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Kassandra Harding

Kassandra Harding

Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor
Health Science and Human Ecology
Office Phone(909) 537-4587
Office LocationPS-311


Kassandra Harding joined the CSUSB Department of Health Science and Human Ecology in 2019. Her research focuses on investigating and addressing maternal and child health and nutrition in resource-restricted settings. If you are interested in working with Dr. Harding, please email at


Ph.D., Nutritional Biology, University of California, Davis

B.S., Clinical Nutrition, University of California, Davis

Research and Teaching Interests

Our research group focuses on nutrition intervention, program, and policy uptake and disparities, as well as the use and generation of data to fill “the data gaps” in global health and nutrition. Foundationally, our work blends nutrition science, epidemiology, and behavioral science. If you are a graduate or undergraduate student interested in joining Dr. Harding’s lab, please email at


Recent and Ongoing Projects


Breastfeed4Ghana: the design and evaluation of a social media-based campaign that aimed to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in Ghana. We are currently analyzing and publishing the results from this study.

Harding K.L., Pérez-Escamilla R., Carroll G., Aryeetey R., Lasisi O. Evaluation of campaign performance and the impact of social network targeting on key performance indicators. JMIR Nursing. 2019; 2 (1), e14589.


Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) Initiative: An initiative led by Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla at the Yale School of Publish Health ( provides a guide for the global scale-up of breastfeeding. Ongoing analysis.

Than M.K., Nyi S.N., Hlaing L.M., Mar S.L., Thwin T., Cashin J., Pérez-Escamilla R., Harding K.L. Scaling up breastfeeding in Myanmar through the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly Initiative. Current Development in Nutrition. 2019; 3 (8): nzz078.

Buccini G., Harding K.L., Hromi-Fiedler A., Pérez-Escamilla R. How does ‘Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly’ work? A Program Impact Pathways analysis. Matern Child Nutr. 2018; e12766.


Evaluating Malnutrition in South Asia: Working with existing national survey data to conduct comprehensive analyses focused on various forms of malnutrition. 

Harding K.L., Aguayo V.M., Webb P. Trends and correlates of overweight among children, adolescent girls, and women in South Asia: An analysis of data from eleven national surveys in six countries over eighteen years. Nutrients. 2019; 11 (8), 1899.

Harding K.L., Aguayo V.M., Webb P. Birthweight and feeding practices are associated with child growth outcomes in South Asia. Matern Child Nutr. 2018; 14 (S4): e12650.

Harding K.L., Aguayo V.M., Webb P. Education and nutrition: critical interactions between maternal schooling and child micronutrient status. BMC Public Health 2018; 18(470).