Dr. Jinan Banna is an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii. She is a registered dietitian, and completed her dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Her research interest is in obesity prevention and developing tools to assess dietary intake, particularly in Spanish-speaking populations. In addition, her work focuses on aspects of sustainable food systems, such as food waste reduction. Dr. Banna teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels such as Community Nutrition, Concepts in Nutrition Education, and Advanced Child and Adolescent Nutrition. She recently completed an assignment as a Fulbright Specialist at the Universidad VERITAS in Costa Rica.
The interplay of cultures, food, eating and drinking: the case of Berlin (FUBiS Term II 2019)
Associate Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii. 70% teaching, 30% research in human nutrition
Fulbright Specialist grant, Funding to provide training in instruction to faculty at Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii. 70% teaching, 30% research in human nutrition.
Nutrition Coordinator, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Bronx, New York.
Research Scientist, Instituto de Investigación Nutricional, Lima, Peru.
Dietetic Intern, Department of Food and Nutrition, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York.
PhD, University of California, Davis
Major: Nutritional Biology, Minors: Epidemiology and Statistics, International and Community Nutrition
Dissertation: “Food Behaviors and Physical Activity in Spanish-speaking Women in California” Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Townsend
Instructor, Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis, Davis, California.
Project Assistant, California Center for Physical Activity, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, California.
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara (magna cum laude)
Major: Psychology, Minor: Health/Exercise Science
Selected courses taught in human nutrition at the University of Hawaii
2018 Banna JC, O’Driscoll J, Boushey CJ, Auld G, Olson B, Cluskey M, Edlefsen Ballejos M, Bruhn C, Misner S, Reicks M, Wong SS, Zaghloul S. Parent and household influences on calcium intake among early adolescents. BMC Public Health. [In press]
2018 Gibby C, Palacios C, Lim E, Banna JC. Associations between gestational weight gain and rate of infancy weight gain in Hawaii and Puerto Rico WIC participants. BMC Obesity. [In press]
2018 Banna JC, Bersamin A. Community involvement in design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions to reduce chronic diseases in indigenous populations in the US: a systematic review. International Journal for Equity in Health. [In press]
2018 Palacios C, Campos M, Gibby C, Melendez M, Lee J, Banna J. Effect of a multi-site trial using short message service (SMS) on infant feeding practices and weight gain in low-income minorities. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. [In press]
2017 Butel J, Banna JC, Novotny R, Franck K, Parker S, and Stephenson L. Validation of a collaboration readiness assessment tool for use by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) agencies and partners. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2017;PubMed PMID: 29246568.
2017 Banna JC, Campos M, Gibby C, Graulau R, Melendez M, Reyes A, Lee JE, Palacios C. Multi-site trial using short mobile messages (SMS) to improve infant weight in low-income minorities: Development, implementation, lessons learned and future applications. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2017;62:56-60.
2017 Byker CJ, Banna JC, Serrano EL. Food waste in the National School Lunch Program: 1978-2015. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2017;117(11):1792-1807.
2017 Banna JC, McCrory M, Fialkowski MK, Boushey CJ. Examining plausibility of self-report energy intake data: considerations for method selection. Frontiers in Nutrition. 2017;4:45.
2017 Suzuki A, Choi SY, Lim E, Tauyan S, Banna JC. Evaluation of factorial validity and reliability of a food behavior checklist for low-income Filipinos. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2017;49:593-598.
2017 Panizza C, Boushey CJ, Delp E, Kerr D, Lim E,Gandhi K, Banna JC.Characterizing early adolescent food waste using the mobile food record. Nutrients. 2017;9(2): 93.
2016 Banna JC, Buchthal OV, Delormier T, Creed-Kanashiro HM, Penny ME. Influences on Eating: A Qualitative Study of Adolescents in a Periurban Area in Lima, Peru. BioMed Central Public Health. 2016;16(1):40.
2014 Banna JC, Fialkowski MK, Townsend MS. Misreporting of dietary intake affects estimated nutrient intakes in low-income Spanish-speaking women. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015;115(7):1124-1133.
2011 Banna JC, Townsend MS. Assessing factorial and convergent validity and reliability of a food behaviour checklist for Spanish-speaking participants in U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition education programmes. Public Health Nutr. 2011;14(7):1165-1176.
2010 Banna JC, Vera Becerra LE, Kaiser LL, Townsend MS. Using qualitative methods to improve questionnaires for Spanish speakers: Assessing face validity of a food behavior checklist. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110:80-90.