Associate Professor

Applied Health Sciences

Joanne Kouba

  • Education
    • Michigan State University, Bachelors           
    • New York University, Masters             
    • University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D.               

    What prompted you to pursue your field?

    I wanted a profession that served humanity and promoted health. After considering various health care careers, I selected dietetics because food and nutrition are integral to our lives on many levels encompassing normal growth, wellness, culture, economics and policy.

    What's it like to teach at Parkinson?

    Being a faculty member in the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health is rewarding. By providing opportunities for students to develop to professional practice as registered dietitians through classroom and experiential learning, I feel that I am contributing to their individual development, growth of our profession and population health.

    What does your department's focus mean to you?

    The profession of dietetics embraces the complex relationship between food and health. This offers many opportunities for registered dietitians to contribute to individuals, families, communities and society. Health has several dimensions including physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual. Food and nutrition can be part of these various health dimensions and provide ways for us to be involved.

    Why is this area of study important at this point in time?

    Dietetic practice translates science into solutions for health with a food and nutrition focus. With both junk food and junk science readily available, it is important for consumers to have evidence-based information to guide their lifestyle behaviors and health decisions. Dietitians can do this at the individual, organizational and policy levels.

    What would you tell a student about why your field is exciting/important/the potential impact s/he could make?

    This is a field that is constantly expanding and changing with new information and non-traditional career opportunities.

    What "called" you to/attracted you to Loyola?

    The alignment of the Loyola mission of social justice and health equity with the optimizing human potential through optimal nutrition.


    • Vitamin D Supplementation Improves Mood in Women with Type 2 Diabetes Penckofer,S.; Byrn,M.; Adams,W.; Emanuele,M. A.; Mumby,P.; Kouba,J.; Wallis,D. E. Journal of diabetes research 2017 ;2017:8232863
    • Does knowledge of coronary artery calcium affect cardiovascular risk perception, likelihood of taking action, and health-promoting behavior change? Johnson,J. E.; Gulanick,M.; Penckofer,S.; Kouba,J. The Journal of cardiovascular nursing 2015 ;30(1):15-25
    • A university--school collaboration to enhance healthy choices among children. Suarez-Balcazar, Y; Kouba, J; Jones, LM; Lukyanova, VV Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community 2014 ;42(2)
    • Pediatric obesity and asthma quality of life Velsor-Friedrich,B.; Militello,L. K.; Kouba,J.; Harrison,P. R.; Manion,A.; Doumit,R. The Nursing clinics of North America 2013 ;48(2):259-270
    • Efficacy of the I Can Control Asthma and Nutrition Now (ICAN) Pilot Program on Health Outcomes in High School Students With Asthma Kouba,J.; Velsor-Friedrich,B.; Militello,L.; Harrison,P. R.; Becklenberg,A.; White,B.; Surya,S.; Ahmed,A. The Journal of school nursing : the official publication of the National Association of School Nurses 2013 ;29(3):235-247
    • Vitamin D and depression: where is all the sunshine?. Penckofer,S.; Kouba,J.; Byrn,M.; Estwing Ferrans,C. Issues in Mental Health Nursing 2010 ;31(6):385-393
    • Vitamin D and diabetes: let the sunshine in Penckofer,S.; Kouba,J.; Wallis,D. E.; Emanuele,M. A. The Diabetes educator 2008 ;34(6):939-40, 942, 944 passim
    • Nutrition update. Vitamin D and diabetes: let the sunshine in Penckofer,S.; Kouba,J.; Wallis,D. E.; Emanuele,M. A. Diabetes Educator 2008 ;34(6):939-40, 942, 944 passim (58 ref)
    • Introducing systems change in the schools: the case of school luncheons and vending machines. Suarez-Balcazar,Y.; Redmond,L.; Kouba,J.; Hellwig,M.; Davis,R.; Martinez,L. I.; Jones,L. American Journal of Community Psychology 2007 ;39(3-4):335-345
    • Cool Foods: Evaluation of Salad Bars and Nutrition Education in Two Chicago Public Schools Kouba,J.; Suarez-Balcazar,Y. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2006 ;106(8, Supplement 1):A9-A9
    • A comparison of the availability and affordability of a market basket in two communities in the Chicago area. Block,D.; Kouba,J. Public health nutrition 2006 ;9(7):837-845