parents’ perspectives on childhood experiences and implications for measurement. Appetite 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2017.10.035
Omotayo MO, Martin SL, Stoltzfus RJ. Ortolano SE, Mwanga E, Dickin KL. With adaptation, the WHO guidelines on calcium supplementation for prevention of preeclampsia are adopted by pregnant women. Maternal & Child Nutrition 2017. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mcn.12521/full
Martin SL, Omotayo MO, Pelto GH, Chapleau GM, Stoltzfus RJ, Dickin KL. Adherence-specific social support enhances adherence to calcium supplements among pregnant women in Kenya. Journal of Nutrition 2017; 147:688-696. doi:10.3945/jn.116.242503.
Omotayo MO, Dickin KL, Pelletier DL, Mwanga E, Kung’u JK, Stoltzfus RJ. A simplified regimen compared to WHO guidelines decreases antenatal calcium supplement intake for prevention of preeclampsia in a cluster-randomized non-inferiority trial in rural Kenya. Journal of Nutrition 2017; 147 (10): 1986-1991. doi: 10.3945/jn.117.251926.
Martin SL, Birhanu Z, Omotayo MO, Kebede Y, Pelto, GH, Stoltzfus RJ, Dickin KL. “I Can’t Answer What You’re Asking Me. Let Me Go, Please.” Cognitive Interviewing to Assess Social Support Measures in Ethiopia and Kenya. Field Methods 2017; 29 (4): 317-332. https://doi.org/10.1177/1525822X17703393
Martin SL, Omotayo MO, Chapleau GM, Stoltzfus RJ, Birhanu Z, Ortolano S, Pelto GH, Dickin KL. Adherence partners are an acceptable behavior change strategy to support calcium and iron-folic acid supplementation among pregnant women in Ethiopia and Kenya. Maternal & Child Nutrition 2017; 13(3): e12331. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12331.
Martin SL, Seim GL, Wawire S, Chapleau GM, Young SL, Dickin KL. Translating formative research findings into a behavior change strategy to promote antenatal calcium and iron and folic acid supplementation in western Kenya. Maternal & Child Nutrition 2017; 13(1). doi: 10.1111/mcn.12233.
Omotayo MO, Dickin KL, Stoltzfus RJ. Perinatal mortality due to pre-eclampsia in Africa: A comprehensive and integrated approach is needed. Global Health: Science & Practice 2016; 4:350-1. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00054
Omotayo MO, Dickin KL, O’Brien KO, Neufeld LM, De-Regil LM, Stoltzfus RJ. Translating guidelines for calcium supplementation to prevent preeclampsia into policy. Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal 2016; Mar 1;7(2):275-8. https://doi.org/10.3945/an.115.010736
Omotayo MO, Dickin KL, Chapleau GM, Martin SL, Chang C, Mwanga E, Kung’u J, Stoltzfus R. Cluster-randomized non-inferiority trial to compare supplement consumption and adherence to different dosing regimens for prenatal calcium and iron-folic acid supplementation to prevent preeclampsia and anemia. Journal of Public Health Research 2015; 4(3). http://dx.doi.org/10.4081/jphr.2015.582
Matare CR, Mbuya MNN, Pelto G, Dickin KL, Stoltzfus RJ and the SHINE Trial Group. Assessing maternal capabilities in the SHINE Trial: Highlighting a hidden link in the causal pathway to child health. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2015; 61(suppl 7), S745-S751. https://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/61/suppl_7/S745.full
Dickin KL, Larios F, Parra PA. Cognitive interviewing to enhance comprehension and accuracy of responses to a Spanish-language nutrition program evaluation tool. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2015; 47(5): 465-471. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2015.06.008
Mena N, Gorman K, Dickin K, Greene G, Tovar A. Contextual and cultural influences on parental feeding practices and involvement in child-care centers among Hispanic parents. Childhood Obesity 2015; 11(4): 347-354. https://doi.org/10.1089/chi.2014.0118
Dickin KL and Seim, G. Adapting the Trials of Improved Practices approach to explore the acceptability and feasibility of nutrition and parenting recommendations: What works for low-income families? Maternal and Child Nutrition 2015; 11:897-914. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12078.
Click the links below for details of this members recent projects
USAID Advancing Nutrition
Kate Dickin is Principal Investigator for Cornell subcontract
John Snow International, multiple collaborators including Cornell University. Funder: United States Agency for International Development
Multiple inlcuding systematic review
ASTUTE. Scaling Up Growth: Addressing Stunting in Tanzania Early (in the under 5s)
Kate Dickin, Stephanie Martin, Gina Klemm, Rosemary Kayanda, Ibukun owoputi, Lutfrid Nnally
IMA World Health, Cornell University
Community based research: Qualittive, survey, pile sorts, trials of improved practices
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