Joan G. Fischer, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

Professor Emerita

Address:
280 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

E-Mail:

workOffice Phone: 706-542-4869

Fax: 706-542-5059

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
B.S Dietetics and Institutional Management Michigan State University 1973
M.S. Foods and Nutrition University of Georgia 1982
Ph.D. Foods and Nutrition University of Georgia 1992

Research

Dr. Fischer studies the role of bioactive compounds from plant foods in the reduction of oxidative stress and inflammation associated with the development of chronic diseases. For more information, see the Bioactive Compounds and Health Laboratory.

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Creswell Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2011
Outstanding Dietetics Educator for the State of Georgia for a Didactic Program in Dietetics Georgia Dietetic Association 2004
Outstanding Dietetics Educator for Region III of American Dietetic Association American Dietetic Association 2004
Teacher of the Year Department of Foods and Nutrition 1996, 2003, 2008
Advisor of the Year Department of Foods and Nutrition 1999, 2002, 2010, 2012,2013,2016
Faculty Advisor of the Year College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2014,2016
Distinguished Service by a Researcher Award Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2015

Journal Articles

Lin, Z., Fischer, J., & Wicker, L. (2016). Intermolecular binding of blueberry pectin-rich fractions and anthocyanins. Food Chemistry, 194, 986-993.

Myles, T., Starr, K.N.P., Johnson, K.B., Lee, J.S., Fischer, J.G., & Johnson, M.A. (2016). Food insecurity and eating behavior relationships among congregate meal participants in Georgia. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 35, 32-42.

Porter Starr K.N., Fischer J.G., Johnson M.A. (2014) Eating behaviors, mental health, and food intake are associated with obesity in older congregate meal participants. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 33. [DOI: 10.1080/21551197.2014.965375].

*Amato, P., Young, R.L., Steinberg, F.M., Murray, M.J., Lewis, R.D., Cramer, M.A., Barnes, S., Ellis, K.J., Shypailo, R.J., Fraley, J.K., Konzelmann, K.L., Fischer, J.G., LaSalle, C., Smith, E.O., Wong, W.W. (2013) Effect of soy isoflavone supplementation on menopausal quality of life. Menopause, 20.4. [doi: 10.1097/gme.0b013e318275025e].

Fischer, J. G., Johnson, M. A., Lee, J. S. (2014). Nutrition and Health Eating in Older Adulthood. In Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion, 2nd Edition, T. P. Gullotta and M. Bloom (Ed.), Springer Reference: New York, pp 2053-2062.

Fischer, J.G. (2013). Healthy Diet Throughout Adulthood In The CRC Handbook of Nutrition and Food, 3rd Edition. C.D. Berdanier, J. Dwyer and D. Heber (Eds.), CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL, pp. 337-346.

Amato, P., Young, R.L., Steinberg, F.M., Murray, M.J., Lewis, R.D., Cramer, M.A., Barnes, S., Ellis, K.J., Shypailo, R.J., Fraley, J.K., Konzelmann, K.L., Fischer, J.G., LaSalle, C., Smith, E.O., Wong, W.W. (2013) Effect of soy isoflavone supplementation on menopausal quality of life. Menopause, 20.4. [doi: 10.1097/gme.0b013e318275025e]

Fischer, J.G. (2012) Nutrition for Older Adults.  In J. Rippe, M.A. Waite (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health, SAGE Publishers.

Kim, M., Fischer, J. G., Hung, Y.-C. (2012). Effect of reconstituted apple juice with alkaline electrolyzed water on cell proliferation and apoptosis of HT-29 cells. Journal of Food and Drug Analysis. 20, 301-304.

Hausman, D., Fischer, J. G., Johnson, M. A. (2012). Protein, lipid, and hematological biomarkers in centenarians:  definitions, interpretation and relationships with health. Maturitas, 71, 205-12. [DOI:10.1016/j.maturitas.2011.12.002]

Porter, K.N., Fischer, J.G., Johnson, M.A. (2011) Improved physical function and physical activity in older adults following a community-based intervention: Relationships with a history of depression. Maturitas, 70, 290-294.

Hausman, D.B., Fischer, J.G., Johnson, M.A. (2011) Nutrition in centenarians. Maturitas, 68, 203-209.

Teems, J., Hausman, D.A., Fischer, J.G., Lee, J.S., Johnson, M.A. (2011) Older Adults Attending Georgia Senior Centers Increase Preventive Behaviors for Falls and Fractures Following a Community-Based Intervention. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 30, 72-85.

Steinberg, F.M., Murray, M.J., Lewis, R.D., Cramer, M.A., Amato, P., Young, R.L., Barnes, S., Konzelmann, K.L., Fischer, J.G., Ellis, K.J., Shypailo, R.J., Fraley, J.K., Smith, E.O., Wong, W.W. (2011) Clinical outcomes of a 2-y soy isoflavone supplementation in menopausal women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 91,1-12.

 Lee, J.S., Fischer, J.G., Johnson, M.A. (2010) Food Insecurity, Food and Nutrition Programs, and Aging: Experiences from Georgia. Journal of Nutrition For the Elderly, 29, 116-149.

Clune, A., Fischer, J.G., Lee, J.S., Reddy, S., Johnson, M.A., Hausman, D.B. (2010) Prevalence and predictors of recommendations to lose weight in overweight and obese older adults in Georgia Senior centers. Preventive Medicine, 51, 27-30.

Penn, D M., Fischer, J.G., Lee, J.S., Hausman, D. B., Johnson, M.A.. (2009) High BMI and Waist Circumference are Associated with a High Prevalence of Comorbidities in Older Americans Act Programs in Georgia Senior Centers.  Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 13, 827-832.  

Wong, W.W., Lewis, R.D., Steinberg, F.M., Murray, M.J., Cramer, M.A., Amato, P., Young, R.L.,  Barnes, S., Ellis, K.J., Shypailo, R.J., Fraley, J.K., Konzelmann, K.L., Fischer, J.G., Smith, E.O. for the OPUS study. (2009) Soy isoflavone supplementation and bone mineral density in menopausal women: a two-year multicenter clinical trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90, 1433-1439.

Bell, M., Lommel, T.,  Fischer, J.G.,  Lee, J.S.,  Reddy, S, Johnson, M.A. (2009) Improved recognition of heart attack and stroke symptoms after a community-based intervention for older adults, Georgia, 2006-2007.  Preventing Chronic Disease, 6, 11 pp.  http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2009/apr/08_0101.htm.    

Dulebohn, R.V., Yi, W., Srivastava, A., Akoh, C.C., Krewer, G., Fischer, J.G. (2008) Effects of blueberry (Vaccinium ashei) on DNA damage, lipid peroxidation, and Phase II Enzyme Activities in Rats. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 56, 11700-11706.

Fitzpatrick, S.E., Reddy, S., Lommel, T.S., Fischer, J.G., Speer, E.M., Stephens, H., Park, S., Johnson, M.A. for the Georgia Community Intervention. (2008) Physical activity and physical function improved following a community-based intervention in older adults in Georgia senior centers. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 27, 135-154.

Hendrix, S.J., Fischer, J.G., Reddy, S., Lommel, T.S., Speer, E.M., Stephens, H., Park, S., Johnson, M.A. for the Georgia Community Intervention. (2008) Fruit and vegetable intake and knowledge increased following a community-based intervention in older adults in Georgia senior centers. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 27, 155-178.

Speer, E.M., Reddy, S., Lommel, T.S., Fischer, J.G., Park, S., Johnson, M.A. for the Georgia Community Intervention. (2008) Diabetes self-management behaviors and A1c improved following a community-based intervention in older adults in Georgia senior centers. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 27, 179-200.

Park, S. Johnson, M.A., & Fischer, J.G. (2008) Vitamin and mineral supplements:barriers and challenges for older adults. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 27, 297-317.

Johnson, M.A., Fischer, J.G., & Park, S. (2008). Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency in the Georgia Older Americans Nutrition Program. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 27, 29-46.

Redmond, E. H., Burnett, S.M., Johnson, M.A., Park, S., Fischer, J.G., Johnson, T.J. (2007). Improvement in A1C levels and diabetes self-management activities following a nutrition and diabetes education program in older adults.  Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 26, 83-102 .

Sellers, T., Andress, A., Fischer, J.G., Johnson, M.A.  (2007)  Home food safety program for the Georgia Older Americans Act Nutrition Program.  Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 26, 103-122.

Srivastava A. Akoh, C.C., Fischer, J., Krewer, G. (2007) Effect of anthocyanin fractions from selected cultivars of Georgia-grown blueberries on apoptosis and phase II enzymes. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 55, 3180-3185.

Srivastava, A., Akoh, C.C., Yi, W., Fischer, J, & Krewer, G. (2007) Effect of storage conditions on biological activity of phenolic compounds of blueberry extract packed in glass bottles. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 55, 2705-2713.

Yi, W., Fischer, J., Krewer, G., Akoh, C.C. (2006) Absorption of anthocyanins from Blueberry extracts by caco-2 human intestinal cell monlayers. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 54, 5651-5658.

Yi, W., Akoh, C.C., Fischer, J., Krewer, G. (2006) Effects of phenolic compounds in blueberries and muscadine grapes on HepG2 cell viability and apoptosis. Food Research International, 39, 628-638.

Yi, W., Fischer, J., Akoh, C.C. (2005) Study of anticancer activities of muscadine grape phenolics in vitro. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 53, 8804-8812.

Yi, W., Fischer, J., Krewer, G., Akoh, C.C. (2005) Phenolic compounds from blueberries can inhibit colon cancer cell proliteration and induce apoptosis. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 53, 7320-7329.

Ellis, J., Johnson, M.A., Fischer, J.G., Hargrove, J.L. (2005) Nutrition and health education intervention for whole grain foods in the Georgia Older Americans Nutrition Program.  Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 24, 67-84.

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians Member, Appointed by Governor 2003-2013 Professional Regulation
American Dietetic Association Nutrition Across the Spectrum of Aging Expert 8 member Workgroup for Evidence Analysis Library Workgroup Member, Appointed 2008-2012 Evidence-based Research Review
American Dietetic Association Research Committee Member, Appointed 2004-2005 Committee Membership
American Dietetic Association Research Committee Chair, Appointed 2005-2006 Chair
Research Dietetic Practice Group of American Dietetic Association Chair, Elected Office 2003-2004 Chair
Edicational Affairs Committee, University of Georgia Member 2011-2014 Member

Books

Dattilo, A.M., & Fischer, J.G. (1994).  Nutrition Implications in Long Term Care.  Atlanta: Georgia Dietetic Association, 102 pp.