Emma M. Laing, Ph.D., RDN, LD

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Dietetics

309 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-7983

Fax: 706-542-5059

Curriculum Vitae

Current Classes

Medical Nutrition Therapy I (FDNS 4500/6500)

Management of Foodservice Orgs (FDNS 4620)

Clinical Nutrition Intervention (FDNS 4520)

Food and Nutrition Internship (FDNS 5910)


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Foods and Nutrition University of Georgia 2003
M.S. Foods and Nutrition University of Georgia 2000
Dietetic Internship Nutrition Emory University Hospital 1997
B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics University of Delaware 1995


My research projects focus on osteoporosis and obesity prevention and related health outcomes. My expertise is in the area of imaging techniques for assessment of bone health and body composition and employing dietary and physical activity interventions to optimize the health and wellbeing of children. Results from these studies lead to determining the efficacy of relatively simple and inexpensive approaches to improve health during childhood that will in turn reduce the risk of chronic diseases in adulthood. For more information, see the Bone and Body Composition Laboratory.


In the news:

I have previously taught:

  • Human Nutrition and Food, undergraduate course (FDNS 2100)
  • Nutrition in Exercise and Sport, undergraduate and graduate course (FDNS/KINS 4220/6220)
  • Nutrition Related to the Human Lifecycle, undergraduate course (FDNS 4510)


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Selected from 2012-Present
Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017
Student Career Development Recognition UGA Career Development Center 2015, 2016 & 2017
Nominee, Creative Teaching Award UGA Office of Instruction 2016
Nominee, Graduate Faculty Diversity Award UGA Graduate School 2016
Super-Includer Diversity Award UGA College of Family & Consumer Sciences 2016
Teacher of the Week UGA Center for Teaching and Learning 2015
Nominee, Outstanding Service Award UGA College of Family & Consumer Sciences Alumni Association 2013, 2014 & 2016
Nominee, ATHENA Award Athens Area Chamber of Commerce 2012
Nominee, 40 Under 40 UGA Alumni Association 2012

Journal Articles

Selected from 2013-Present

In Press

Yli-Piipari, S., Berg, A., Laing, E.M., Hartzell, D.L., Parris, K.O., Udwadia, J., and Lewis, R.D. A 12-Week Lifestyle Program to Improve Cardiometabolic, Behavioral, and Psychological Health in Hispanic Children and Adolescents. 2017 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. In Press.


Kindler J.M., Ross H.L., Modlesky C.M., Laing E.M., Pollock N.K., Baile C.A., Harshvardhan, S., Lewis R.D. Obese versus normal-weight late-adolescent females have inferior trabecular bone microarchitecture: a pilot case-control study. 2017 Calcif Tissue Int, 101(5):479-488.

Lobene A.J., Kindler J.M., Jenkins N.T., Pollock N.K., Laing E.M., Grider A. Lewis R.D. Zinc supplementation does not alter indicators of insulin secretion and sensitivity in black and white female adolescents. 2017 Journal of Nutrition, 147(7):1296-1300.

Kindler J.M., Pollock N.K., Laing E.M., Oshri A., Jenkins N.T., Isales C.M., Hamrick M.W., Ding K.H., Hausman D.B., McCabe G.P., Martin B.R., Hill-Gallant K.M., Warden S.J., Weaver C.M., Peacock M., Lewis R.D. The IGF-I-cortical bone relationship is moderated in children who are insulin resistant. 2017 Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 32(7):1537-1545.

Grider A., Bakre, A.A. Laing, E.M., Lewis, R.D. In Silico Analysis of MicroRNA Regulation of Bone Development: Metal Response Element-Binding Transcription Factor 1 and Bone Signaling Pathways. 2017 Austin Journal of Nutrition & Metabolism, 4(1):1042.

Giudici K.V., Kindler J.M., Martin B.R., Laing E.M., McCabe G.P., McCabe L.D., Hausman D.B., Martini L.A., Lewis R.D., Weaver C.M., Peacock M., Hill Gallant K.M. Associations among osteocalcin, leptin and metabolic health in children ages 9-13 years in the United States. 2017 Nutrition & Metabolism, 7;14:25.

Ferira A.J., Laing E.M., Hausman D.B., Hall D.B., McCabe G.P., Martin B.R., Hill K.M., Warden S.J., Weaver C.M., Peacock M., Lewis R.D. Vitamin D Supplementation Effects on Insulin Sensitivity and Resistance in Early Pubertal White and Black Children. 2016 J Clin Endocrinol Metab. Apr;101(4):1710-8.

Kindler J.M., Pollock N.K., Laing E.M., Jenkins N.T., Oshri A., Isales C., Hamrick M.W., Lewis R.D. Insulin resistance negatively influences the muscle-dependent IGF-I-bone mass relationship in pre-menarcheal girls. 2016 J Clin Endocrinol Metab. Jan;101(1):199-205.

Gordon J.D., Hausman D.B., Bailey L.B., Lewis R.D., Laing E.M., Park H.J. Impact of gluten-containing foods on folate intake of women of childbearing age. 2016 The Digest, Research Dietetic Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 51(1), 2-7.

Berger P.K., Laing E.M., Pollock N.K., Chertin V., Grider A., Shapses S.A., Ding K.H., Isales C.M., Lewis R.D. Zinc supplementation enhances bone formation in premenarcheal females: a randomized controlled trial. 2015 Am J Clin Nutr. 145(12):2699-704.

Grider A., Lewis R.D., Laing E.M., Bakre, A.A., Tripp, R.A. Zinc Affects miR-548n, SMAD4, SMAD5 Expression in HepG2 Hepatocyte and HEp-2 Lung Cell Lines, 2015 Biometals. Dec;28(6):959-66.

Lewis R.D. and Laing E.M. Does Vitamin D Improve Bone Mineral Accrual in Children and Adolescents? Evidence From Randomized Controlled Trials. 2015 SI: Bone Health & Nutrition; Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. 410:11-18.

Kindler J.M., Goff-Ross H.L., Laing, E.M., Modlesky C.M., Pollock N.K., Baile C.A., Lewis R.D. Load-specific physical activity scores are related to tibia bone architecture. 2015 Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. Apr;25(2):136-44.

Berger P.K., Pollock N.K., Laing E.M., Warden S.J., Hill Gallant K.M., Hausman D.B., Baile C.A., Tripp R.A., McCabe L.D., McCabe G.P., Weaver C.M., Peacock M., Lewis, R.D. Association of adenovirus 36 infection with adiposity and inflammation-related markers in children. 2104 J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 99(9):3240-6.

Berger P.K., Principe-Craig J.L., Laing E.M., Henley E.C., Pollock N.K., Blair R.M., Baile C.A., Hall D.B., Lewis R.D. Weight gain in college females is not prevented by isoflavone-rich soy protein: a randomized controlled trial. 2014 Nutr Res. 66-73.

Lewis R.D., Laing E.M., Hill Gallant K.M., Hall D.B., McCabe G.P., Martin B.R., Warden S.J., Peacock M., Weaver C.M. Vitamin D3 supplementation in children: dose-response effects on vitamin D metabolites and calcium absorption. 2013 J Clin Endocrinol & Metab. 98(12):4816-4825.

Laing E.M., Tripp R.A., Pollock N.K., Baile C.A., Della-Fera, M.A., Rayalam S., Tompkins S.M., Keys D.A., Lewis R.D. Adenovirus 36, Adiposity and Bone Strength in Late-Adolescent Females. 2013 Journal of Bone and Minereral Research. 28(3):489-96.

Warden S.J., Laing E.M., Ferira A.J., Hill K.H., Martin B.R., Weaver C.M., Peacock M., Hausman D.B., Lewis R.D. Racial Differences in Cortical Bone and their Relationship to Biochemical Variables in Early Pubertal Children. 2013 Osteoporosis International. 24:1869-1879.

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Anonymous Peer Reviewer Multiple 2003 to present


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Selected from 2015-Present
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics NEHP Membership Chair (DPG) 2017- National
Student Dietetic Association Faculty Advisor 2017- College
FDN Curriculum Committee Chair 2017- Department
Double Dawg Committee Member 2017- Department
FDN Alumni Relations Committee Member 2016- Department
FDN Communications Committee Director 2015- Department
Celebrating Excellence Committee Member 2017 College
University Council on Facilities Member 2013-2016 University
UGA Obesity Initiative Member, Maternal, Immunology, Bone & Fat teams 2011-2016 University
Row for Hemophilia Faculty Mentor, Sports Nutrition 2015-2016 University
Whatever it Takes UGA Faculty Mentor 2014-2016 University
FACS Gonfalon Committee FDN Faculty Representative 2015 College
Georgia Association on Young Children Board of Directors, District 8 Representative 2012-2015 State


Laing E.M. and Lewis R.D. Chapter 4: New concepts in vitamin D requirements for children and adolescents: a controversy revisited. (2018) In: Giustina and Bilezikian (Eds.) Frontiers in Hormone Research: Novel aspects of vitamin D in clinical medicine, Switzerland, Karger. In Press.

Lewis R.D., Laing E.M., Weaver C.M. Chapter 41: Adolescence and Acquisition of Peak Bone Mass. (2018) In: Feldman D., Pike J.W., & Adams J.S. (Eds.) Vitamin D, Volume 1: Biochemistry, Physiology And Diagnostics, Fourth Edition, San Diego, CA: Elsevier, Inc. Pages 731–753.

Lewis R.D., Kindler J.M., Laing E.M. Chapter 3: Obesity, Insulin Resistance and Pediatric Bone. In C. M. Weaver, R. M. Daly, & H. A. Bischoff-Ferrari (Eds.), Nutritional Influences on Bone Health (9th International Symposium on Nutritional Aspects of Osteoporosis ed., pp. 21-33). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. Available via eBook.

Lewis R.D., Laing E.M., Foss S.M. Chapter 6: The War on Hunger to the Fight Against Obesity (2015) In: Nickols S.M., et al. (Eds.) Remaking Home Economics, UGA Press.

Laing E.M. (2013) Chapter 23: Exercise and Nutrient Need In: Berdanier C.D., Feldman E. & Dwyer J. (Eds.) Handbook of Nutrition and Food, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Inc., 359-371.

Lewis R.D. and Laing E.M. (2013) Chapter 23: Vitamin D Supplementation and Changes in Vitamin D and Bone Metabolites in Children In: Burckhardt P., et al. (Eds.) Nutritional Influences on Bone Health, London, Springer-Verlag, 227-236.

Weaver C.M., Lewis R.D., Laing E.M. (2011) Vitamin D in Skeletal Growth and Development. In: Translational Endocrinology & Metabolism. Endocrine Society. In Press.

Weaver C.M., Laing E.M., & Lewis R.D. (2011) Chapter 38: Adolescence- Acquisition of Peak Bone Mass. In: Vitamin D, 3rd Edition (pp. 657-677). Ed: Feldman, D. Elsevier, Inc.

Laing E.M. Exercise and Nutrient Need. (2007) In: Berdanier C.D., Feldman E. & Dwyer J. (Eds.) Handbook of Nutrition and Food (pp. 373-388) Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Inc.

Current Professional Affiliations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)

American Society for Nutrition

Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Georgia Nutrition Council

Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association

Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (AND Group)

Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals (AND Dietetics Practice Group)

Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (AND Dietetics Practice Group)

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