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Jinan Banna
Title Assistant Professor
Faculty Rank I3
Degree PhD, RD
Institution University of Hawaii
Department Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences
Clusters Obesity and Metabolic Syndromes
1955 East West Road
Agricultural Sciences 216
City Honolulu
State HI
Postal Code 96822
Telephone (808) 956-7857
Fax (808) 956-4024
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2015 University of Hawaii Nominee for Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in CTAHR
2017 University of Hawaii Nominee for Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in CTAHR

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  Dr. Banna's research interest is in improving dietary intake of underserved children and adolescents domestically and internationally and developing tools to assess food behaviors and dietary intake, particularly in Spanish-speaking populations. Her doctoral work at the University of California, Davis involved the development of two tools, a food behavior checklist and physical activity questionnaire, to be used in the low-income Spanish-speaking community in the U.S. to evaluate nutrition education interventions. She also worked as a research scientist at the Instituto de Investigación Nutricional in Lima, Peru, where she supervised a research study focused on assessing the dietary habits of adolescents in a periurban community. Dr. Banna is currently the principal investigator on a USDA-funded study focused on assessment of dietary intake and food waste using a mobile device food record in a multiethnic population of adolescents in Hawaii. She is also a member of a multi-state project focused on motivating parents to promote intake of calcium rich foods among early adolescents.

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1. Mosley MA, Banna JC, Lim E, Fialkowski MK, Novotny R. Dietary patterns change over two years in early adolescent girls in Hawai'i. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2018; 27(1):238-245.
2. Butel JA, Banna JC, Novotny R, Franck KL, Parker SP, Stephenson L. Validation of a Collaboration Readiness Assessment Tool for Use by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) Agencies and Partners. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017 Dec 12.
3. Banna JC, McCrory MA, Fialkowski MK, Boushey C. Examining Plausibility of Self-Reported Energy Intake Data: Considerations for Method Selection. Front Nutr. 2017; 4:45.
4. Banna J, Campos M, Gibby C, Graulau RE, Meléndez 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. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Nov; 62:56-60.
5. Byker Shanks C, Banna J, Serrano EL. Food Waste in the National School Lunch Program 1978-2015: A Systematic Review. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 Nov; 117(11):1792-1807.
6. 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. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017 Jul - Aug; 49(7):593-598.e1.
7. Banna J, Richards R, Brown LB. College Students' Perceived Differences Between the Terms Real Meal, Meal, and Snack. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017 03; 49(3):228-235.e1.
8. Banna JC, Gilliland B, Keefe M, Zheng D. Cross-cultural comparison of perspectives on healthy eating among Chinese and American undergraduate students. BMC Public Health. 2016 09 26; 16(1):1015.
9. Banna JC, Reicks M, Gunther C, Richards R, Bruhn C, Cluskey M, Wong SS, Misner S, Hongu N, Johnston NP. Evaluation of emotion-based messages designed to motivate Hispanic and Asian parents of early adolescents to engage in calcium-rich food and beverage parenting practices. Nutr Res Pract. 2016 Aug; 10(4):456-63.
10. Mosley M, Delormier T, Banna J. Food-related Beliefs of Adolescent Girls Ages 9-13 and Their Mothers on O'ahu, Hawai'i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2016 04; 75(4):101-8.
11. 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. BMC Public Health. 2016 Jan 15; 16:40.
12. Reicks M, Banna J, Cluskey M, Gunther C, Hongu N, Richards R, Topham G, Wong SS. Influence of Parenting Practices on Eating Behaviors of Early Adolescents during Independent Eating Occasions: Implications for Obesity Prevention. Nutrients. 2015 Oct 22; 7(10):8783-801.
13. Banna JC, Buchthal OV, Tauyan S. Assessing Face Validity of a Food Behavior Checklist for Limited-resource Filipinos. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2015 Oct; 74(10):334-40.
14. Banna J, Grace Lin MF, Stewart M, Fialkowski MK. Interaction matters: Strategies to promote engaged learning in an online introductory nutrition course. J Online Learn Teach. 2015 Jun; 11(2):249-261.
15. Galloway JC, Nigg CR, Liu M, Banna JC. Predictors of Change in Physical Activity and Fruit and Vegetable Intake in a Multiethnic Population in Hawaii at 6 and 12 Months Follow-up. Int J Appl Psychol. 2015; 5(2):45-53.
16. 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 Jul; 115(7):1124-33.
17. Banna JC, Kaiser LL, Drake C, Townsend MS. Acculturation, physical activity and television viewing in Hispanic women: findings from the 2005 California Women's Health Survey. Public Health Nutr. 2012 Feb; 15(2):198-207.
18. Banna JC, Townsend MS. Assessing factorial and convergent validity and reliability of a food behaviour checklist for Spanish-speaking participants in US Department of Agriculture nutrition education programmes. Public Health Nutr. 2011 Jul; 14(7):1165-76.
19. 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 Jan; 110(1):80-90.

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1. Panizza CE, Boushey CJ, Delp EJ, Kerr DA, Lim E, Gandhi K, Banna JC. Characterizing Early Adolescent Plate Waste Using the Mobile Food Record. Nutrients. 2017; 9(2):93.
2. Martinez Y, Banna JC, Bellajos M, Bruhn C, Cluskey M, Gunther C, Hongu N, Johnston P, Misner S, Reicks M, Richards R, Wong SS. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. Evaluation of messages to promote intake of calcium-rich foods in early adolescents. 2016; 9(2):110-120.
3. Banna JC, Buchthal OV, Tauyan S. Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health. Assessing face validity of a food behavior checklist for limited-resource Filipinos. 2015; 10(74):334-340.
4. Reicks M, Banna JC, Cluskey M, Gunther C, Hongu N, Richards R, Topham G, Wong SS. Nutrients. Influence of parenting practices on eating behaviors of early adolescents during independent eating occasions: implications for obesity prevention. 2015; 10(7):8783-8801.
5. Banna JC, Lin MF, Stewart MS, Fialkowski MK. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. Interaction matters: strategies to promote engaged learning in an online introductory nutrition course. 2015; 2(11):249-261.

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