Salma Gudaf is a Research Assistant at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Health who has been working with Dr. Caitlin Caspi, the Director of Food Security Initiatives, throughout her undergraduate career. As a junior, she collected data related to the utilization of the Summer Food Service Program in the state of Connecticut along with fellow student interns. In addition, she became integrated into a team of individuals from the University of Minnesota working on a naturalistic study that evaluates minimum wage policy and health outcomes.
After graduating from UConn with a B.S. in Allied Health Sciences in 2022, Salma continued working under the guidance of Dr. Caspi to observe COVID-19 relief measure usage & changes in food insecurity among households with children. She led both the outreach and conduction of qualitative interviews, managed transcription, and is working towards highlighting emerging themes from coded responses. Her interests include community-based research, advocacy for marginalized communities, public health, and maternal & child nutrition. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, dancing, and learning languages.