EDUCATION Doctor of Philosophy, Nutritional Biology University of California, Davis; Davis, California; 2009 Minor Areas: Epidemiology and Statistics, International and Community Nutrition Dissertation: âÂ€ÂœFood Behaviors and Physical Activity in Spanish-speaking Women in CaliforniaâÂ€Â Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Townsend
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Psychology University of California, Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, California; 2005 Minor Area: Health/Exercise Science
Registered Dietitian Dietetic Internship at New York; 2009-2010
QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY Â· Local study coordinator for Spanish-language community nutrition education intervention to prevent childhood obesity; performed verbal Spanish translation of lessons, liaised with study personnel, reported study progress.
Â· Field researcher in Latino population; conducted dissertation research on design and validation of Spanish-language food behavior and physical activity evaluation questionnaires; supervised collection of dietary intake data from low-income Spanish speakers in the form of 24-hour recalls and surveys.
Â· Assistant moderatorfor focus groups on infant feeding practices in Latino population at WIC clinics; recorded observations from Spanish-language groups.
Â· Proficient in use of nutrition analysis software; performed analysis of dietary intake data on Hispanic population in California using Food Processor software.
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE Research Scientist: Instituto de InvestigaciÃ³n Nutritional, Lima, PerÃº. March 2011 to present. Collaborate with Institute researchers to prepare proposal for community nutrition study in adolescents. Composed proposal for a community nutrition project to improve nutritional status of vulnerable groups in periurban area. Translated documents in Spanish/English.
Graduate Student Researcher:Nutrition education in Latino population,UC Davis. September 2004 to December 2008. Designed and validated nutrition and physical activity surveys in low-income, Spanish-speaking community. Prepared proposals for submission to funding agencies.Created study outlines, timelines, and budgets.
Local Study Coordinator:Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, Kids N’ Fitness Research Study. August 2006 to June 2007. Recruited families from elementary schools. Consented subjects. Supervised education intervention in Spanish.
Research Assistant: Psychophysiology Lab, UC Santa Barbara. September 2003 to June 2004. Prepared subjects for experimental study. Conducted experiments. Performed data entry. TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Faculty: Nutrition, South University. June 2010 to present. Guide students in mastering concepts of basic nutrition in online course. Participate in daily discussions with students and address questions. Review student work and assign grades.
Faculty:Nutrition Basics,University of Phoenix, Axia College. September 2009 to present. Guide students in mastering concepts of basic nutrition in online course. Participate in daily discussions with students and address questions. Review student work and assign grades.
Adjunct Faculty:Nutrition Basics, Los Rios Community College District.January to August 2008. Delivered lectures in undergraduate course. Designed and structured course syllabus and curriculum. Assigned grades.
Instructor:Proseminar in Nutrition (Topic: Nutrition and Disease), UC Davis. January 2008 to March 2008.Led course with senior-standing undergraduates. Designed and structured course. Assigned grades.
Teaching Assistant: UC Davis. March 2005 to March 2008. Led weekly discussion sections. Held office hours. Created exam questions. Delivered guest lectures. Courses included:Food Service Systems Management (January to March 2008) Evolution and Animal Diversity (September 2007 to December 2007) Genes and Gene Expression (August 2007 to September 2007) Food Service Management Principles of Production (March 2007 to June 2007) Cognitive Neuroscience (January 2007 to March 2007) Human Learning and Memory (September 2006 to December 2006) Developmental Psychobiology (July 2006 to September 2006) Nutrition Basics (July 2005 to September 2005) Nutritional Assessment (March 2005 to June 2005)
Instructor:Proseminar in Nutrition (Topic: Nutrition Education), UC Davis. September 2007 to December 2007.Led course with senior-standing undergraduates. Designed and structured course. Assigned grades.
Co-coordinator: Healthy Eating and Living Intern Group, UC Santa Barbara. September 2003 to June 2004. Led weekly meetings. Presented nutrition information to students and community. Planned nutrition education events.
OTHER EXPERIENCE Writer: Demand Media Studios. January 2011 to present. Contribute articles on various nutrition-related topics to Livestrong.com Nutrition.
Dietetic Intern: Department of Food and Nutrition, community and foodservice areas. Documented patient progress and diet recommendations in computer system. Served as a Spanish-language translator for the dietitian.
Project Assistant: California Center for Physical Activity, California Department of Public Health. June to December 2008. Worked with program staff to collect further public health and active living resources. Contributed written content for extensive toolkit product. Collaborate with internal and external partners working on public health and the built environment.
Community Health Representative: Western Human Nutrition Research Center, Metabolic Kitchen, UC Davis. August 2007 to March 2008. Prepared meals for experimental subjects. Portioned and weighed food according to protocol. Assisted in preparation of food composite for analysis.
Kids in the Garden Intern:Ecological Garden at the UC Davis Student Farm. January 2008 to March 2008. Gained biological and ecological understanding and teaching skills necessary to instruct children in a garden setting. Delivered guest lecture.
ACADEMIC AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Â· Reviewer, American Journal of Public Health, July 2009-present.
Â· Contributor, JO Magazine, May 2010. Composed article âÂ€ÂœEat and RunâÂ€Â on appeal of fast food among university students in Amman, Jordan.
Â· Volunteer, Centro de Aprendizaje Manantial de Vida, San Francisco de MarcorÃs, Dominican Republic, July 2009. Presented lecture âÂ€ÂœNutriciÃ³n para niÃ±osâÂ€Â to elementary school children. Held nutrition workshop for adults in the community.
Â· Volunteer, Upper Manhattan Health Fair, Community Association of Progressive Dominicans (ACDP), June 2009. Provided nutrition information to community in English and Spanish.
Â· Assistant to Senior Dietitian, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, May 2009. Compiled Spanish-language materials regarding food safety for transplant patients.
Â· Communications Officer for the Division of International Nutrition Education (DINE), Society for Nutrition Education, 2008-2009. Designed division newsletters. Corresponded with division members regarding pertinent activities.
Â· Graduate Group in Nutritional BiologyAssistant to Staff Advisor, UC Davis. January to June 2009. Responded to prospective student inquiries. Corresponded with staff advisor regarding prospective student issues.
Â· Nutritional Biology Graduate Student Advisory Committee, UC Davis. January to December 2008. Provided feedback to graduate group chair regarding graduate student issues.
Â· Graduate Student Association Representative, UC Davis. September 2004 to June 2008.
Â· Graduate Student Community Service Committee, UC Davis. Jan to September 2006.
Â· Spanish-language focus groups, WIC clinics. January 2006 to March 2006.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Â· Candidate, Fulbright Scholar Program, January 2010. Â· September 2009.
Â· American Dietetic Association Foundation’s 2008 June 2008. Â· Travel Award, Graduate Student Association, UC Davis, June 2008. Â· Emerging Investigator Award, Community and Public Health Nutrition Research Interest Section, American Society for Nutrition, Experimental Biology, April 2008. Â· Phi Sigma Honor Society, Gamma Delta Chapter, UC Davis, February 2008. Â· Candidate for Chair, American Dietetic Association Student Council Advisory Committee, February 2008. Â· Scholarship for January 2008. Â· Advantage Fellow, UC Davis Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), September 2007 to June 2008. Â· Travel Award, Consortium for Women and Research, UC Davis, December 2007. Â· Scholarship for the Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute conference on teaching and mentoring, hosted by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), October 2007. Â· Scholarship for Summer Institute on Migration and Health, Puebla, Mexico, July 2007. Â· Phi Beta Kappa, UC Santa Barbara, inducted June 2004. Â· Exceptional Academic Performance Award, Psychology Department, UC Santa Barbara, June 2004. Â· Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Leadership and Service, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, UC Santa Barbara, June 2004. Â· Golden Key International Honor Society, UC Santa Barbara, inducted 2004. Â· National Society of Collegiate Scholars, UC Santa Barbara, 2001-2004. Â· Dean’s Honors, UC Santa Barbara, 2001-2003. GPA 3.94/ 4.00.
REFEREED PUBLICATIONS Banna JC, Vera Becerra LE, Kaiser LL, Townsend MS.Â 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.
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.
Banna JC, Keim NL, Townsend MS. Assessing face validity of a physical activity questionnaire for Spanish-speaking women in California. Journal of Extension. In press.
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. In press.
Rosenhall J, Banna JC, Cirill L, Alberson B.Improving California’s Health One Step at a Time: Increasing Land Use and Transportation Capacity in Local Public Health Departments. Manuscript in preparation.
REFEREED PRESENTATIONS Banna JC, Kaiser LL, Vera LE, Townsend MS. Validation of a Food Behavior Checklist for Spanish Speakers. Oral Presentation at the 2008 Society for Nutrition Education Annual Conference- Celebrating Food, Family, and Cultures.
Banna JC, Vera LE, Townsend MS. Assessing face validity of a physical activity questionnaire for Spanish Speakers in California. Poster Presentation at the 2008 International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Conference.
Banna JC, Kaiser LL, Townsend MS. Physical Activity, Television Watching and Acculturation in Hispanic women: Findings from the 2005 California Women’s Health Survey. Poster Presentation at the 2008 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.
Banna JC, Kaiser LL, Townsend MS. The Association Between Acculturation and Obesity in Hispanic Women: Findings from the 2005 California Women’s Health Survey. Oral Presentation at the 2008 Experimental Biology Conference.
Banna JC, Kaiser LL, Townsend MS. Acculturation and physical activity levels and barriers in Hispanic women: Findings from the 2005 California Women’s Health Survey. Poster Presentation at the 2008 Active Living Research Annual Conference.
RESEARCH FUNDING RECEIVED Â· Co-author, Research Grant from the Public Health Institute in the amount of $96,000, UC Davis, November 2007 (Principle Investigator: Dr. Marilyn Townsend). Â· Jastro Shields Research Scholarship, UC Davis, August 2006. Â· Block Grant Funding, UC Davis, August 2006. Â· Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Fellowship, UC Davis, September 2004.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Salud America! The National LatinoÂ Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Network American Dietetic Association Society for Nutrition Education Sigma Delta Epsilon: Graduate Women in Science American Society for Nutrition (International Nutrition Council) National Health & Exercise Science Association International Association for the Study of Obesity
FOREIGN LANGUAGES Spanish: fluent. Instituto Intercultural del Caribe, Dominican Republic, July 2009 Italian: conversational Arabic: beginning. University of Jordan, February to April 2010 French: beginning. Alianza Francesa, Peru, September 2011 to present
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