• Ph.D. Nutrition and Food Systems, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics, Marywood University
  • M.B.Ch.B. Medicine and General Surgery, University of Baghdad



  • Using Socio-Ecological Model to address health and nutrition needs of population
  • Community-based approaches to promote healthy dietary habits
  • Nutrition education intervention through farmer’s market
  • Acculturation and changes in eating habits of international students and immigrants in the U.S.
  • Breastfeeding’s policies and practices in the U.S.

Professional Service:

  • Professional member in national and state associations including Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Public Health Association, America Heart Association, and Comparative and International Education Society.
  • Editorial Board Member of several journals including Journal of Food Research and Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition, Diet and Human Health, and Journal of International Students.
  • Research presenter in international and regional conferences including FNCE 2019, APHA 2016, CIES 2018, Experimental Biology 2014, and Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health 2018.


Community Engagement:

  • Implement and direct North Dakota Nutrition, a community-based nutrition education program through the farmer’s market.
  • Provide nutrition consulting services and presentations for numerous organization and events including Alive & Well Podcast, Spirit Lake Diabetes Awareness Day, USDA Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.
  • Deliver medical care as a primary care physician to diverse underserved communities in the Middle East.