Richard Dana Lewis, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

UGA Foundation Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences

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

E-Mail:

workOffice Phone: 706-542-4901

Fax: 706-542-5059

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
PhD Human Nutrition Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1986
MS Foods and Nutrition The University of Georgia 1978
BS Psychology The University of Georgia 1975

Research

Dr. Lewis is Director of the Bone & Body Composition Laboratory at The University of Georgia and serves as principal investigator for research projects focused on osteoporosis prevention, primarily targeting pediatric populations. His laboratory investigates the roles of macro- (protein) and micronutrients (vitamin D, zinc), physical activity, and obesity on bone development during growth. Because obese children are at greater risk for fractures than normal weight children, his team examines the impact of obesity and associated cardiometabolic risks on bone quality. He utilizes numerous imaging instruments to assess bone quality such as dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The goal of his research is to discover relatively simple and inexpensive approaches to improve bone strength during growth and prevent osteoporotic fractures later in adulthood. For more information, see the Bone and Body Composition Laboratory.

Teaching

Dr. Lewis teaches both Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle (FDNS 4510/6510) and Medical Nutrition Therapy II (FDNS 4530/6530) courses each year. In Fall 2014, he taught Advanced Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (FDNS 8230).

Outreach

Dr. Lewis targets his outreach activities towards osteoporosis and obesity prevention in the community. He was founding co-chair and member of the Georgia Osteoporosis Initiative. The initiative has increased statewide public awareness of the disease, increased screening and helped professionals advance their efforts in osteoporosis prevention. Moreover, Dr. Lewis has been active with the Policy Leadership for Active Youth (PLAY) a collaborative between UGA, Georgia State University and Georgia Reagents University, with the aim of facilitating and supporting statewide activities for improving nutrition and promoting physical activity to prevent childhood obesity. Dr. Lewis has also conducted valuable service learning projects that highlight the necessity of connection with community, among them the “UGA/Food Bank of Northeast Georgia Hunger Project” and the “Breast Feeding Mentoring Project”, both of which provided dietetics students important learning opportunities in a real world setting. Currently, Dr. Lewis serves on the Board of Directors of the Athens Orthopedic Clinic William B. Mulherin Foundation for Health and Wellness, which provides resources to promote health and prevent obesity in patients and citizens of the Athens-Clarke and its surrounding counties.

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Nominee, Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics 2016
CURO Research Mentoring Award Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, UGA 2016
Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences, UGA 2016
Creswell Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association, UGA 2016
Finalist, Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award The University of Georgia (UGA) Graduate School 2016
Recognition for Student Career Development Career Development Center, UGA 2006,2007,2015
Nominee, CURO Research Mentoring Award Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, UGA 2014
UGA Foundation Professorship in Family and Consumer Sciences College of Family and Consumer Sciences, UGA 2012
Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Faculty Research Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences, UGA 2012
Nominee, Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching Award Program U.S. Department of Agriculture 2002,2009,2011
Nominee, Undergraduate Advisor of the Year The University of Georgia 2010
Undergraduate Advisor of the Year College of Family and Consumer Sciences, UGA 2010
Senior Teaching Fellow The University of Georgia 2010
Nominee, Distinguished Alumni Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association, UGA 2009,2010
Undergraduate Advisor of the Year Department of Foods and Nutrition, UGA 1995,1999,2010
Distinguished Teacher Award Gamma Sigma Delta, UGA 1999,2010
Nominee, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship The University of Georgia 2008,2009
Fellow American College of Sports Medicine 2000
International Fellow The University of Georgia 2000
Teacher of the Year College of Family and Consumer Sciences, UGA 1999
Teacher of the Year Department of Foods and Nutrition, UGA 1998

Journal Articles

Selected from 2014-Present

In Press:

Shade D.C., Park H.J., Hausman D., Hohos N., Meagher R.B., Kauwell G.P.A., Kilaru V., Lewis R.D., Smith, A.K., Bailey L. DNA methylation changes in whole blood and CD16+ neutrophils in response to chronic folic acid supplementation in women of childbearing age. 2017 International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, In Press.

Park H. J., Bailey L., Shade D., Hausman D., Hohos N., Meagher R.B., Kauwell G.P.A., Lewis R.D., Smith A. K. Distinctions in gene-specific changes in DNA methylation in response to folic acid supplementation between normal weight and obese women of childbearing age. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 2017, 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 Calcified Tissue International, 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.

Published:

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. J Bone Miner Res, 2017, 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, 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 in White and Black Children. 2016 J Clin Endocrinol Metab, Apr;101(4):1710-8.

Weaver C.M., Gordon C., Janz K., Kalkwarf H., Lappe J., Lewis R.D., O'karma M., Wallace T.C., Zemel B. The National Osteoporosis Foundation's Position Statement on Peak Bone Mass Development and Lifestyle Factors: A Systematic Review and Implementation Recommendations. 2016 Osteoporosis International, Apr;27(4):1281-386.

Higgins S., Straight C.R., Lewis, R.D. The Effects of Pre-Exercise Caffeinated-Coffee Ingestion on Endurance Performance: An Evidence-Based Review. 2016 Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. Jun;26(3):221-39.

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. (2016). Impact of gluten-containing foods on folate intake of women of childbearing age. The Digest. 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 Increases Procollagen Type 1 Amino-Terminal Propeptide in Premenarcheal Girls: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Nutrition, 2015 Dec;145(12):2699-704.

Kindler J.M., Lewis R.D., Hamrick M.W. Skeletal muscle and pediatric bone development. (2015). Current Opinion in Endocrinology and Diabetes, Dec;22(6):467-74.

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 (Invited Submission).

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., Laing E.M., Pollock N.K., 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. 2014 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 99(9):3240-6.

Berger P.K., Principe J.L., Laing E.M., Henley E.C., Pollock N.K., Taylor R.G., 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 Nutrition Research, 34:66-73.

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Editorial Board Member Medicine, Science, Sports and Exercise 2007-2009
Associate Editor Medicine, Science, Sports and Exercise 2002-2007
Editorial Board Member American College of Sports Medicine, Health and Fitness Journal 2002-2004

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
(List includes only present service)
National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development Chair 2016-Present Data Safety and Monitoring Board
National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Member 2016-Present Data Safety and Monitoring Board
UGA Center for Translational Research Unit Member 2016-Present Grants Review Committee
UGA Graduate School Member 2016-Present Dissertation Completion Awards Committee
University of Georgia Member 2016-Present University Review Committee
University of Georgia Member 2016-Present Fifth-Year Administrative Review Committee, Dean Fox
UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences Member 2016-Present Dean’s Advisory Committee
UGA Department of Foods and Nutrition Member 2016-Present Awards Committee
UGA Department of Foods and Nutrition Chair 2015-Present Graduate Committee
UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences Member 2014-Present Faculty Awards Committee
UGA Obesity Initiative Chair 2013-Present Bone and Fat Team
William B. Mulherin Foundation Member 2011-Present Board of Directors

Books

Books Edited or Co-Edited

2001, 2004      Invited Reviewer, Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle; Judith Brown, Wadsworth Publishing

Chapters in Books

Laing E.M. and Lewis R.D. Chapter 4: New concepts in vitamin D requirements for children and adolescents: a controversy revisited. (2017) In: Giustina and Bilezikian (Eds.) Frontiers in Hormone Research: Novel aspects of vitamin D in clinical medicine, Switzerland, Karger. In Preparation.

Lewis R.D., Laing E.M., Weaver C.M. & Chapter 41: Adolescence and Acquisition of Peak Bone Mass. (2017) In: Feldman D., Pike J.W., & Adams J.S. (Eds.) Vitamin D, Fourth Edition, San Diego, CA: Elsevier, Inc. In Press.

Lewis R.D., Kindler J.M., Laing E.M. Obesity, Insulin Resistance and Pediatric Bone (2016) In: Weaver C.M., et al. (Eds.) Nutritional Influences on Bone Health, London, Springer-Verlag. In Press and available via eBook.

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

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

Weaver, C.M., Laing, E.M., Lewis, R.D. (2011) Chapter 37: Adolescence- Acquisition of Peak Bone Mass. In: Vitamin D, 3rd Edition. Ed: Feldman, D. Elsevier, Inc, 657-677.

Shapses, S.A., Pollock, N.K., & Lewis, R.D. (2011) Obesity, Adipose Tissue, and Bone. In: Diet, Nutrients, and Bone Health. Ed: Klemmer, P.J. CRC Press.

Modlesky, C.M. & Lewis, R.D. (2000) Assessment of Body Size and Composition.  In C. Rosenbloom (Ed.), Sports Nutrition: A Guide for the Professional Working with Active People  (pp. 185-222) 3rd Edition. American Dietetic Association. Chicago, IL.

Lewis, R.D., Massoni, J., & Crawford, K. (2000) Nutrition Concerns, Knowledge and Recommendation of Coaches and Athletic Trainers. In I. Wolinsky and J. A. Driskell (Eds.), Nutritional Applications in Exercise and Sport (pp. 261-275) Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Inc.

Lewis,R. D. (1996)  Riboflavin and Niacin.  In J. A. Driskell & I. Wolinsky (Eds.), Handbook of Sports Nutrition: Vitamins and Trace Minerals (pp. 57-73) Boca Raton, FL:  CRC Press, Inc.

Working Papers

Wright C., Laing E., Williams J., Pollock N., Hausman D., Weaver C., Martin B., McCabe G., Peacock M., Warden S., Hill K., Lewis R. Vitamin D supplementation and muscle responses in early pubertal adolescents.

Berger P.K., Laing E.M., Pollock N.K., Baxter-Jones A.D.G., Daly R.M., Erlandson M.C., Lewis, R.D. From beam to bone: the effects of artistic gymnastics on skeletal health. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, In Preparation for Resubmission.

Kort L.J., Laing E.M., Pollock N.K., Lewis R.D. Former Collegiate Gymnasts Maintain Higher Bone Mineral Density After A 34-Year Retirement: A Twenty-year Follow-up.

Coheley L.M., Kindler J.M., Laing E.M., Oshri A., Hausman D.B., McCabe G.P., Martin B.R., Hill Gallant K.M., Warden S.J., Weaver C.M., Peacock M., Lewis R.D. Egg consumption and cortical bone outcomes in healthy black and white children

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