Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Joanne Kouba, PhD, RD, LDN

Title/s: Associate Professor
Director, Dietetics Education Programs

Office #: CTRE 346, HSD

Phone: 708.216.4132


Research Interests

Chronic disease prevention through optimal dietary patterns and obesity prevention, particularly in children and adolescents, community food access.

Current Funding:

Westlake Health Foundation for the Nutrition Revolution at Proviso East High School, Maywood, IL

Previous Funding:

  • Westlake Health Foundation to provide nutrition services through the Loyola school-based health center at Proviso East High School, Maywood, IL.

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the Cool Foods:  Evaluation of Salad Bars in Two Chicago Public Schools.

  • Kellogg Foundation, Chicago Food Systems Collaboration, community food access evaluation.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate 5-A-Day for Better Health program related to fruit and vegetable intake in WIC participants.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP): Infrastructure for Translating.
Obesity Research into Practice and Policy for Youth and Young Adults with Physical and Cognitive Disabilities"; USDE/NIHRR; Grant #H133A10011; Expert Work Group for Nutrition, member.


Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition;  journal article reviewer


Topics in Clinical Nutrition; journal article reviewer


Commission on Dietetic Registration, Appeals Panel, member



Selected Publications

Kouba, J. Health measures and diet in Mexican American adolescents in Chicago:  An exploration of relationships.  Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition. 2012; 4(1):44-53.

Penckofer, S., Kouba, J., Byrn, M. Vitamin D and Depression:  Where is all the Sunshine? Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2010; 31:385-393.

Kouba, J., Chiocca, E.M. Assessment of Nutritional Status in Advanced Pediatric Assessment; Chiocca, E.M., 2009. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, PA.

Penckofer, S., Kouba, J., Wallis, D.E., Emanuele, M.A.  Vitamin D and Diabetes:  Let the sun shine in. The Diabetes Educator. 2008; 34(6): 939-954.

Block, D., Kouba, J. A comparison of the availability and affordability of a market basket in two communities in the Chicago area. J Public Health Nutr. 2006; 9(7):837-845.