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Muzi Na
Muzi Na
Assistant Professor
Broadhurst Career Development Professor for the Study of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Summary Statement

Dr. Muzi Na’s research program explores food insecurity, nutrition, sleep and mental health connections that weave together multiple psychosocial and behavioral factors.

Department
  • Nutritional Sciences - NUTR
  • Graduate Program
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Education
  • PhD in Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014
  • MHS in Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014
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Currently Accepting Graduate Students
Phone
Office Address
108C Chandlee Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Fax
814-863-6103
Professional Credentials

PhD, MHS

Interests
  • Food insecurity
  • Feeding behaviors
  • Mental health
  • Sleep
Professional Experience

Dr. Muzi Na is a nutritional epidemiologist and her primary research interest is to understand the mechanisms leading to health disparities in disadvantaged populations, particularly with interests in modifiable factors such as food insecurity, dietary behavior, psychosocial exposures, and their complex relationship to mental and sleep health. After completion of her doctorate, Dr. Na has focused on food insecurity assessment and its behavioral and nutritional consequences in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, Dr. Na primarily examines food insecurity, diet, psychosocial factors and their link to behavioral, mental health and sleep outcomes in both domestic and international populations.

Grants and Research Projects
  • Food insecurity, social support and mental wellbeing in Sub-Saharan Africa. FAO Voices of the Hungry Project. 06/2016-12/2019. (Role: PI)
  • Diet and stress responses in low-income rural adults under the dynamics of food insecurity. The Pennsylvania State University. 09/2018-06/2020 (Role: PI)
  • Regional landscape analysis of trends and predictors of young children’s diets in selected countries in UNICEF’s West and Central Africa Region. UNICEF. 07/2019-02/2020 (Role: PI)
  • Partnership to Evaluate Wellbeing and Food Resources of Young Adults. West Virginia University. 07/2019-07/2021 (Role: Co-I)
Publications
Additional Information

Courses Taught

  • NUTR 251 - Introductory Principles of Nutrition
  • NUTR 583 – Nutritional Epidemiology