Rayane AbuSabha

Associate Professor
Nutrition Science, Dietetics Program Director

Contact Info
Email: abusar@sage.edu
Phone: 518-244-2396
Office: 327 Akerman Hall

Degree Information

PhD – Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University
MS- Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University
BS – Food Science and Technology, American University of Beirut

Certifications

RD- Registered Dietitian, Hershey Medical Center.

Courses Taught

SCI 120 – Nutrition Science
HMN 201- Food, Culture and Nutrition
NTR 325 – Community Nutrition
NTR 448 – Special Topics
NTR 690/691- Directed Research Thesis

Research

  • Factors that Affect Picky Eating in Childhood
  • Evaluation of Client Centered Nutrition Education in the WIC Program
  • Evaluation of the Veggie Mobile Fruit and Vegetable Program
  • Food Security in Seniors and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program
  • Intake of High Fructose Corn Syrup and Body Mass Index

Recent Publications

Woelfel, M.L., AbuSabha, R., Pruzek, R.M., Stratton, H., Chen, S., and Edmunds, L. Barriers to the use of WIC services. J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 2004; 104(5):736-735.

Edmunds, L.S., Woelfel, M.L., Dennison, B.A., Stratton, H., Pruzek, R.M., and AbuSabha, R. Overweight trends among children enrolled in the New York State Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 2006;106(1):113-117.

AbuSabha, R., Klein A., and Namjoshi, D. Evaluation of the Veggie Mobile fruit and vegetable program in a group of low-income seniors. J. Am Diet. Assoc.  (accepted for publication)

AbuSabha, R., Bonk B., Shackman G., and Samuels S. Evaluation of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program in Seniors. J. Hunger Env. Nutr.  (in review)

Accomplishments

Selected Grants

Fit WIC NY: Revitalizing Quality Nutrition Services. FY 2005 Special Project Grant Concept Paper Development. USDA, Food and Nutrition Service. $15,000. Co-investigator. October, 2005.

Fit WIC NY: Revitalizing Quality Nutrition Services. FY 2006 Special Project Grant. USDA, Food and Nutrition Service. $410,000. Co-investigator. PI of subcontract ($85,000).

Evaluation of the Veggie Mobile in Seniors. FY 2007-08, Albany Guardian Society and Community Gardens, Albany, NY.  $7,800. PI.

Establishing TLC in NYS WIC Clinics. FY 2008-2009, New York State Department of Health, Division of Nutrition, Menands, NY.  $21,070. PI.

Nutrition Education Community Service Learning Project in Senior Housings. March-June 2010. Albany Guardian Society and Community Gardens, Albany, NY.  $1,375. PI.

Selected Awards

The Sage Colleges Vision Grant “Excellence in Leadership.” $3,000. April, 2005

Cornell Cooperative Extension Community Award Service to “Eat Well Play Hard of Schenectady County.” January 2007.

The Nancy DeMuth Ruhle Memorial Lecture, New York State Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, May 2009.

Dannon Leadership Institute Mid-Career Leadership Award, Dannon Leadership Institute, May 2010.

Selected Invited Presentations

Talk, Listen, Connect. Training Workshops for NYS WIC Agencies:
−    Schenectady County, NY, September 30, 2008;
−    Monroe County, NY, October 2, 2008;
−    Alleghany County, NY, October 7, 2008;
−    Hudson County, NY, October 24, 2008.
−    Sullivan County, NY, November 13, 2008;

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables: Using Facilitated Discussion.  NYSDOH, Division of Nutrition, Just Say Yes Nutrition Educators Annual Meeting. Rensselearville Institute, Rensselearville, NY. November 4, 2008.

Changing Behavior Using Client-Centered Nutrition Education. The New York Nutrition Council Annual Meeting, June 5, 2009, Albany, NY.

Facilitating an Environment for Positive Behavior Change Workshop. New Jersey WIC Quarterly Services Meeting. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, October 26-27, 2010, Trenton, NJ.

Selected Research Poster Presentations

Bonk, B., Shackman G., Samuels S. and AbuSabha, R. Food insecurity and senior participation in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. J. Am. Diet. Assoc.  108(9):A111.

Shackman G., Bonk, B., Samuels S. and AbuSabha, R., Determinants of Food Insecurity among Low-Income Seniors.  State Society on Aging of New York (SSANY) 36th Annual Meeting, Gideon Putnam, Saratoga, NY.  October 23-25, 2008.

Lindemann E., and AbuSabha R., Oudekerk L. and Edmunds L. Results of Child Care Centers’ Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment. New York State Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, Westchester, NY, May 1-2, 2009.

Da Costa Gomez C., and AbuSabha R. A Review of Medical Nutrition Therapy for Gastric Bypass Surgery. New York State Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, Westchester, NY, May 1-2, 2009.

Norris T., Walsh K., and AbuSabha, R. Increasing Access and Affordability of Produce Improves Consumption of Vegetables in Low-Income Seniors.  J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 110(9).

AbuSabha, R., Klein A., and Namjoshi D. Introducing Solid Foods One at a Time during Infancy May Promote Picky Eating Later in Childhood .  J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 110(9).

Selected Other Publications

AbuSaha, R. Client-Centered Nutrition Education Intervention. Chapter 9. Fit WIC Final USDA Report. Evaluation and Analysis Unit, Division of Nutrition, NYS Department of Health, January 2010.

AbuSabha, R. Effective Nutrition Education for Behavior Change. 3rd ed. Self-directed learning program, Clarksville, MD: Wolf Rinke Associates, Inc., 2010.

Professional Organizations

The American Dietetic Association
New York State Dietetic Association
Hudson Valley Dietetic Association
Dietetics Educators for Practitioners

Service

Process Mapping Team, The Sage Colleges, 2004-2005

Sage Graduate School Curriculum Committee, The Sage Colleges, 2006-2008

Board Member: Eat Well Play Hard Group of the Capital Region, Cornell Cooperative Extension 2007-present.

Board Member: Physical Therapy Program, The Sage Colleges, 2007-present.

Dean, School of Health Sciences Search Committee, The Sage Colleges, 2009-present.

Middle States Report Change Team – Outcome Assessments (Chapters 6 and 14). The Sage Colleges, 2009-present.

Elected Area 7 Coordinator, Dietetics Educators for Practitioners The 2010-present.

Reviewer for:
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
National Registry of Effective Programs (NREPP), National Cancer Institute

Partnerships

New York State Department of Health, Division of Nutrition
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Capital Region Community Gardens

Personal

Hiking, reading, traveling