Our research is aimed at addressing metabolic and satiety hormone responses to different nutrients, diets and/or exercise. We are currently studying the effects of dietary fatty acid composition in meals and diets on postprandial energy expenditure, fuel utilization, and markers of hunger and satiety. We also study how nutrients, diets, and supplements impact health and athletic performance.

Recent Awards

CURO Honors Scholars selected for the 2017-2018 academic year, Simon Chang and Allison Rautmann

Ruth Rowan Morrison Scholarship, UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2016, Sepideh Kaviani

FACS Ambassadors selected for the 2016-2017 academic year, 2016, Josh Hudson

Selection as the FACS Senator for the UGA Student Government Association, 2016, Josh Hudson

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Research Projects

Investigators:
Jamie Cooper

Description:

Overall Goal: The purpose of this study is to compare a high cottonseed oil diet (high PUFA diet) to a high olive oil diet (high MUFA diet) to determine which diet has a greater impact on acute and chronic satiety in humans. 

Study Design: 2-month, single-blind, randomized crossover trial

Participants: 24 normal weight adults

Data Collected: Markers of satiety before and after each of the 5-day high-fat diets.

Funding:

Cotton Incorporated

Investigators:
Jamie Cooper
Kendall Farr

Description:

Overall Goal: The purpose of this study is to determine whether caffeine mouth rinses improve the time to complete a 12.8K run (approximately 1 hour of endurance exercise) more than a placebo mouth rinse. We also will determine whether there is a synergistic effect of a caffeine plus carbohydrate mouth rinse.

Study Design: Randomized, double-blind, crossover design in humans

Participants: 32 normal weight adults between the ages of 18-45 who train in aerobic exercise at least 4 days per week for at least 1 hour per day

Data Collected: Anthropometrics, heart rate, rate of perceived exertion, completion times, satiety and thirst levels, sensory evaluations between the four different mouth rinses

Investigators:
Jamie Cooper
Sepideh Kaviani

Description:

Overall Goal: We are interested to investigate how the holiday season (November- January) affects general health status, especially stress and stress-related measures in the body such as your perceived stress level, blood pressure, sleep patterns, body shape/weight, and a number of conceptual perceptions about food.

Study Design: Single-blinded, randomized, control trial in humans

Participants: 300 normal weight, overweight or obese adults between the ages of 18-70

Data Collected: Anthropometrics, lipid profile, glucose and insulin responses, Questionnaires include: Drive for Objective Thinness (DFOT), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), Three factor Eating Questionnaire (TFEQ), Power of Food Scale, sleep questionnaire, self-weighing frequency scale and Fat Preference Questionnaire, Mindful eating factors, Stages and processes of change in weight management. 

Investigators:
Jamie Cooper
Liana Rodrigues

Description:

Overall Goal: The purpose of the study is to look at the effects of different types of walnuts in a breakfast muffin on markers of health. Those markers of health include cholesterol profiles, blood sugar responses, and antioxidant levels in the body after different breakfast muffin meals. 

Study Design: Double-blinded, randomized, cross-over 

Participants: 30 normal weight adults between the ages of 18-45 

Data Collected: Anthropometrics, lipid profile, glucose and insulin responses, satiety, sensory evaluations and antioxidant levels between the muffins with English walnuts, black walnuts, and no walnuts from fasting to 3 hours post prandial. 

Funding:

Hammons Product Company

Investigators:
Jamie Cooper
Alexis Marquardt

Description: 

Overall Goal: The purpose of this study to test the impact of the traditional high-fat, high sugar breakfast muffin against a pecan-containing muffin to determine if the pecans will mitigate the post-meal increases in glucose, insulin, and lipids, while increasing plasma antioxidant levels and appetite.

Study Design: Double-blind, randomized, control in humans

Participants: 30 normal weight adults between the ages of 18-45

Data Collected: Anthropometrics, lipid profile, glucose and insulin responses, satiety, sensory evaluations and antioxidant levels between the muffin without pecans and the muffin with pecans from fasting to 3 hours post prandial.

Funding:

Georgia Pecan Commission

Meet the Staff

Name Job Title / Department Contact
Jamie Cooper

Jamie A. Cooper

Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Jamie Cooper is an associate professor in Foods and Nutrition

180 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4903

Kristine Polley

Kristine Polley

Ph.D. Student

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

161 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-7689

Sepideh  Kaviani

Sepideh Kaviani

Ph.D. Student

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

161 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
8064070707

Kendall Farr

Kendall Cecilia Farr

Accelerated MS Student

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

161 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-7689

Liana Rodrigues

Liana Lise Rodrigues

PhD/DI Student

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

423-596-7708

Alexis Marquardt

Alexis Marquardt

M.S. Student

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

180 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
4143359416

Megan Houston

Megan Elizabeth Houston

Accelerated Master's Student

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

161 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
7069829487