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Diana Cuy Castellanos, PhD, RD, LD

Chair, Department of Health and Sport Science; Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sport Science


Email: Diana Cuy Castellanos, PhD, RD, LD
Phone: 937-229-4206
Raymond L. Fitz Hall, Room 646C
Curriculum Vitae: Read CV


  • Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Systems, University of Southern Mississippi, 2011
  • M.A. in Nutrition and Dietetics, Marshall University, 2006
  • B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Cincinnati, 2000

Licensures & credentials

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Courses Taught

  • HSS 302 Community Nutrition
  • HSS 401/456 Nutritional Biochemistry
  • HSS 428 Research Methods
  • HSS 384 Food Justice
  • HSS 431 Sports Nutrition

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Public Health Association
  • Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
  • Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group

Research Interests

  • Community-based participatory research and food environment
  • Dietary acculturation in immigrant populations
  • Dietary-related behavioral interventions
  • Food insecurity, food environments and dietary-related psychosocial factors
  • Nutrition transition

Selected Publications

Cuy Castellanos, D. & Holcomb, J. (2018). Food insecurity, financial priority and nutrition literacy of university students at a mid-size private university. Journal of American College Health. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1515762

Dunfee, M. & Cuy Castellanos, D. (2018). Bridging the gaps between ecology and nutrition: A middle school-university collaboration. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2018.1484312

Cuy Castellanos, D. & Miller, B. (2017).  Adapting an evidence-based nutrition intervention to a Hispanic population. Lessons learned from the field. Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health, 4(5), 1121-112

Palacios, A., Villanueva, L., Cuy Castellanos, D., Reinhart, G. (2017) Aceptabilidad de un Atole Fortificado con 21 Micronutrientes e Impacto en la Salud y Nutrition de Ninos entre los 6 y 72 meses de edad en la Ciudad de Guatemala. Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutricion, 67(1), 15-22

Cuy Castellanos, D., Jones, J., and Christaldi, J. (2017) Perspectives on the Development of a Local Food System: The case of Dayton, Ohio. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.41(2), 186-203

Cuy Castellanos, D., Keller, J. and Majchrzak, E. (2016). Exploring the connection between community food security initiatives and social-cognitive factors on dietary intake. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, 7(1), 21-31

Castellanos, D. C., Christaldi, J., Borer, K. (in press). Using the Diffusion of Innovations to Develop Healthy Cooking Demonstrations at a Farmers Market. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 

Christaldi, J., Castellanos, D. C. (in press). Identifying Factors, Barriers and Solutions Related to Food Insecurity in Lackawanna County Pennsylvania. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.

Cuy Castellanos, D.K., & Borer, K. (2014). Using the PRECEDE-PROCEED model to assess dietary needs in the Hispanic population in northeastern Pennsylvania. Hispanic Healthcare International. 12(1), 43-53.

Cuy Castellanos, D. K., Downey, L., Graham-Kresge, S., Yadrick, K., Zoellner, J., & Connell, C. (2012) Examining the Diet of Hispanic Males using the Precede-Proceed model – Predisposing, Enabling, and Reinforcing Dietary Factors. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior [serial online].

Anderson-Lewis, C., Cuy Castellanos, D. K. et al. (2011). Utilizing Mix Methods to Measure the Perception of Community Capacity in an Academic-Community Partnership for a Walking Intervention. Health Promotion Practice.

Cuy Castellanos, D. K. (2010). The nutrition transition in Guatemala. Synergy, 1, 37-43.

Cuy Castellanos, D. K., Connell, C., Lee, J. (2010). Factors Affecting Weight Gain and Dietary Intake in Latino Males Residing in Mississippi:  A Preliminary Study. Hispanic Healthcare International, 9(2), 91-98.

Downey, L. H., Cuy Castellanos, D. K., Yadrick, K., Avis Williams, M., Graham Kresge, S. & Bogle, M. (2010) Perceptions of CBPR in the Delta NIRI:  An academic perspective. Health Promotion Practice.

Downey, L. H., Cuy Castellanos, D. K., Yadrick, M., Threadgill, P., Kennedy, B., Strickland, E., Prewitt, E., Bogle, M. (2010). Capacity building for health through community based participatory nutrition intervention research in rural communities. Family and Community Health, 33(3), 175-185.

Cuy Castellanos, D.K..“Dietetics On the Side of a Volcano.”  Today’s Dietician.  June 2005: 46-50.


Cuy Castellanos, D., Flora, B., & Al Hamad, R. (2018) Examining food insecurity in students attending a private university. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Cuy Castellanos, D. & Miller, B. (2018). Determining SSB and dairy consumption within the Hispanic population residing in Southwest Ohio. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Murray, L. & Cuy Castellanos, D. (2018). Breaking Down Barriers to Sustainable Eating at the University of Dayton. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Miller, B., & Cuy Castellanos, D. (2018). Exploring contributing factors to Sugar-Sweetened Beverage consumption within Hispanic persons residing in Southwest Ohio. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 50.

Boyer, H., & Cuy Castellanos, D. (2018). Assessing adequate caloric, micronutrient and macronutrient intake in collegiate athletes from various sports. Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition.

Cuy Castellanos, D., & Miller, B. (2017). SIPsmartER: Adapting an evidence-based dietary intervention program to the Hispanic population. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 49(7S1), P140.

Cuy Castellanos, D. Jones, J., Christaldi, J., & Keller, J. (2016). Perspectives of Public, Private and Civil Sectors in the Development and Maintenance of a Local Food System, Experimental Biology, D72, 281

Developing, Implementing, Measuring and Sustaining a Community-Academic Partnership for Community Health and Wellness", Presenter/Lecturer, Academic, National, Peer-reviewed/refereed, Published in proceedings, Accepted. (May 29, 2014).

Castellanos, D. C., Invited Lecture, Junior Councils of World Affairs Youth Forum, Junior Council of World Affairs, Sinclair College, Dayton, Ohio, "Hunger", Presenter/Lecturer, Academic, Local, Invited. (Dec. 9, 2013).

Castellanos, D. C., Presentation, Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Houston, "TX", Presenter/Lecturer, Academic, National, Peer-reviewed/refereed, Published in proceedings, Accepted. (Oct. 22, 2013).

Castellanos, D. C., Presentation, Faculty Research Forum at the University of Dayton, University of Dayton - SEHS, University of Dayton, "Mission of Mary urban garden project informative evaluation", Presenter/Lecturer, Academic, Local, Peer-reviewed/refereed, Accepted. (Sept. 25, 2013).