Irene Padasas, PhD

Community Nutrition and Health Advisor
Community Nutrition and Health
2801 Second Street
Davis, CA 95618
(559) 684-3300 Create VCard

Also in:
Kings County
Fresno County
Madera County
Community Nutrition and Health
Tulare County


Irene Padasas is the Community Nutrition and Health Advisor for UCCE Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and Madera Counties. Her current research and extension work is focused on social and cultural factors that shape health and wellbeing of underserved and low resourced population, particularly ethnic and migrant families. Padasas has also programmatic oversight function responsible for the consistent delivery of two federal nutrition programs in her four county assignments within the Central Valley Region - Calfresh Health Living, University of California and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. She has extensive experiences in Extension programming- conducting needs assessment, program development, testing/piloting, evaluation, and information dissemination. She earned a master's degree in Developmental Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and her doctoral in Human Science with a specialization in Global Family Health and Wellbeing at the University of Nebraska.


  • National Council on Family Relations Student/New Professional Issues 2020 in Aging Award
    Presented by National Council on Family Relations,  2020
  • Team Member, "An Ecological Approach to (EAT) Family Style Dining, "1st Place National Winner” and “1st Place Central Region Winner” in the 2019 NEAFCS Annual Program Award
    Presented by National Extension Association of Family Consumer Sciences,  2019


Community-based program, evaluation, family culture and health, children and youth positive development, ethnic minorities

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Peer Reviewed

  • Padasas, I. O., & de Guzman, M. R. T. (under review) Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis of Support Programs for Underrepresented Minorities in Higher Education. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.

  • Kim, S., de Guzman, M.R.T., Do, K. A., Padasas, I. O., Nicholas, C., Kennedy, O., Kuhlman, A., & Larson, A. (2023). Upstarts T3: An asynchronous and cohort-based entrepreneurship train-the-trainer program. Journal of Extension.

  • Dev, D., Padasas, I. O., Hillsburnce, C., Stage, V., & Dzewaltowski, D. A. (2022). Using the RE-AIM Framework in formative evaluation of the EAT Family Style Multilevel Intervention. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

  • Tippens, J. A., Roselius, K., Padasas, I., Khalaf, G., Kohel, K., Mollard, E., & Sheikh, I. (2021). Cultural Bereavement and Resilience in Refugee Resettlement: A Photovoice Study With Yazidi Women in the Midwest United States. Qualitative Health Research, 31(8), 1486-1503.

  • Williams, B. D., Sisson, S. B., Padasas, I. O., & Dev, D. A. (2021). Food program participation influences nutrition practices in early care and education settings. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior53(4), 299-308.

  • Roselius, K., Tippens, J. A., Kohel, K., & Padasas, I.O. (2020). More than an afterthought: Importance of Family in U.S. Refugee Resettlement. National Council for Family Relations Report.

  • De Guzman, M. R. T., Kim, S., Taylor, S., & Padasas, I. O. (2020). Rural communities as a context for entrepreneurship: Exploring perceptions of youth and business owners. Journal of Rural Studies80, 45-52.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Kim, S., de Guzman, M.R.T., Nicholas, C., Wang, Y., Padasas, I., & Kennedy, K. (in press). Youth entrepreneurship education in extension: Applying lessons from the social sciences. In M.R.T. de Guzman & H. Hatton – Bowers (Eds.), Understanding Cooperative Extension Education in the Social Science. Cambridge University Press.

  • Padasas, I. O. (2023, July 1). Parents for Healthy Families: Mealtime Environment. Community Nutrition and Health, UCCE Tulare, Kings, Madera, and Fresno

  • Padasas, I. O. (2023, January 1). Parents for Healthy Families: Health Habits. Community Nutrition and Health, UCCE Tulare, Kings, Madera, and Fresno.

  • Padasas, I. O. (2022). Relationship Matters: Social Capital as Predictors of Underrepresented Minorities’ College Success (Doctoral dissertation, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln).

  • de Guzman, M. R. T., Garcia, A., Padasas, I. O., & Landoy, B. (2019). Parenting and the prosocial behaviors of children across cultures. In D. Laible, G. Carlo, & L. Padilla Walker (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Parenting and Moral Development. Oxford University Press.

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