Donna Winham

  • Assistant Professor
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • 38 Mackay Hall
  • Iowa State University
  • Ames, IA 50011
  • Phone 515-294-5040
  • Email
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DrPH, Community Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health, 2000
MA, Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1987
BS, Biology, Keene State College, 1983

Awards/Special Recognition

  • Member, International Year of Pulses Food Security, and Nutrition and Innovation Committee – 2015-2016.

Teaching Responsibilities
GLOBE 211. Issues in Global Resource Systems: Food and Culture
NUTRS 567X. Global Nutrition

Global Engagement
Winham’s research focuses on ways to develop or to preserve positive dietary habits, especially bean consumption, with the goals of improved health, food security, and child growth. Recent studies include, beliefs and attitudes about bean consumption among low income women; the effect of bean-and-rice meals on postprandial glucose; predictors of SNAP benefit usage by low income Latinas; and use of theatre activities to engage minority youth with cultural culinary traditions. She is currently investigating the nutrition composition of tepary beans – noted for their ability to grow in hot and arid marginal areas. In association with USAID projects, she has identified predictors of stunting recovery in Egyptian children, served as a technical advisor for a bean nutrition intervention for Tanzanian children with HIV, and presented an anthropometric assessment workshop for Iraqi physicians. Dr. Winham also co-leads a study abroad trip to Dharwad, India.