Alison Clune Berg, PhD, RDN, LD

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Extension and Outreach, Foods and Nutrition

Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist

Address:
202 Hoke Smith Annex
300 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602

E-Mail:

workOffice Phone: 706-542-3773

Fax: 706-542-1979

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Doctor of Philosophy Foods and Nutrition University of Georgia 2015
Master of Science Foods and Nutrition University of Georgia 2009
Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Dietetics University of Georgia 2007

Research

Alison's current research involves evaluating community education programs to improve nutrition for the prevention and management of chronic disease, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. 

Current Research

Effectiveness of the Extension model to enhance knowledge and facilitate healthy behavior change across the lifespan.

Dissertation project: Psychological Constructs, Measures of Adiposity and Weight Loss Following Intervention in Older Women

Teaching

Assistant to instructor—Mary Ann Johnson, PhD                                                                         Fall 2014

“Nutrition and Obesity Across the Lifespan” FDNS 6240 (Lecture)

  • New course developed for the UGA Certificate in Obesity and Weight Management
  • Collaborated with M Johnson to develop course outline, assessments, and content
  • Develop and implement modules on energy balance, food environment, and current obesity treatment
  • Provide feedback on student assessments

Guest lecturer and assistant to instructor—to Ellen M. Evans, PhD                                      Spring 2014

“Weight Management Coaching” KINS/FDNS 4700/6700 (Lecture and Experiential Learning)

  • Assist in development of course outline, activities, and course administration
  • Develop and present lectures on nutrition, scope of practice in weight management, and application of behavioral theory in weight management counseling
  • Provide weekly feedback to students regarding their real-time weight management coaching experiences
  • Work with other teaching assistant to revise and develop materials for student use in ongoing real-time weight management coaching experience 

Graduate Teaching Assistant—to Lecturer Tracey Brigman, MS, RD                                    2007 – 2009

“Food Principles” FDNS 3600/L (Lecture and Laboratory)

  • Led weekly laboratory experience including food preparation, basic food science/cooking principles, and sensory evaluation
  • Assisted in development and evaluation of student lab reports, exams, and projects
  • Revised laboratory manual, including instructions, recipes, design, and evaluation materials

 “Quantity Food Production” FDNS 3610/L (Lecture and Laboratory)                         

  • Managed student laboratory experience, including student work in campus dining halls
  • Assisted in development and evaluation of projects relating to menu planning, recipe standardization and costing, physical layout and organization of institutional kitchens, foodservice management tools and techniques, and cost control procedures

Newton County Senior Center—Covington, GA

Nutrition Educator: Live Healthy Georgia, Take Charge of Your Health Georgia!             2007-2009

  • Participated in program collaboration between University of Georgia Department of Foods and Nutrition and Georgia Division of Aging Services, Atlanta, GA
  • Authored weight-management lesson included in statewide curriculum for LHG
  • Led Older Americans Act Nutrition Program (OAANP) participants in monthly nutrition, health, and physical activity educational lessons
  • Assisted in data collection, entry, analysis, and report writing for Georgia Division of Aging Services supported program

Guest Lectures:

  • An Introduction to Nutrition Education for Obesity and Diabetes Prevention and Management, Anthropology of Eating (ANTH 3541), University of Georgia, September 15, 2015.
  • Nutrition for Weight Management: the Dietary Guidelines, trends in weight management, practical tips, Weight Management Coaching (KINS 4700), February 24 - March 5, 2015
  • Supplementation and Health, Personal Training (KINS 3500), April 7, 2015
  • Nutrition in Aging and Mental Health, First Year Odyssey, Psychology of Aging, November 11, 2014.
  • Food Allergy: from research to practice to policy and back.  Food Policy (FDNS 4600/6600), University of Georgia, February 7th and 10th 2014.
  • Nutrition Education Methods for REAL. Co-presented with Dr. Mary Ann Johnson. Food and Nutrition Education Methods (FDNS 4660/6660), University of Georgia.  October 29, 2013.
  • Aging, nutrition, and mental health.  Co-presented with Dr. Mary Ann Johnson.  First year odyssey: psychology of aging, University of Georgia.  October 23, 2013. 
  • Food Allergy: from research to practice and back again.  Department of Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia.  September 4, 2013. 
  • Nutrition Education Methods for REAL.  Co-presented with Dr. Mary Ann Johnson. Food and Nutrition Education Methods (FDNS 4660/6660), University of Georgia.  April 5, 2013.
  • Using Technology to Understand and Help People with Nutrition. Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences (FDNS/TXMI/CHFD/HACE/FACS 2000), University of Georgia. October 7, 2014.

Outreach

Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Treasurer-elect  2015 – 2016

Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association (NEGDA), Immediate Past President

 2015 – 2016
Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association (NEGDA), President  2014 – 2015 
University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association, Board Member  

 2014 – Present

Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association (NEGDA), President-elect  2013 – 2014 
Foods and Nutrition Graduate Student Association, UGA, Member

 2012 – Present

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Member

 2004 – Present 

Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (GAND), Member

 2004 – Present 

Healthy Aging Dietetic Practice Group, AND, Member

 2012 – Present 

Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, AND, Member   2012 – Present
School Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, AND, Member

 2009 – Present 

School Nutrition Association, National and Georgia Affiliate, Member

 2009 – 2012 

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Nutrition Education
  • Older Adult Nutrition
  • Nutrition for Weight Management
  • Physical Activity and Exercise for Weight Management
  • School Nutrition
  • Menu Planning

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
Cobb County School District Food and Nutrition Services Area Supervisor 2
East Metro Health District Clinical Nutritionist, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) 0.5

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Emerging Dietetic Leader Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2015
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award University of Georgia 2015
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges University of Georgia 2015
Commission on Dietetic Registration Doctoral Schoolarship Commission on Dietetic Registration 2014 - 2015
Kathryn Oliverio Bishirjian Healthy Aging DPG Scholarship Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Health Aging Dietetic Practice Group 2014 - 2015
June & Bill Flatt Nutrition Excellence Graduate Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia 2014 - 2015
Frances Carr Parker and School Nutrition Services DPG Scholarship Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group 2013 - 2014
Ruth Rowan Morrison Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia 2013 - 2014
Anne and Earl Haltiwanger Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia 2012 - 2013
Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Georgia Lottery and Georgia Student Finance Commission 2002 – 2006

Journal Articles

Lay WA, Vickery CR, Ward-Ritacco C, Johnson KB, Berg AC, Evans EM, Johnson MA. Comparison of intake of animal and plant foods and related nutrients in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors and controls. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics.  In press.

Clune A (Berg), Fischer JG, Lee JS, Reddy S, Johnson MA, Hausman DB. Prevalence and predictors of recommendations to lose weight in overweight and obese older adults in Georgia senior centers. Preventive Medicine.  2010;51(1):27-30. Epub 2010 Apr 9.

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association Past-president 2015-2016 Professional
Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Treasurer-elect 2015-2016 Professional
Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association President 2014-2015 Professional
Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association President-elect 2013-2014 Professional

Publications

Acitelli R, Berg A, Evans E, Johnson MA. Healthy Weight Loss For Older Adults.  Athens MOVE Magazine. February/March 2013, p. 26. 

Books

Brady AO, Berg AC, Johnson MA, Evans EM.  Physical activity and exercise in older adults, Chapter in: Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging, 3rd. ed.  Bales CW, Locher J, and Saltzman E, editors, 2015. Springer.

Job Description

As the State Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist, I lead nutrition education programming delivered by Extension agents in Georgia in the areas of disease prevention and health maintenance throughout the lifespan. I develop and revise curriculum and will evaluate the impact of these programs on the citizens of Georgia. I work with a wide variety of audiences from children to older adults.  

Dr. Berg’s interests include nutrition for disease prevention and health maintenance throughout the lifespan.  As a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Specialist in the area of human nutrition and health promotion, Dr. Berg provides content expertise and leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of nutrition education programs that serve Georgia’s residents. In addition, Dr. Berg has experience in school nutrition, public health, senior centers, and weight loss intervention research for overweight and obese older women. 

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