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Meena Mahadevan

Associate Professor, Nutrition and Food Studies

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Dr. Meena Mahadevan joined the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies in 2009. She obtained her doctoral degree in Nutritional Sciences, along with a Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification Statement from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Mahadevan led the development of the Applied Nutrition and Wellness concentration, as well as the BS-MS degree programs in the department. She teaches courses related to basic nutrition, lifecycle nutrition, and nutrition policy. Her research interests are focused on understanding the socioecological factors influencing the health behaviors of HIV-positive individuals. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals including AIDS Patience Care and STDs, Perspectives in Public Health, Journal of Health Behavior and Public Health, and Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, to name a few. She serves as an Associate Editor for Ecology of Food and Nutrition, an international, peer-reviewed journal that disseminates scientific evidence on the social and cultural aspects of food and nutrition behaviors.


Socioecological model
Qualitative research
Focus group facilitation