Irene Hatsu

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Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Human Nutrition

(614) 292-0960


Irene Hatsu is an associate professor of human nutrition in the Department of Human Sciences. Her research interests are in food and nutrition security as it relates to health in vulnerable populations; nutrition and mental health in youth.


  • PhD, Dietetics and Nutrition, Florida International University
  • MS, Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia
  • BSc, Zoology, University of Ghana

Research Interests

Selected Publications

  • Johnstone J, Leung B, Srikanth P, Hatsu I, Perez L, Gracious B, Tost G, Aman MG, Gadow KD, Findling RL, Bukstein O, Arnold LE. Development of a composite primary outcome score for children with ADHD and emotional dysregulation. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol, 2020: 30(3):166-172. 
  • Johnstone J, Leung B, Gracious B, Perez L, Tost G, Savoy A, Hatsu I, Hughes A, Bruton A, Arnold LE. Rationale and design of an international randomized placebo-controlled trial of a 36-ingredient micronutrient supplement for children with ADHD and irritable mood: the Micronutrients for ADHD in Youth (MADDY) Study. Contemp Clini Trials Commun, 16 (2019): 100478.
  • Lu S, Perez L, Leslein A, Hatsu I. The Relationship between Food Insecurity and Symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children: A Summary of the Literature. Nutrients 2019: 11(3):659. 
  • Yarcusko E, Slesnick, N, Hatsu I. Food Sources for Homeless Youth: An Evaluation of Food Availability at a Homeless Youth Drop-In Center. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2019;51(1)91-95.
  • Hatsu I, Gunther C, Hade E, Vandergriff S, Slesnick N, William Rachel, Bruno R, Kennel J. Unaccompanied homeless youth have extremely poor diet quality and nutritional status. Int J Adolesc Youth. 2018; DOI: 10.1080/02673843.2018.1538885
  • Kane K, Ilic S, Padden H, Lustberg M, Grenade C, Bhatt A, Diaz-Pardo D, Beery A, Hatsu I. An Evaluation of Factors Predicting Diet Quality among Cancer Patients. Nutrients. 2018;10(8):1019.
  • Hatsu I, Hade E, Campa A. Food Security Status is related to Mental Health Quality of Life among Persons Living with HIV.  AIDS Behav. 2017; 21(3):745-753.