Barbara Schneeman

Barbara O. Schneeman

Barbara O. Schneeman, Ph.D.

Position Title
Professor Emerita

Food Science and Technology


UC Davis (1976-2007)

Professor Schneeman retired in 2007.


  • 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


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 also 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. [Abstract]

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. [PubMed]

Crane NT, Nalubola R and Schneeman BO. The role and relevance of Codex Nutrition Standards. J Am Diet Assoc 110(5): 672-682, 2010. [PubMed]

Schneeman B. FDA’s Review of Scientific Evidence for Health Claims. J. Nutr 137: 493-494, 2007. [PubMed]

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. [PubMed]

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. [PubMed]

Weaver C and Schneeman BO. Revised dietary guidelines promote healthy lifestyle. Food Tech 59: 28-29,32, 2005.

Schneeman BO, Burton-Freeman B, Davis P. Incorporating dairy foods into low and high fat diets increases the postprandial cholecystokinin response in men and women. J Nutr. 2003 Dec;133(12):4124-8. [PubMed]

Schneeman BO. Evolution of dietary guidelines. J Am Diet Assoc. 2003 Dec;103(12 Suppl 2):S5-9. [PubMed]

Nicholls, J., Lasley, B. L., Nakajima, S. T., Setchell, K. D., & Schneeman, B. O. Effects of soy consumption on gonadotropin secretion and acute pituitary responses to gonadotropin-releasing hormone in women. J Nutr 2002; 132: 708-714. [PubMed]

Hyson, D. A., Schneeman, B. O., & Davis, P. A. Almonds and almond oil have similar effects on plasma lipids and LDL oxidation in healthy men and women. J Nutr 2002; 132: 703-707. [PubMed]

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. [PubMed]

Awards and Honors

2011: UC Davis College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences - Award of Distinction

2020: Institute of Food Technologists - Gilbert A. Leveille Award & Lectureship