Suna Kassier

Position:

Lecturer/Dr


Qualifications:

PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Cape Town)

MSc Dietetics (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

BSc Honours Dietetics (cum laude) (Stellenbosch University)

Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Dietetics (cum laude) (Stellenbosch University)

BSc Dietetics (Stellenbosch University)

Office Block:

Room B6

Rabie Saunders Building

Agriculture Campus

PMB

Telephone:

 

Fax:

 

Email:

+27 (0) 33 260 5431

 

+27 (0) 33 260 6270

 

kassiers@ukzn.ac.za

 

Academic Profile

Lecturer

Academic coordinator: Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and Post Graduate Diploma in Community Nutrition

 

Professional Registration

Registered dietitian: Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA): DT 000 5550

 

Current Teaching /Courses

  • Research project in Nutrition (NUTR741)
  • Research methods: Dietetics and Human Nutrition  (DIET311)
  • Epidemics in Nutrition (NUTR260)

 

Research Interests /Areas of specialty

Research interests include obesity, public health, non-communicable diseases of lifestyle, infant and young child nutrition and related nutritional status, food security and sports nutrition.

 

Publications

- Lahner CR, Kassier SM, Veldman FJ (2016). Estimation of true height: a study in population-specific methods, among young South African adults. Public Health Nutrition. In press. PHN1600233ID: 10.1017/s1368980016002330.

- Kassier SM (2016). Periodontal disease and non-communicable diseases. Strength of bidirectional associations. SADJ (in press).

- Kassier SM (2016). Colon cancer and the consumption of red and processed meat: An association that is medium, rare or well done? SAJCN 29(4). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16070658.2016.1217645.

- Lahner CR, Kassier SM, Veldman FJ (2016). Arm-associated measurements as estimates of true height in black and white young adults of both genders: An exploratory study, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. SAJCN 29(3):27-31.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16070658.2016.1198616.

- Lahner CR, Kassier SM (2016). True height and variability in estimates thereof across race and gender. SAJCN 29(2):64-67.

- Audain KA; Veldman FJ; Kassier SM (2015). A comparative analysis of nutritional status in adolescents from an urban versus a peri-urban school in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Central African Journal of Public Health 1(2):21-27.

- Gordon R; Kassier S; Biggs C (2015). Hydration status and fluid intake of urban, underprivileged South African male adolescent soccer players during training.  Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 12-21.

- Audain K; Kassier S; Veldman FJ (2014). Adolescent food frequency and socioeconomic status in a private urban and peri-urban school in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal. SAJCN 27(4): 201-207.

- Kassier, S; Veldman F (2014). Eating behaviour, eating attitude and body mass index of dietetic students versus non-dietetic majors: a South African perspective. SAJCN 27(3):109-113.

- Kassier, S; Veldman F (2014). When Science Meets Culture: Prevention and Management of Erectile Dysfunction in the 21st Century. SAJCN 27(1):7-12.

- Kassier S; Veldman F (2013). Food security status and academic performance of students on financial aid: The case of University of KwaZulu-Natal. Alternation Special Edition 9: 248-246.

- Kassier S; Veldman F (2013). Cry, the beloved bottle: infant-feeding knowledge and the practices of mothers and caregivers in an urban township outside Bloemfontein, Free State province. SAJCN 26(1):17-22.

- Kassier S; Senekal M; Calitz F; Sandler M (1990): Effect of a Texturised Plant Protein on the Postprandial Blood Glucose Response in Healthy Individuals: A pilot study. SAJ Food Science and Nutrition 2(3):61-63.

 

Conference Proceedings

- Kassier SM, De Villlers A, Senekal M (2016).  Reasons for attrition in the course of enrolment in a healthy weight loss intervention: opinions from intervention facilitators (dietitians) versus black (Zulu) middle-class participants, South Africa. Obesity Reviews 17 (supplement 2): T6:S35:14. XIII International Congress on Obesity.

- Kassier SM, De Villlers A, Senekal M (2016). Barriers to weight loss on a healthy weight loss intervention: Qualitative perspectives from dietitians, black (Zulu) middle-class completers and drop-outs, South Africa. Obesity Reviews 17 (supplement 2): T6:S38:14. XIII International Congress on Obesity.

- Downs J, Kassier SM, Veldman FJ (2016). New insights in the obesity survival paradox in chronic care haemodialysis patients. Presentation No: FC10-4. Free Communication Session 10. XVIII International Congress on Nutrition and Metabolism in Renal Disease.

- Downs J, Veldman FJ, Kassier SM (2015). A comparison of excess fluid to be removed in haemodialysis patients, as estimated by HD staff versus multiple frequency BIA. Critical Care Congress. Sun City, North West Province.

- Kassier S; De Villiers A; Senekal M (2014).  Health status, dietary intake, dieting practices, eating behavior, physical activity and psychological well-being in urban black overweight/obese treatment-seeking Zulu women and association with BMI. Obesity Reviews 15 (Supplement 2):106. XII International Congress on Obesity.

- Kassier S; De Villiers A; Senekal M (2014).  Weight loss on a culturally sensitive healthy weight loss programme in urban black overweight/obese Zulu women.  Obesity Reviews 15 (Supplement 2):156. XII International Congress on Obesity.

- Kassier, S; De Villiers A; Senekal M (2014).  Healthy weight loss intervention for overweight/obese urban Zulu women: Potential for success. SAJCN 27(3):178. Nutrition Congress 2014, Johannesburg. 13th congress of ADSA.

- Veldman F, Kassier S (2014). Food security status and academic performance of students on financial aid at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. SAJCN 27(3):155. Nutrition Congress 2014, Johannesburg. 13th congress of ADSA.

- Kassier SM, Feldman FJ (2014). Dietetics students: More eating disordered than other study majors? The UKZN experience SAJCN 27(3):155. Nutrition Congress 2014, Johannesburg. 13th congress of ADSA.

- Audain K, Veldman F, Kassier, SM (2014): A comparative analysis of nutrition status in adolescents from an urban versus a peri-urban school, KwaZulu-Natal. SAJCN 27(3):148. Nutrition Congress 2014, Johannesburg. 13th congress of ADSA.

- Marais M, Bredenhann E, Kassier S (2013).  A reliable method of evaluating  nutritional intake of male mine workers residing in mine accommodation on a platinum mine (South Africa). Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism     3(Suppl1):1429. 26thth International Nutrition Conference, Granada.

- Kassier S; Veldman F (2012). Eating behaviour and choice of study in female students attending the UKZN.  Conference Presentation: 6th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.

- Kassier S; Veldman F (2012). Food security status and academic performance of students on financial aid at UKZN.  Conference Presentation: 6th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.

- Kassier S; Veldman F; Senekal M (2010). Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome among urban Overweight/Obese Zulu women: Comparative Analysis of Two Sets of Diagnostic Criteria. SAJCN 23(3):S25. Nutrition Congress 2010, Durban. 11th congress of ADSA.

- Kassier, S; Sayed N (2010). Infant feeding messages in South African Magazines.  2010. SAJCN 23(3):S23. Nutrition Congress 2010, Durban. 11th congress of ADSA.

- Kassier S (2008). Service Excellence in the Dietetic Profession. SAJCN 21(3):S196. Nutrition Congress 2008, Pretoria. Nutrition Congress 2008, Pretoria. 10th congress of ADSA.

- Kassier S (2006). Predictors of Exclusive Breastfeeding among Zulu Mothers with 0-6 month old Infants Attending PMTCT and Non-PMTCT Clinics in Central Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. SAJCN. 19(3):S10. 9th Biennial Congress of ADSA, Port Elizabeth.

- Kassier S; Senekal M; Maunder E (2005). Predictors of Exclusive Breastfeeding among Zulu Mothers Attending PMTCT and non – PMTCT Clinics in Central Durban, KwaZulu-Natal: An Exploratory Study. 18th International Nutrition Conference, Durban. Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism 49(Suppl1):329.

- Kassier S ; Senekal M ; Maunder E (2004). The Current Infant Feeding Practices and Related Factors of Zulu Mothers with 0-6 month Old Infants Attending PMTCT and non – PMTCT Clinics in Central Durban KwaZulu Natal: An Exploratory Study. SAJCN 17(2):S12. Goudini. 8th Biennial Congress of ADSA.

- Ntuli Z, Anderson D, Kassier SM (2004). An evaluation of student nutrient intake and anthropometric status to determine the effect of nutritional knowledge and socio-demographic factors on nutritional status. SAJCN 17(2):S19. Goudini. 8th Biennial Congress of ADSA.

- Kassier S; Senekal M; Maunder E (2003). Clinic- based Nursing Staff and PMTCT Counselors as an Influence on the Feeding Practices of Zulu Mothers with Infants Attending Baby Clinics in Central Durban KwaZulu-Natal: An Exploratory Study. National AIDS Conference, Durban.

- Kassier S; Senekal M; Ross F; Maunder E (2002). Clinic-Based Nursing Staff as an Influence on the Feeding Practices of Zulu Mothers with 0-6 Month Old Infants Attending    Baby Clinics in Central Durban KwaZulu-Natal: An Exploratory Study. SAJCN 15(3):S17. Potchefstroom. 7th Biennial Congress of ADSA.

- Kassier S; Senekal M; Ross F; Maunder E (2001): Complementary Feeding Practices: A Programme Planning Model for the Planning of Appropriate and Effective Nutrition Education Strategies. SAJCN 14(3):118. 8th Biennial Congress of SASPEN, Stellenbosch. 

- Kassier S (1990):  Effect of a Texturised Plant Protein on the Post-prandial Blood Glucose Response in Healthy Individuals:  A pilot study. 13th Biennial congress of the Nutrition Society and ADSA, Cape Town-Poster Presentation.

 

Books

Kassier, S. M. (2002).  Don’t Do It All To Get It All.  Cape Town: Spearhead.

 

                                     

 

Research Reports

Kassier, S; Maunder, E; Senekal, M; Doherty, T; Monticelli, F (2003).  Infant feeding practices in KwaZulu-Natal – An exploratory study of current infant feeding practices of mothers with 0-6 month old infants attending PMTCT and non-PMTCT clinics in Central Durban. www.hst.org.za/publications/578.


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