The Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses Spring 2018 Seminar Series presents:
Lamis Jomaa, American University of Beirut: “Exploring the food and nutrition security of Syrian refugees and host communities during a protracted crisis: The case of Lebanon.”
Dr. Jomaa is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences within the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. She joined AUB in Fall 2013, and prior to that, she served as an assistant professor at the University of Balamand and the Lebanese University and completed a short science and policy technology fellowship at the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, DC. As a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Jomaa earned her Master’s and doctoral degrees in Nutritional Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University (USA) with a specialization in community nutrition and completed her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from AUB graduating with high distinction.
In addition to her academic role, Dr. Jomaa currently serves as the co-director of the Refugee Health Program as part of the Global Health Institute at AUB and she is a member of the Food Security Program at her faculty. Dr. Jomaa’s current research interests include the assessment of food and nutrition security of vulnerable population groups, including women and children from refugee and impoverished host communities; exploring the dietary intake and nutritional status of youth and young adults; as well as designing and evaluating the effectiveness of community-based nutrition interventions to help alleviate the risk of food insecurity, obesity, and malnutrition. Additional research projects include the development and validation of a novel unit of measure to evaluate food quality and caloric content.