Nutrition Experts

Karen Marie Chapman-novakofski

The Institute for Genomic Biology
United States of America


Dr. Chapman-Novakofski received her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and then moved to Alabama to complete a dietetic internship at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. After moving back to Illinois, she accepted a position as the Nutrition Support Team Dietitian at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Danville. While working there during the next ten years, she completed a M.S. from Eastern Illinois University and earned her doctorate in Nutritional Science from UIUC. She continued to work at the VAMC as a research dietitian for two additional years before accepting a position as Assistant Professor at UIUC, where she is now an Associate Professor. Dr. Chapman-Novakofski holds positions in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, the College of Medicine, and Illinois Extension. She is married to Dr. Jan Novakofski, and has two children. Dr. Chapman-Novakofski enjoys teaching, and has taught Community Nutrition to both undergraduate and graduate students at UIUC, and through the extramural program; clinical nutrition courses to graduate students through the Division of Nutritional Sciences, and to third- and fourth-year medical students during their general medicine core courses; and general nutrition through many of her extension and outreach programs.

Research Interest



  • Wardwell L, Chapman-Novakofski K, Herrel S, Woods J. Nutreient intake and immune function of elderly subjects. J Amer Diet Assoc 108:2005-2012.

  • Plawecki K, Evan E, Mojtahedi M, McAuley E, Chapman-Novakofski,K. Assessing calcium intake in post-menopausal women. Prev Chronic Dis J6(4):A124,Available at

  • Porter S, Chapman-Novakofski K, Scherer J. Web-based diabetes education tailored to Hispanics. J Nutr Educ Behav 41(5):374-376.

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