Elena Serrano, PhD

Professo

Family Nutrition Program Project Director

Graduate Program Faculty

Behavioral and Community Science

Evaluation of the effectiveness of programs, policies, and practices to address childhood obesity and food insecurity among SNAP populations

A comparison of fruits, vegetables, sugar-sweetened beverages, and desserts in the packed lunches of elementary school children. Farris AR, Misyak S, Duffey KJ, Mann GR, Davis GC, Hosig K, Atzaba-Poria N, McFerren MM, Serrano EL. Child Obes. 2015 Jun;11(3):275-80.

Nutritional comparison of packed and school lunches in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children following the implementation of the 2012-2013 National School Lunch Program standards.Farris AR, Misyak S, Duffey KJ, Davis GC, Hosig K, Atzaba-Poria N, McFerren MM, Serrano EL. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014 Nov-Dec;46(6):621-6.

"Snacks are not food". Low-income, urban mothers' perceptions of feeding snacks to their preschool-aged children. Fisher JO, Wright G, Herman AN, Malhotra K, Serrano EL, Foster GD, Whitaker RC. Appetite. 2015 Jan;84:61-7.

Food waste in a school nutrition program after implementation of new lunch program guidelines. Byker CJ, Farris AR, Marcenelle M, Davis GC, Serrano EL. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014 Sep-Oct;46(5):406-11.

New NSLP guidelines: challenges and opportunities for nutrition education practitioners and researchers. Byker CJ, Pinard CA, Yaroch AL, Serrano EL. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Nov-Dec;45(6):683-9.

Psychosocial measures used to assess the effectiveness of school-based nutrition education programs: review and analysis of self-report instruments for children 8 to 12 years old. Hernández-Garbanzo Y, Brosh J, Serrano EL, Cason KL, Bhattarai R. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Sep-Oct;45(5):392-403.

Plate size and children's appetite: effects of larger dishware on self-served portions and intake. DiSantis KI, Birch LL, Davey A, Serrano EL, Zhang J, Bruton Y, Fisher JO. Pediatrics. 2013 May;131(5):e1451-8.
Food Waste in a School Nutrition Program After Implementation of New Lunch Program Guidelines. Byker CJ, Farris AR, Marcenelle M, Davis GC, Serrano EL. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014 May 21. pii: S1499-4046(14)00177-8.  

Effect of Different Children's Menu Labeling Designs on Family Purchases. Holmes AS, Serrano E, Machin J, Duetsch T, Davis G. Appetite 2012.

Psychosocial measures used to assess the effectiveness of school-based nutrition education programs: review and analysis of self-report instruments for children 8 to 12 years old. Hernández-Garbanzo Y, Brosh J, Serrano EL, Cason KL, Bhattarai R.J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Sep-Oct;45(5):392-403.  

Plate Size and Children’s Appetite: Effects of larger dishware on self-served portions and intake. DiSantis K, L Birch, A Davey,E Serrano, J Zhang, Y Bruton, JO Fisher. Pediatrics 2012.

Psychosocial Measures Used to Assess the Effectiveness of School-based Nutrition Education Programs: Review and Analysis of Self-Report Instruments for Children 8 to 12 Years Old. Hernandez Y, J Brosh, K Cason, E Serrano. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2012.

Smart choices for healthy families: a pilot study for the treatment of childhood obesity in low-income families. Pinard CA, Hart MH, Hodgkins Y, Serrano E, McFerren MM, Estabrooks PA. Health Education and Behavior 2012; 39: 433-45.

Effect of a Grocery Store Intervention on Sales of Nutritious Foods to Youth and Their Families. Holmes AS, Estabrooks PA, Davis GC, Serrano E. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2012 Apr 16.

HNFE 4624 Community Nutrition
HNFE 5604 Principles of Public Health and Nutrition
ALS 4204 Concepts of Community Food Systems

2001, Ph.D., Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University

1997, M.S., Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University

1989, B.A., Development Studies, UC Berkeley

Elena Serrano

540-231-3464
serrano@vt.edu

HNFE
327 Wallace Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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