Yuka Asada, PhD, RD

Postdoctoral Trainee, National Wellness Policy Study

Dr. Yuka Asada is a postdoctoral trainee on the National Wellness Policy Study, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy.

Her research interests include the implementation of school food and nutrition policies, the impact of inequities on school health environments, structural change evaluation, critical dietetics, and qualitative methodology.

Dr. Asada received her PhD in Maternal and Child Health from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation research was a multiple case study focused on the implementation of the Smart Snacks in School standards.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Asada Y, Chriqui J, Chavez N, Odoms-Young A, Handler A. USDA snack policy implementation: best practices from the front lines, United States, 2013-2014. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016;13:E79. [See abstract.]
Fagen MC, Asada Y, Welch S, Dombrowski R, Gilmet K, Welter C, Stern L, Barnett GM, Mason M. Policy, systems, and environmentally oriented school based obesity prevention: Opportunities and challenges. J Prev Interv Community. 2014;42,95-111. [See abstract.]

Honors and Awards

Early Career Researcher Abstract Award, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2016
Chancellor's Graduate Research Fellowship Program, UIC Graduate College, 2014-2015
Harris Scholarship, Centers of Excellence (CoE) Maternal and Child Health Program UIC, 2010-2014
Sharon Telleen Award – Maternal and Child Health Program UIC, 2013
Student Abstract Award (Honorable Mention) – School Health Section of American Public Health Association (APHA), 2012
Bonnie C. Minsky Award – School of Public Health UIC, 2010

Ryerson University Graduate Scholarship, 2008