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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.

  • Nutritional Sciences - NUTR
  • Graduate Program
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  • PhD in Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • MHS in Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Currently Accepting Graduate Students
Office Address
108C Chandlee Lab
University Park, PA 16802
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Research Interests
  • Food insecurity
  • Feeding behaviors
  • Mental health
  • Sleep and restless legs syndrome (RLS)
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 in both domestic and international populations.

Grants and Research Projects

Food insecurity and mental health:

  • Diet and stress responses in low-income rural adults under the dynamics of food insecurity. NIH-Penn State CTSI. 2018-2021 (Status: ongoing; Role: PI)
  • Food insecurity and mental wellbeing. FAO Voices of the Hungry Project. 2016-2021. (Status: ongoing; Role: PI)

Dietary and feeding behaviors:

  • Strategic layering to improve household gender dynamics for optimal nutrition in Niger. USAID & CRS, Niger. 2021 – 2023 (Status: pending; Role: mPI)
  • Assessment of an egg campaign and feeding behaviors in young children in Mozambique. GAIN. 2020 (Status: terminated due to COVID-19; Role: Co-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. 2019 – 2020 (Status: completed; Role: PI)

Nutritional risk factors and consequences of RLS:

  • RLS in pregnancy and fetal growth outcomes. Data Use Agreement with NICHD. 2020 – 2022 (Status: ongoing; Role: PI)
  • Prepregnancy risk factors of incident RLS during pregnancy. Data Use Agreement with NICHD. 2019 – 2020 (Status: completed; Role: Co-PI)
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