The NAL is excited to welcome Qiong Chen, a Doctoral student in the Nutrition department, to the lab. Qiong received her bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Engineering in China, and her Master's degree in Nutrition from California State University, Chico. For her Master's thesis, she developed, implemented, and evaluated a four month school intervention among 600 K-2 students. The intervention with tasting and hands-on activities significantly increased students' familiarity, preference, and consumption of the featured vegetables, and significantly increased their involvement in food preparation at home.
At UMass, Qiong worked on a project called “food security, health outcomes, and nutrition education among Cambodian women in MA”, where she participated in developing and delivering a cooking intervention to the Cambodian community. Currently in the NAL, Qiong is examining how diet and physical activity influence women's body composition during the menopausal transition. Qiong's research interest is to develop and evaluate community-based nutrition interventions for chronic diseases prevention, especially among vulnerable populations like children, women, older adults, and ethnically diverse populations. She is also interested in exploring how technology can be used in nutrition intervention.