Dr. Rachel Blaine

Academic Area
Nutrition and Dietetics

Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics


  • Doctor of Science in Public Health Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Dietetic Internship, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
  • Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences, UCLA
  • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition, UC Davis

  • Early childhood nutrition and feeding
  • Nutrition and autism spectrum disorder
  • Parenting behaviors as they relate to child health (food parenting, child snacking)
  • Promoting education/policy change in clinical, child care, and educational settings
  • The role and use of technology to promote behavior change and enhance education
  • Mixed methods, process/program evaluation

A complete list of publications can be found on Dr. Blaine's ResearchGate profile. Sample work includes:

Bowling A, Blaine R.E., Kaur R, Davison K. (2019) Shaping healthy habits in children with neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders: Parent perceptions of barriers, facilitators and promising strategies. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.16.1 (2019): 52. PMC6595579

Blaine, R.E., Kachurak, A., Davison, K., Kladbunde, R., Fisher, J.O., (2017) Food parenting and child snacking: a systematic review. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.14:146. PMC5668962.

Blaine, R.E. & Franckle, R., Ganter, C., Falbe, J., Giles, C., Criss, S., Kwass, J., Land, T., Gortmaker, S., Chuang, E., Davison, K., (2017) Using School Staff Members to Implement a Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention in Low-Income School Districts: the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (MA-CORD Project), 2012–2014. Preventing Chronic Disease,14:160381. PMC5234440.

Blaine, R.E., Fisher, J.O., Blake, C.E., Gehre, C., Davison, K., (2015) Conditioned to watch TV and eat? Low-income caregivers’ perspectives on the role of television and snacking behaviors among preschoolers. Public Health Nutrition. PMCID: PMC5491209.

Blaine, R.E., Fisher, J.O., Taveras, E.M., Geller, A.C., Rimm, E.B., Land, T., Perkins, M., Davison, K.K. (2015). Reasons Low-Income Parents Offer Snacks to Children: How Feeding Rationale Influences Snack Frequency and Adherence to Dietary Recommendations. Nutrients, 7(7), 5982-5999. PMC4517042.

Blaine, R. E., Davison, K. K., Hesketh, K., Taveras, E. M., Gillman, M. W., & Benjamin Neelon, S. E. (2015). Child Care Provider Adherence to Infant and Toddler Feeding Recommendations: Findings from the Baby Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (Baby NAP SACC) Study. Childhood Obesity. PMC4485887.

Taveras, E.M., Blaine, R.E., Davison, K.K., Gortmaker, S., Anand, S., MD, Falbe, J., Kwass, J., Perkins, M., Giles, C., Criss, S., Colchamiro, R., Woo Baidal, J., Land, T., Smith, L. (2015). Design of the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (MA-CORD) Study. Childhood Obesity 11(1), 11-22. PMC4322791

Blaine, R.E., Pbert, L., Geller, A.C., Powers, E.M., Mitchell, K. (2015), Parent preferences for a telephone-based coaching service to prevent and manage childhood obesity. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 91(1074):206-11. PMID25814510.

Khandpur, N., Blaine, R. E., Fisher, J. O., Davison, K. K. (2014). Fathers’ child feeding practices: a review of the evidence. Appetite, 78, 110-121. PMID24667152.

  • (2021) - Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • (2019) - Early Academic Career Excellence Award, CSU Long Beach (see award profile)
  • (2013, 2014) - Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
  • (2008-2009) - UCLA Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Trainee
  • (2005) - UC Davis Dean’s Outstanding Senior Award
  • (2005) - UC Davis Nutrition Department Citation for Excellence