Rayane AbuSabha

Professor, Nutrition Science
Director, MS in Applied Nutrition

Akerman Hall 303, Troy
518-244-2396
[email protected]

Degree Information

Ph.D. – Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University

M.S. – Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University

B.S. – Food Science and Technology, American University of Beirut

Certifications

RD – Registered Dietitian, Hershey Medical Center

CD – Certified Dietitian

Courses Taught

  • SCI 120 – Nutrition Science
  • HMN 201- Food, Culture and Nutrition
  • NTR 313 – Foodservice Systems Management
  • NTR 325 – Community Nutrition
  • NTR 549 – Pediatrics
  • NTR 690/691- Directed Research Thesis

Research

  • Registered Dietitians in School Foodservice
  • Evaluation of Field Goods™ on Fruit and Vegetable Intake of Working Adults
  • 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

Publications

AbuSabha, R., and Woelfel, M.L. Qualitative vs. quantitative methods: Two opposites that make a perfect match. J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 2003;103(5):566-569.

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;106:113-117.

AbuSabha, R., Bonk, B., Shackman, G., and Samuels, S. Food security and senior participation in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. J. Hunger Env. Nutr.  2011;6(1):1-9.

AbuSabha, R., Klein, A., and Namjoshi, D. Increasing access and affordability of produce improves perceived consumption of vegetables in low-income seniors. J. Am. Diet. Assoc.  2011;111(10):1549-1555.

AbuSabha, R. Interviewing clients and patients: Improving the skill of asking open-ended questions. J. Acad. Nutr. Diet. 2013;113(5):624-633.

AbuSabha, R., and Coleman, M.D. Nutrition and dietetics directors’ and compensation related to program accreditation activities. Special Issue: Teaching Nutrition-Theory and Practice. Open Nutr. J. 2015;9: 13-21.

AbuSabha, R. Developing research knowledge and competence in postgraduate students: overcoming the challenges of a limited resources environment. J. Acad. Nutr. Diet. 2016;116(3): 389-394.

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.
  • Nursing Mothers’ Worksites Toolkit for Employers of Low Wage Earners. March 2011-February 2012. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant awarded to: New York State Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease, Menands, NY.  PI of subcontract ($75,000).
  • MENU-AIDDS: Nutrition Intervention for Weight and GI Dysfunction in Disability. January 2010- December 2012. National Institutes of Health grant awarded to the University of Montana, Dr. Kathleen Humphries. PI of subcontract ($13,500).
  • Evaluation of Change in Intake of Fruits and Vegetables as a Result of a Produce Subscription Program. January 2014-April 2016. Field Goods, Inc. $8,500. 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.

Innovations in Education Award, Council on Future Practice. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, October 2014.

Selected Invited Presentations

  • Facilitating an Environment for Positive Behavior Change. New Jersey WIC Quarterly Services Meeting. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, October 26-27, 2010, Trenton, NJ.
  • Best Practices in Dietetics Education. Dietetics Educators for Practitioners Area 6/7 Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD, March 28-29, 2011
  • Making It Work: Return to Work Toolkit for Low-Wage Earners. New York State Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease. Breastfeeding Coalition Quarterly Meeting, Menands, NY, December 2, 2011.
  • Applied Facilitated Group Discussions in WIC Settings: Resolving Issues and Honing Facilitation Skills. New Jersey WIC Quarterly Services Meeting. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, July 26 & 31, 2012, Newark, NJ.
  • Facilitated Nutrition Education Workshop. Just Say Yes for Fruits and Vegetables Annual Meeting. New York Regional Food Bank, Latham, NY, April 23, 2015.
  • Preceptors’ Mindsets: A Comparison to Non-Preceptors with New Possibilities. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), Nashville, TN, October 5, 2015.
  • Nutrition Strategies for Changing Dietary Behavior: State of the Evidence. University of Technology Jamaica, College of Arts, Science and Technology Lecture, Kingston, Jamaica, October 14, 2015.
  • Health and Nutrition Conversation: Achieving Success in Changing Behavior. Notre Dame University Colloquium. Louaize, Lebanon, March 15, 2016.
  • Rewarding Dietetic Preceptors to Sustain the Future of Dietetics. 2016 Clinical Nutrition Management DPG Symposium: Aligning Nutrition Across the Continuum of Care, Austin, TX, April 18, 2016.
  • Setting Yourself for a Promising Future: Salary Negotiations. University of Wisconsin, Green Bay Dietetic Internship Program. Green Bay, WI, April 8, 2016.
  • Nutrition and Dietetics Curriculum Review. Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Food and Nutrition Science Department, The American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, June 13-17, 2016.

 

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.

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).

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).

Coleman-Kelly M., and AbuSabha R. Nutrition and dietetics directors’ workload and compensation related to program accreditation activities. J. Acad. Nutr. Diet. 114(9):A15;2014.

AbuSabha, R. Developing research knowledge and competence in master’s students: Individualizing group research projects. J. Acad. Nutr. Diet. 114(9):A68;2014.

AbuSabha, R. The effects of a local produce subscription program: Increasing vegetable intake and variety in working adults. J. Acad. Nutr. Diet. 116(9):A59;2016.

 

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. Return to Work Toolkit: Helping Breastfeeding Mothers Return to Work. Results of WIC Participants’ Listening Groups Report. NYS Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease, August 2011.

AbuSabha, R., and O’Sullivan-Maillet, J. Report on the Results of the Nutrition and Dietetic Associate NDEP Survey. NDEP-Line, May 2014:8-9.

AbuSabha, R. Program Evaluation of Field Goods™: Effects on Fruit and Vegetable Intake of Subscribers. Research Report, August 2015.

AbuSabha, R. Effective Nutrition Education for Behavior Change. 4th ed. Self-directed learning program, Clarksville, MD: Wolf Rinke Associates, Inc., 2016.

Professional Organizations

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors

Service

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

Board Member: Eat Well Play Hard Group of the Capital Region, Cornell Cooperative Extension 2007-2010.

Dean, School of Health Sciences Search Committee, The Sage Colleges, 2009-2010.

Middle States Report Change Team – Outcome Assessments (Chapters 6 and 14). The Sage Colleges, 2009-2010.

Elected Chair, Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors, 2012-2016.

Elected Board Member: The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, 2016-present.

Reviewer for:
National Registry of Effective Programs (NREPP), National Cancer Institute

Partnerships

New York State Department of Health, Division of Nutrition
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Capital Roots
Field Goods™

Personal

Hiking, reading, traveling