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Leta P. Aljadiram

Leta P. Aljadir

Associate Professor (Emeritus)
Behavioral Health & Nutrition
leta@udel.edu

 

 

 

 

 


Research Interests

  • Maternal and Infant Nutrition

Education

  • Advanced graduate work: Animal Nutrition and Food Science, University of DE, Newark, DE, 1991-1995
  • Advanced graduate work: Nutrition Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1969-70
  • Dietetic Internship, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, 1966
  • M.S., Drexel University,Philadelphia, PA, 1965
  • B.S., University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines, 1962

Professional Experience

  • 1980-present Associate Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Delaware
  • 1974-1980 Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Delaware
  • 1971-1974 Instructor and Research Associate, Dept of Nutrition and Food, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1970-1971 Therapeutic Dietitian, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1970 (Jan-Apr) Graduate Research Assistant, Dept of Nutritional Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 1967-1969 Instructor, Dept of Nutrition and Food, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1966-1968 Nutrition Instructor, Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Dietetic Association (Registered Dietitian) 1966-present
  • President, Philadelphia Dietetic Association (PDA) 1974-1975
  • President-elect and Program Chairperson, PDA 1973-1974
  • Founding member, Delaware Valley Chapter Society for 1975-1976
  • Nutrition Education (DVCSNE) - one of 5 founders
  • Member, Delaware Dietetic Association (DDA) 1974-present
  • President, DDA 1979-1980
  • President-elect, DDA 1978-1979
  • Member, Sigma Xi Science Society 1986-1996
  • Member, Institute of Food Technologists 1991-1996
  • Chair-elect, Council on Practice, DDA 1994-1995
  • Chair, Council on Practice, DDA 1995-1997
  • Member, Delaware Folic Acid Coalition Board 1999-present
  • Member, Delaware-Panama Partners of the Americas (DPPA) 1999-present
  • Member, Executive Board, DPPA 2002-present

Funded Research/Scholarly Projects

  • University of Delaware Grant-in-Aid ($346.00) Spring 1976. Co-investigator with Wendy Biggs, UD Student Health Services, and Lindsay Harvey, Graduate student: A study of the behavioral approach to the management of obesity in college students (“Think Thin” project).
  • College of Human Resources Dean’s UNIDEL Grant ($603.00) Fall 1978: Sensory evaluation of recipes utilizing chemically-defined formulas.
  • University of Delaware Grant-in-Aid ($1,000.00) 1979-80: Co-investigator with Wendy Biggs, UD Student Health Services: A survey of vended food consumption at the University of Delaware.
  • University of Delaware American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant - DIMER Research Support ($3,500.00) 1979-80. Co-investigator with Louise Little, Associate Prof FSHN, UD: Pilot study for community nutrition program for cancer rehabilitation.
  • Ross Laboratories ($2,500.00) 1979-81. Co-investigator with Louise Little, Associate Prof FSHN, UD: Pilot study for community nutrition program for cancer rehabilitation.
  • Nutrition Education Training Grant, Department of Public Instruction, State of Delaware ($16,000) 1979-80. Co-investigator with Louise Little, Associate Prof, FSHN, UD: Novel ideas for nutrition education.
  • Delaware Department of Public Instruction ($9,636) 1980-81. Co-investigator with Mary Lou Liprie, Associate Prof, IFST, UD: Current and controversial topics in nutrition: Nutrition inservice for middle and junior high school teachers and curriculum supervisors in Delaware.
  • Delaware Office of Economic Opportunity, Community Food and Nutrition Program ($9,880) Jan-Sep 1981. Nutrition education and cooking demonstrations for low-income male senior citizens.
  • Delaware Department of Public Instruction ((10,043) Feb-Sep 1981. Co-investigator with Mary Lou Liprie, Associate Prof, IFST, UD: Update on nutrition education: continuing education course for high school teachers in Delaware.
  • University of Delaware Office of Computer-Based Instruction ($12,773) Jan 1984-Aug 1984: Development of computer-based PLATO R lessons on weight control and diabetes mellitus.
  • University of Delaware Office of Computer-Based Instruction ($31,046) Sep 1984-Aug 1988. Computer-based PLATO R lessons on human metabolism of carbohydrate, fat, and protein.
  • Sea Grant Project ($3,160) Sep 1984-Jan 1985. Metabolic effects of chitin.
  • UD College of Human Resources Multidisciplinary Research Grant ($3,000.00) 1996-2000. Co-investigator with Mary Lou Liprie, Associate Prof, IFST, UD: Feasibility study to determine if there is a metabolic basis for the lack of appetite in early and middle adolescents upon arising in the morning.
  • University of Delaware DIMER Grant ($1,600) 1999. Co-investigator with Mary Lou Liprie, Associate Prof, IFST, UD: Breakfast eating habits of adolescents.
  • College of Health and Nursing Sciences Center for Academic Practice Grant-in-Aid ($5,000)2001-2003. Co-investigator with Marie Kuczmarski, Professor, NTDT, UD, and Connie Vickery, Professor, NTDT, UD: Got 5? Nutrition for Kids Program.
  • University of Delaware General University Research (GUR) grant ($6,000) 2002. Co-investigator with Judy Herrman, Clinical Instructor and Assistant Chair, NURS, UD: Facilitating positive diabetes-related behaviors: Kamp for Kids.
  • Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation ($35,000 [$5,000.00/year]) 1999-2005. Co-investigator with Bethany Hall-Long, Professor, NURS, UD, and Judy Herrman, Assistant Professor, NURS, UD: Education and research initiatives for Kamp for Kids - day camp for children with diabetes mellitus and their siblings/friends.
  • Wilmington Flower Market ($1,500.00) 2003; ($2,000.00) 2004; ($1,500.00) 2005. Co-investigator with Judy Herrman, Assistant Professor, NURS, UD: Education initiatives for Kamp for Kids - day camp for children with diabetes mellitus and their siblings/friends.
  • University of Delaware Center for International Studies ($4,000.00) 2003-2004. Co-investigator with Evelyn Hayes, Professor, NURS, UD: To bring internationally recognized pediatric epidemiologist from Norway to address maternal-child health care issues.
  • University of Delaware Center for International Studies ($5,000.00) 2004. Co-investigator with Evelyn Hayes, Professor, NURS, UD: Discovery Abroad Research Exploration to take five undergraduate students to Norway for introduction to research on maternal and child health.
  • University of Delaware Center for International Studies ($6,000.00) 2004. Co-investigator with Evelyn Hayes, Professor, NURS, UD: International Research Award for work with colleagues at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim on maternal and child health research.
  • University of Delaware Early Learning Center ($5,000.00) 2004-2005. Co-investigator with Mary Lou Liprie, Professor Emerita, IFST, UD: Eat Well and Exercise for Good Health: An After-School Program (development of nutrition – physical activity modules for young children in after school care).
  • Delaware Health Fund - American Lung Association of Delaware ($2,500.00) 2004-2005. Co-investigator with Evelyn Hayes, Professor, NURS, UD, and Lisa Plowfield, Professor and Chair, NURS, UD: Smoking Cessation Program using the Buddy System for College Students.
  • Delaware Health Fund – American Lung Association of Delaware ($8.300.00) 2005-2006. Co-investigator with Evelyn Hayes, Professor, NURS, UD, and Lisa Plowfield, Professor and Director, NURS, UD: Smoking Cessation Program using the Buddy System among 18-24 year olds.

Recent Publications

  • Aljadir LP, Steven EV. 1996. Computer-assisted tutorials in nutritional biochemistry for dietetics. DEP-LINE 14(3):5-6.
  • Aljadir LP, Hotchkiss L, Stevens EV. 1997. Determinants of preterm birth: Analysis of the 1988 National Maternal and Infant Health Survey data. Proceedings of BORN TOO SOON conference. Oakland County Health Deaprtment, CA (peer-reviewed).
  • Plesko M, Cotugna N, Aljadir L. 2000. Validation of a 7-item fruit and vegetable food frequency questionnaire in a college population. Amer J Health Behav. 24:201-2008.
  • Kuczmarski M, Aljadir L. 2003. Using food calendars to self-monitor fruit and vegetable intake: Got5? Nutrition for Kids program. J Nutr Educ Behav 35:269.

Peer Reviewed Abstracts/Presentations

  • Aljadir LP, Liprie ML. High rate of binge-eating among young adolescents. American Dietetic Association annual meeting, Atlanta, GA Oct 1999 (poster presentation).
  • Liprie ML, Aljadir LP. Early adolescents’ perceived barriers to healthful lifestyles. Association for Career and Technical Education annual meeting, Orlando, FL Dec 1999 (poster presentation).
  • Herrman JW, Aljadir LP. Evaluation study of Diabetes and You: Kamp for Kids. Delaware Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society research conference, Wilmington, DE Mar 2000 (poster presentation).
  • Herrman JW, Aljadir LP. Experiential learning: College students and the Kamp for Kids. 4 th Regional Lilly Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Towson, MD Apr 2000 (co-presented slide presentation).
  • Kuczmarski M, Aljadir L, Vickery C. Got 5? Nutrition for Kids: A novel school-based program to enhance vegetable and fruit intake. American Dietetic Association annual meeting, Oct 2001 (poster presentation).
  • Aljadir L, DeBarboni T. Five-day workshop on folic acid and neural tube defects for school teachers and health professionals. Panama City, Panama. Jan 2002 (funded by Delaware-Panama Partners of the Americas, with materials support from DE March of Dimes).
  • Aljadir, DeBarboni T. One-day workshop on folic acid and neural tube defects for school teachers and health professionals. David City, Panama. Jan 2002 (funded by Delaware-Panama Partners of the Americas, with materials support from DE March of Dimes).
  • Herrman J, Aljadir LP. Facilitating positive diabetes-related behavior: Kamp for Kids. Delaware Nurses Association research conference, Wilmington, DE Mar 2003 (poster presentation).
  • Aljadir LP, Kuczmarski M. Using food calendars to enhance fruit and vegetable intake. Society for Nutrition Education annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA Jul 2003 (poster presentation).
  • Hayes ER, Plowfield L, Aljadir LP, Hanssen B. Teens’ and young adults’ tobacco use and cessation: A comparative international study. Eastern Nursing Research Society, Boston, MA Apr 2004 (poster presentation).
  • Hayes ER, Plowfield L, Aljadir LP, Hanssen B. Tobacco use by teens and young adults: An international comparative study. Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Nu Chapter (Nursing Honor Society) Research Symposium, St. Davids, PA Apr 2004 (poster presentation).
  • Aljadir LP, Liprie, ML. Food for the Heart and Soul (Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration/Workshop). Invited workshop. Delaware Health and Social Services Women’s Wellness Expo, Dover, DE Oct 2004.
  • Aljadir LP, Hayes ER. Discovery Abroad Research Expedition (DARE) at the University of Delaware. Podium/slide presentation. Lilly East Conference on College and University Teaching, Towson, MD Apr 2005.
  • Hayes ER, Aljadir LP. Research study abroad: What can be accomplished in eight days? Podium/slide presentation. Lilly East Conference on College and University Teaching, Towson, MD Apr 2005.

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