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Barbara O. Schneeman

Barbara O. Schneeman

  • Professor Emerita, Department of Nutrition



  • B.S. Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis
  • Ph.D. Nutrition, University of California, Berkeley
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Children’s Hospital, Oakland CA

Research Interests

Dr. Schneeman is recognized for her work on dietary fiber, gastro-intestinal function, development and use of food-based dietary guidelines, and the connection between science and policy development.

She served as the Director of the Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over 8 years. In that position, she oversaw the development of policy and regulations for dietary supplements, labeling, food standards, infant formula, and medical foods and served as the U.S delegate to two Codex committees (Food Labeling and Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses).

At the University of California, Davis she was a member of the faculty from 1976 until 2007 and served as Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Professional activities include participation in Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Science (NAS), committees for NAS and for the State of California, USDA, Food and Agricultural Organization, and the World Health Organization. She has been on the editorial board for several scientific journals.

Professional honors for Dr. Schneeman include Fellow of the American Society of Nutrition, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Carl Fellers Award from the Institute of Food Technology, the FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation and the Harvey W. Wiley Medal, the FDA Merit Award, the Samuel Cate Prescott Award for research, the Future Leader Award, and several honorary lectureships.

Selected Publications

  • Schneeman BO. Linking Science and Policy. Nutr Today 49(4): 167-173, 2014.
  • Crane NT, Nalubola R and Schneeman BO. The role and relevance of Codex Nutrition Standards. J Am Diet Assoc 110(5): 672-682, 2010.
  • Crane NT, Juan W, Goldman JD, Ellwood KC, Schneeman BO. National Nutrition Objectives and 10-Year Targets: Perspectives on their Basis and Evolution.  J Am Diet Assoc 111(11): 1660-1669, 2011.
  • Schneeman B. FDA’s Review of Scientific Evidence for Health Claims. J. Nutr 137: 493-494, 2007.
  • Schneeman BO, Trumbo P, Ellwood K and Satchell B. The regulatory process to revise nutrient labeling relative to the Dietary Reference Intakes. Am J Clin Nutr 83S: 1228S-1230S, 2006.
  • Rader JI and Schneeman BO. Prevalence of neural tube defects, folate status, and folate fortification of enriched cereal-grain products in the United States. Pediatrics 117:1394-1399, 2006.
  • Weaver C and Schneeman BO. Revised dietary guidelines promote healthy lifestyle. Food Tech 59: 28-29,32, 2005.
  • Nicholls J, Lasley BL, Nakajima ST, Setchell KD, Schneeman BO. Effects of soy consumption on gonadotropin secretion and acute pituitary responses to gonadotropin-releasing hormone in women. Journal of Nutrition 132(4): 708-14, 2002.
  • Hyson DA, Schneeman BO, Davis PA.  Almonds and almond oil have similar effects on plasma lipids and LDL oxidation in healthy men and women. J Nutr 132 (4): 703-7, 2002.
  • Burton-Freeman B, Davis PA, Schneeman BO.  Plasma cholecystokinin is associated with subjective measures of satiety in women.  Am J Clin Nutr 76(3):659-67, 2002.
  • Schneeman BO.  Linking agricultural production and human nutrition.  Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 81: 3-9, 2001.
  • Schneeman, B. O.  Use of glycemic index in predicting risk of coronary heart disease. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 73: 130-1, 2001
  • Bourdon, I., B. Olson, R. Backus, D. Richter, P.A. Davis and B. O. Schneeman. Beans, as a source of dietary fiber, increases cholecystokinin and apo B48 response to test meals in men.  Journal of Nutrition 131: 1485-1490, 2001.
  • Schneeman, B. O.  Preparation and use of food-based dietary guidelines:  Lessons from Thailand and the Philippine Islands.  Food and Nutrition and Agriculture 28: 55-62, 2001.
  • Parks, E.J., J.C. Rutledge, P.A. Davis, D.A. Hyson, B. O. Schneeman and C.T. Kappagoda.  Predictors of plasma triglyceride elevation in patients participating in a coronary atherosclerosis treatment program.  J Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 21: 73-79, 2001.
  • Schneeman, B. O.  The dietary guidelines for Americans:  a basis for US nutrition policy. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 101: 742-743, 2001.
  • Schneeman BO. Carbohydrate: friend or foe? Summary of research needs. Journal of Nutrition 131(10): 2764S-2765S, 2001.
  • Schneeman, B. O. and E. Kennedy.  Agriculture-nutrition linkages and the US Department of Agriculture:  A global view.  Food and Nutr Bull. 21: 547-9, 2000.
  • Burton-Freeman, B., D.W. Gietzen and B. O. Schneeman. Cholecystokinin and serotonin receptors in the regulation of fat-induced satiety in rats.  American Journal of Physiology.276: R429-34, 1999.
  • Schneeman, B. O.  Building scientific consensus:  the importance of dietary fiber.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 69: 1, 1999.
  • Bourdon, Ingeborg, Wally Yokoyama, Paul Davis, Carol Hudson, Robert Backus, Diane Richter, Benny Knuckles, B.O. Schneeman.  Postprandial lipid, glucose, insulin, and cholecystokinin responses in men fed barley pasta enriched with β-glucan.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 69: 55-63, 1999.
  • Schneeman, B. O.  Fiber, inulin and oligofructose:  similarities and differences.  Journal of Nutrition 129: 1424S-7S, 1999.
  • Schneeman, B.O.  Dietary Guidelines in Asian Countries:  Towards a Food-Based Approach.  Proceedings of a Seminar and Workshop on National Dietary Guidelines:  Meeting Nutritional Needs of Asian Countries in the 21st Century.  Singapore, July 27‑28, 1997
  • Schneeman, B.O.    Commentary on Issues related to production agriculture in the United States.  Food Policy 24: 231-235, 1999.
  • Schneeman, B. O., L. Kotite, K. M. Todd and R. J. Havel.  Relationships between the responses of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins in blood plasma containing apolipoproteins B-48 and B-100 to a fat-containing meal in normolipidemic humans.  Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences 90: 2069-2073, 1993.