Dr. Jomaa is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences within the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. As a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Jomaa earned her Master’s and doctoral degrees in Nutritional Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University (USA) with a specialization in community nutrition. After earning her Ph.D., she completed a science and policy technology fellowship at the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, DC and then served as an assistant professor at the University of Balamand and the Lebanese University in Lebanon prior to joining AUB. Dr. Jomaa currently serves as the co-director of the Refugee Health Program as part of the Global Health Institute at AUB and she is a member of the Food Security Program at her institution. Dr. Jomaa’s current research interests include the assessment of food and nutrition security of vulnerable population groups, including women and children from refugee and impoverished host communities; exploring the dietary intake and nutritional status of youth and young adults; as well as designing and evaluating the effectiveness of community-based nutrition interventions to help alleviate the risk of food insecurity, obesity, and malnutrition. Additional research projects include the development and validation of qCaln, a standardized novel unit of measure, developed to account for the caloric content of food and their quality of nutrients in one simple-to-use measure.
Part of Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses Spring 2018 Seminar Series.