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Irana Hawkins

Contributing Faculty

College of Health Professions

School of Health Sciences

Degree Program Ph.D. Public Health

Dr. Irana Hawkins teaches and mentors students in the doctoral programs in Public Health at Walden University (PhD and DrPH).

A dietitian-educator, her research focuses on creating new knowledge to: 1) reduce impact on the natural environment 2) understand the use of plant-based diets and other pro-environmental behaviors in healthcare practice 3) foster interprofessional education and collaboration to create outcomes that benefit the public good.

Dr. Hawkins is a Review Editor for the academic journals Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems and Frontiers in Nutrition (Sustainable Diets). She edited the professional book Promoting Biodiversity in Food Systems (CRC Press). Her forthcoming book Creating Planetary Resilience with Food and Health (CRC Press) will be published in 2022.

Along with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dr. Hawkins was awarded a grant from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation/Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group to understand the prevalence of vegetarian and vegan nutrition instruction in accredited dietetics programs in the United States.

A Native Plant Steward and a Master Recycler/Composter, Dr. Hawkins continuously looks for ways to support biodiversity and the living systems of the natural environment.

Courses Taught

PUBH 8030 - Socio-Ecological Perspectives on Health

PUBH 8003 - Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health

PUBH 8038 - Health Behavior Theory

PUBH 8410 - Fundamentals of Leadership, System Evaluation, and Interventions in Public Health

PUBH 9000 - Dissertation Research

Education

PhD, Simmons College

MPH, The George Washington University

Graduate Certificate, University of Massachusetts Boston

BS, Oregon State University

Public Service

Walden University Global Days of Service, Participant

Native Plant Steward, Volunteer

Master Recycler/Composter

Awards / Honors

Research Dissemination Award, Walden University Center for Research Quality, 2021

Research Dissemination Award, Walden University Center for Research Quality, 2020

Research Dissemination Award, Fall, Walden University Center for Research Quality, 2019

Research Dissemination Award, Summer, Walden University Center for Research Quality, 2019

Research Dissemination Award, Center for Research Quality, Walden University, 2018

Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society, The George Washington University, 1998

Inspiration and Education Award, Harborview Medical Center Outpatient Mental Health Services, 2000

Outstanding Educational Outreach, American Heart Association Boston, 1996

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award, Boston City Hospital, 1994

Publications

Hawkins, I. W. (2021). Resources used and innovations in teaching vegetarian and vegan nutrition in accredited dietetics programs in the United States. International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention.

Hawkins, I. W. (2020). RDN Resources for Professionals: Plant-Based Diets to Combat Climate Change and Protect Planetary Health.

Hawkins, I. W. (2020). RDN Resources for Consumers: Plant-Based Diets to Combat Climate Change and Protect Planetary Health.

Hawkins, I. W., Mangels, R., Goldman, R., Wood, R. (2019). Dietetics program directors in the United States support teaching vegetarian and vegan nutrition and half connect vegetarian and vegan diets to environmental impact. Frontiers in Nutrition.

Hawkins, I. W. (2019). The diet-environment-health-trilemma. Environmental Nutrition: Connecting Health and Nutrition with Environmentally Sustainable Diets.

Hawkins, I. W. (2018). Editor, Promoting Biodiversity in Food Systems.

Hawkins, I. W. (2018). The intersection of biodiversity, food, and health. Promoting Biodiversity in Food Systems.

Hawkins, I. W. (2018). Food science in an era of environmental concern. Food Science, An Ecological Approach, Second Edition.

Hawkins, I. W., Balsam, A., Goldman, R. (2015). A survey of Registered Dietitians' concern and actions regarding climate change in the United States. Frontiers in Nutrition.

Hawkins, I. W., Balsam, A., Graves, D. (2015). A qualitative study of how Registered Dietitians made the connection between diet, climate change, and environmental degradation. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.

Hawkins, I. W., Balsam, A., Graves, D. (2015). The factors associated with the enduring pro-environmental behaviors of Registered Dietitians and the relationship between personal and practice behaviors: A qualitative study. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.

Hawkins, I. W., Balsam, A., Graves, D. (2015). A qualitative study of the skills that enabled the pro-environmental behaviors of Registered Dietitians. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.

Hawkins, I. W. (2015). From longer telomeres to a longer life: Promising evidence in support of plant-based diets. Meat, The Future: How Cutting Meat Consumption Can Feed Billions More.

Hawkins, I. W. (2014). Food science and the natural environment. Food Science, An Ecological Approach.

Berger, M., Scott, E., Axe, J. B., Hawkins, I. W. (2013). World challenge: Engaging sophomores in an intensive, interdisciplinary course. Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Hawkins, I. W., Sabate, J. (2013). Defining "sustainable" and "healthy" diets in an era of great environmental concern and increased prevalence of chronic diseases (Letter to the Editor). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Presentations

Hawkins, I. W. (2020). Environmental Care Amidst a Global Pandemic: Our Call to Action. Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Bellevue, WA.

Hawkins, I. W. (2020). Feed the Bees, Love Your Birds & Save the Whales: Use Your Plate to Protect Biodiversity. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of California Riverside.

Hawkins, I. W. (2019). Dietetics Program Directors in the United States Support Teaching Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition and Half Connect Vegetarian and Vegan Diets to Environmental Impact (Poster). Stanford University.

Hawkins, I. W. (2019). Use Your Plate to Protect Biodiversity. Boston Vegetarian Society , Annual Boston Veg Food Fest, Boston, MA.

Hawkins, I. W. (2019). A Healthier Plate for a Healthier Planet. 31st Congress of the Italian National Association of Dietitians (ANDID), Florence, Italy.

Hawkins, I. W. (2019). A Healthier Plate for a Healthier Planet. University of Florence (Italy).

Hawkins, I. W. (2018). Keynote Speaker: Save Them All--People, Animals, and the Planet. Tzu Chi International Medical Association Annual Global Conference, Hualien, Taiwan.

Hawkins, I. W. (2018). Protecting Biodiversity with Healthy Soil, Healthy Seeds—and Our Plate. 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition, Loma Linda University.

Hawkins, I. W. (2018). Zero Waste Principles for a Healthier Planet. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of California Riverside.

Hawkins, I. W. (2018). Kickoff Speaker: Putting Zero Waste Principles into Dietetics Practice. Utah Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Hawkins, I. W. (2018). Protecting the Planet With Our Plate. Plant-Based Prevention of Disease (P-POD) Conference, North Carolina State University.

Hawkins, I. W. (2017). A Greener Plate for a Greener Planet. Solutions 5 Conference: “Food, The Next Generation”, Association for Healthcare Food Service, Microsoft Corporation.

Hawkins, I. W. (2017). Powerful: The Merits of a Plant-Based Diet. Health Care Without Harm Western Region Webinar.

Hawkins, I. W. (2016). A Greener Diet for A Greener Planet. Tzu Chi Medical Foundation/Health Promoting Hospitals Tackling Climate Change Task Force, Yale University.

Hawkins, I. W. (2016). A Biodiversity-Honoring Plant-Based Diet to Revitalize Planetary Health. Plant-Based Prevention of Disease Conference, North Carolina State University.

Hawkins, I. W. (2016). A Greener Plate for a Greener Planet. Crafton Hills College.

Hawkins, I. W. (2015). Promoting Biodiversity in Dietetics Practice. Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE | Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).

Hawkins, I. W. (2015). Our Diet, Our Health, Our Planet, Our Future. Boston Vegetarian Society.

Hawkins, I. W. (2015). Keynote Speaker: A Healthy Food System for Healthy Families on a Healthy Planet. Central Massachusetts Dietetic Association.

Hawkins, I. W. (2015). A Greener Diet for Planetary Health. Greater Seattle Dietetic Association.

Hawkins, I. W. (2015). Dietetics, Food Systems, and Planetary Health. Massachusetts Dietetic Association.

Hawkins, I. W. (2015). The Relationship Between Food Choices and Antibiotic Resistance. Food and Water Watch, Seattle University.