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Karen Kubena

Kubena , Karen
Karen Kubena
Professor, Director of Nutrition Honors Program
103 Cater-Mattil
Undergraduate Education
University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1967
B.S. in Food and Nutrition
Graduate Education
Veterans’ Administration Hospital and Texas Medical Center-Houston, 1968
Dietetic Internship
Mississippi State University, Starkville, 1976
M.S. in Nutrition
Texas A&M University, College Station, 1982
Ph.D. in Nutrition
2008 American Dietetic Association Excellence in Dietetic Education Award for Didactic Programs in Dietetics
2008 Texas Dietetic Association Dietetic Educator of the Year Award for Didactic Programs in Dietetics
2007 National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) Board on Agriculture Assembly – Chair, Academic Programs Section (APS/ACOP)
2004 Mississippi State University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Alumni Fellow Award
1999 Wakonse Fellow, Wakonse Conference on Innovative College Teaching, Shelby, Michigan
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 American Dietetic Association Recognition of Service Award
1992 Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award College Level
1990 Outstanding Women in Texas Government Certificate of Appreciation
1989, 1990 American Dietetic Association Outstanding Service Award
1988 American College of Nutrition Fellow (FACN)
1983 American Institute of Nutrition Travel Award, Western Hemisphere Nutrition Congress VII
Courses Taught
NUTR 405: Nutritional Treatment of Diseases (and Honors)
NUTR 301: Nutrition through the Lifecycle
NUTR 481: Seminar
NUTR 202: Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
NUTR 630: Nutrition in Disease

Research Interest

Childhood obesity, metabolic syndrome

Research Area

Current research involves investigation of the relationship between food choice, dietary behaviors, family, and other factors with the development of obesity and metabolic syndrome in children and adolescents. Dr. Kubena is a Registered Dietitian and is a member of the American Society for Nutrition, American College of Nutrition, and Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics.



  1. Kubena KS, McIntosh WA. Cholesterol-containing foods for health of children and adolescents:  Recommendations catching up with research.  In Handbook of Cholesterol: Biology, Function and Role in Health and Diseases. Chapter 15. Pp. 269-296.  Ed.  RR Watson and F. DeMeester.  2016 DOI: 10.3920/978-90-8686-821-6_15  http://www.wageningenacademic.com/doi/pdf/10.3920/978-90-8686-821-6_15
  1. Kubena, KS. Metabolic syndrome in adolescents:  Role of cholesterol sources, eggs and others.  In Handbook of Eggs in Human Function. Chapter 7.  Pp. 109-132Ed. RR Watson and F. De Meester.  Wageningen Academics. 2015  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-804-9-7        http://www.wageningenacademic.com/doi/pdf/10.3920/978-90-8686-804-9_7
  1. Kubena, K.S. Metabolic syndrome in adolescents:  issues and opportunities.  J Am Diet Assoc.  2011:111:1674-9.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2011.08.012  PubMed PMID: 22027049
  1. McIntosh, A., Kubena K.S., Tolle, G., Dean, W., Kim, M., Jan, J., Anding, J. Determinants of children’s use of and time spent in fast-food and full-service restaurants.  J Nutr Educ Behav  2011;42:1-8 DOI:10.1016/j.jneb.2010.04.002  PubMed PMID:21550531
  1. Johnson CM, Sharkey JR, Dean WR, McIntosh AW, Kubena KS. It’s who I am and what we eat.  Mothers’ food-related identities in family food choice.  Appetite 2011;57:220-228. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.04.025 PubMed PMID:21600253  PMCID: PMC3124597
  1. McIntosh WA, Kubena KS, Tolle G, Dean WR, Jan J, Anding J. Mothers and meals: the effects of mothers’ meal planning and shopping motivations on children’s participation in family meals.  Appetite 2010;55:623-628. DOI:10.1016/j.appet.2010.09.016 PubMed PMID:20870001