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Deana Hildebrand

Hildebrand, Deana
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Oklahoma State University
301 Nancy Randolph Davis Building
Stillwater, OK 74078

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Dietetics & Nutrition Master's Degree - Instructor


Deana Hildebrand is associate professor and associate department head in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Her expertise is in the areas of community and public health nutrition; nutrition policy, systems, and environments; school and child care nutrition programs; and nutrition education.

She received the Outstanding Advisor Award in the Oklahoma State University College of Human Sciences in 2017.  She was awarded the Outstanding Community Engagement Award in the OSU College of Human Sciences in 2018.

The College of Human Sciences at OSU honored her as a nominee in 2018 for the Regents' Distinguished Teaching Award and as 2018 nominee for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award.

OSU also honored her as a 2018 nominee for for the Sternberg Award for Excellence in Advancing the Land Grant Mission.This was her second nomination for the award, as she won the Sternberg Award for Excellence in Advancing the Land Grant Mission in 2013.


Ph.D. in Human Environmental Sciences, Nutrition, Oklahoma State University, 2007
M.S. in Nutrition and Food Management, University of Central Oklahoma, 1988
B.S. in Education, Vocational Home Economics, University of Central Oklahoma, 1978

Hildebrand D, Betts NM, Gates G. Perceptions of School Wellness Policies and Childhood Obesity Among Rural and Urban Parents. Submitted to Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. In press, 2019.

Hildebrand D, Blevins P, Carl L, Brown B, Betts NM. Use of community readiness model to develop and evaluate a pilot culinary training program for school nutrition staff. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2017, in press.

Rakotomanana H, Gates G, Hildebrand D, Stoecker BJ. BMC Public Health. Situation and determinants of the Infant and young Child Feeding (IYFC) indicators in Madagascar: Analysis of the demographic and health survey. Accepted 2017, in press.

Rakotomanana H, Gates G, Hildebrand D, Stoecker BJ. The determinants of stunting in children under five in Madagascar. Maternal and Child Nutrition. Accepted November, 2016, in press.

Hildebrand RA, Miller B, Warren A, Hildebrand D, Smith BJ. Compromised vitamin D status negatively affects muscular strength and power of collegiate athletes. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2016; 26(6):558-564.

Hildebrand DA, McCarthy P, Tipton D, Merriman C, Schrank M, Newport M. Comprehensive integration of principles of influence improves breastfeeding initiation rates among WIC participants. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2014; 46(6):458-466.

Sigman-Grant M, Byington T, Lindsay A, Minggen L, Mobley A, Fitzgerald N, & Hildebrand, D.A. (2014). Preschoolers can distinguish between healthy and unhealthy food: The All 4 Kids study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(2):121-127.

Hildebrand, D.A., Garrard-Foster, D., & Jacob, T. (2012). Food and Fun for Everyone: A community nutrition education program (CNEP) for third and fourth grade students. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44(1):93-95.

Hildebrand, D.A. & Shriver, L. H.   (2010). A Quantitative and Qualitative Approach to Understanding Fruit and Vegetable Availability in Low-Income African American Families with Children Enrolled in an Urban Head Start Program. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 110(5):710-718.

Hildebrand, D.A. & Stover, A.   (2010). Farm to You: A Traveling, interactive nutrition education exhibit enhances classroom-based nutrition education. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 42(4S): S121. Presented at the Society for Nutrition Education National Conference, Reno, NV

Shriver, L. H., Hildebrand, D.A., & Austin, H.D. (2010). Determinants of fruit and vegetable availability in Hispanic Head Start families with pre-school age children living in an urban mid-western area. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 42(5):299-306.

Hildebrand, D.A. & Betts, N.M.   (2009). Assessment of stage of change, decisional balance, self-efficacy and use of processes of low-income parents for increasing servings of fruits and vegetables to preschool-age children.Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 4(2):110-119.

Hildebrand, D.A. & Sternlof S.A.   (2009). An evaluation of coordinated school health in Oklahoma. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 41(4S): S29-S30. Presented at the Society for Nutrition Education Behavior, New Orleans, LA.

Hildebrand, D.A. (2007). The family meal: an educational materials review. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 39(1):55-56

Quigley, K.K., Absher, A.G., Hildebrand, D.A., & Johnson, C.A. (2006). Feeding the generations: a unique generational feeding program Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 98(4), 10-14.