We examine pregnancy weight gain and body composition, as well as early childhood body composition and growth patterns. We focus on maternal factors that influence pregnancy outcomes, along with child feeding environments and child growth.

Recent Awards

FACS Undergraduate Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, 2017, Alex Anderson

CURO Undergraduate Research Award, 2016, Evan Johnson

Participant, Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security at Purdue University, 2016, Marina Tandoh

Holly B. Alley Scholarship, Georgia Nutrition Council, 2016, Nicki Motoyasu

View all Foods and Nutrition Awards

Research Projects

Overall Goal:

To examine factors that influence food choice decisions made by children (10-13 year olds) during independent eating occasions.

Study Design:

Observational study that involves two (2) visits to the research lab and a 24 hours documentation of all child food and beverage consumption in pictures.

Multi-site study (Arizona, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon & Utah)

Participants: Parent/guardian-child pairs

Parenting practices, 24-hour food diary, anthropometric assessment

Funding Source:

Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station

Overall Goal:

To investigate the impact of maternal gestational weight and body fat mass gain on infant/child weight and body composition in early childhood with respect to infant feeding practice.

Study Design:

Longitudinal observational study

Participants: Pregnant women and their newborn

Data: Pregnancy anthropometric and body composition measurements, biomedical factors, physical activity, dietary assessment, infant feeding practices and infant anthropometrics and body composition

Funding Source:

Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station

Our Staff

Name Job Title / Department Contact
Alex Anderson

Alex Kojo Anderson

Associate Professor

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Anderson is a nutritional epidemiologist and conducts research both locally and internationally on women and children.

100 Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-7614

Marina Tandoh

Marina Aferiba Tandoh

Ph.D. Student

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Ms. Marina Aferiba Tandoh is a Registered Dietitian from Ghana, and is currently a PhD student in Foods and Nutrition.

126 Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-247-1553

Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson

CURO Undergraduate Research Assistant

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

100 Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-7614

Hamza Choudhry

Hamza Choudhry

Undergraduate Research Assistant

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

100 Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-7614