Faculty

Reza Hakkak

Chair, Reza Hakkak, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, and College of Public Health.  He is Chairman of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition.  His current research interests are influence of diet and nutrition on cancer prevention, obesity and breast cancer links, nutrition education, and interactions of food and drug metabolism.


Courtney Fose

Courtney Fose, M.S., RDN, LD, CNSC, is an Instructor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition and Program Director of the Dietetic Internship. Her clinical interests include nutrition support in the adult patient and diagnosing malnutrition using nutrition focused physical exams.


Katie Inebnit

Katie Inebnit, M.S., RD, LD, CNSC, is an Instructor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition and is Co-Director of the Dietetic Internship. Her research and clinical interests include nutrition support for Veterans in pre and post-surgery settings as well as educating dietetic interns in clinical and administrative practices.


Lisa Jansen

Lisa T. Jansen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. Her research interest focuses on obesity and disease prevention with an emphasis on the influence of diet and exercise on glycemic adaptation as a proxy measure to metabolic function. Dr. Jansen’s special motivation lies in elucidating dietary factors explanatory to the heterogeneous disease progression profiles exhibited across minority populations with focus on the pancreatic-hepatic-renal axis.


Wei Li

Wei Li, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. His research interests include immunomodulatory role of nutrition and the effect of nutritional imbalances on etiology of diseases through inflammation.


Tina Maddox

Tina Maddox, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition.  Her research and clinical interests include pediatric nutrition with an emphasis on the influences of diet and physical activity in the development of childhood obesity, body composition in childhood and its relationship to later obesity, and children with special health care needs.


Josh Phelps

Josh Phelps, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. His research interests include factors influencing food choices, eating habits, food availability, food access, and physical activity; policy impact/policy effectiveness; history of reductionist approaches to nutrition health/well-being; population-based versus individual-based approaches to addressing nutrition health and nutrition health-related issues; modes/approaches of community-based nutrition education.


Lesley Jones

Lesley Jones, MS, RD is an Instructor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition.  Mrs. Jones’ clinical interests include educating future dietetics professionals as well as the promotion of nutrition education in our elementary classrooms.


Stephany Parker

Stephany Parker, Ph.D. is adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Dietetic and Nutrition and she is a nutritional anthropologist who has been engaged in health equity research for over 20 years.  She has worked with interdisciplinary teams to develop award winning programming such as the Eagle Adventure and Diabetes is not Our Destiny SNAP-Ed programming in Oklahoma.  Dr. Parker has also provided technical assistance to Tribal Nations and workgroups across the country in relation to nutrition and health outcomes, theory-based programming, policy, systems and environmental change.


Behjatolah Karbassi

Behjatolah M. Karbassi, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Dietetics and Nutrition.  He is a molecular biologist with extensive experience in tumor biology and tumor immunology. His research interests include; role of carbohydrate in tumor metastasis, relationships between energy imbalance and cancer progression and cancer prognosis, cancer vaccine and immunotherapy.


Additional/Adjunct Faculty

Instructors: Anita Bercher, M.S., RD; Stacey Finch, M.A., RD, LD; Pippa A. Kaczkowski, B.S., RD; Kristina Smith, M.S., RD, LD