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Alison Clune Berg

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Extension and Outreach, Foods and Nutrition

Professor and Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist

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

alisoncberg@uga.edu

706-542-3773

workFax: 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 Extension education programs to improve nutrition behavior for the prevention and management of chronic disease, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. 

Teaching

As I do not have a formal teaching assignment, my teaching primarily consists of guest lectures for the department and graduate student supervision of research.  As an Extension Specialist, I provide regular training and education for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents across the state of Georgia.

FDNS 7000/9000 - "Masters/Doctoral Research," Instructor of RecordFall 2015 - Present

FDNS 7300 - "Masters Thesis Research," Instructor of Record, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

FDNS 6240 - “Nutrition and Obesity Across the Lifespan” (Lecture), Assistant to instructor—Mary Ann Johnson, PhD                      Fall 2014

  • 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

KINS/FDNS 4700/6700 (Lecture and Experiential Learning)“Weight Management Coaching” Guest lecturer and assistant to instructor—to Ellen M. Evans, PhD,   Spring 2014   

  • 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 

FDNS 3600/L - “Food Principles”  (Lecture and Laboratory) Graduate Teaching Assistant—to Lecturer Tracey Brigman, PhD, RD, 2007 – 2009

  • 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

FDNS 3610/L  - “Quantity Food Production” (Lecture and Laboratory) Graduate Teaching Assistant—to Lecturer Tracey Brigman, PhD, RD, 2007 – 2009       

  • 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

Nutrition Educator: Live Healthy Georgia, Take Charge of Your Health Georgia!, Newton County Senior Center—Covington, GA, 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

UGA Guest Lectures:

  • FDNS 2100, Human Nutrition and Food. Lecture title: “100+ years of education, research, service and outreach. Introduction to Foods and Nutrition.” Fall and Spring Semesters, 2016 – 2019
  • FDNS 4660/6660, Food and Nutrition Education Methods. Lecture title, “Nutrition Education for Older Adults” Fall and Spring Semesters, 2015 – 2019
  • FHCE 1110, Consumers in Our Society. Lecture title: “Consumer Issues in Food.” Fall 2018
  • FDNS 8530, Nutrition and Disease Process I. Lecture title: “Nutrition for Cancer Prevention.” Fall 2018
  • FDNS 4540/6540, Public Health Dietetics. Lecture title, “Nutrition and Health Education and Research.” Spring 2018
  • FDNS/KINS 4700/6700, Weight Management Coaching. Lecture titles, “Dietary Guidelines,” “Fads and Resources,” and “Evidence-based nutrition strategies for weight management.” Fall 2017
  • FDNS/TXMI/CHFD/HACE/FACS 2000, Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences.  Lecture title: “Using Technology in Nutrition Education, Communication, and Research.” Fall 2014, Fall 2017
  • KINS 2500, Exercise is Medicine. Lecture title: “General Nutrition for Health Professionals; Dietary Supplements.” Fall 2015
  • FYOS 1001, Fast Food – Views and Perceptions of Millennial Students. Lecture title, “Nutritional contributions of fast foods.” Fall 2015
  • ANTH 3541, Anthropology of Eating. Lecture title, “Nutrition Education for Obesity and Diabetes Prevention and Treatment.” Fall 2015
  • KINS 3500, Personal Training. Lecture titles, "Nutrition for Weight Management: the Dietary Guidelines," trends in weight management, practical tips, Spring 2015
  • KINS 4700, Weight Management Coaching, February 24 - March 5, 2015
  • KINS 3500, Personal Training. Lecture titles, "Supplementation and Health", April 7, 2015
  • FYOS 1001, First Year Odyssey, Psychology of Aging, Lecture title, "Nutrition in Aging and Mental Health," Fall 2013, Fall 2014.
  • FDNS 4600/6600, Food Policy, Lecture title, "Food Allergy: from research to practice to policy and back." February 7th and 10th 2014

Prior Professional Positions

Organization 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
Mary W. Wells Diversity Award (Beltran I and Berg A) – 3rd Place in Southern Extension Region, 1st place in Georgia National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences 2019
Educational Curriculum Package Award (Beltran I and Berg A) – 3rd Place in Southern Extension Region, 1st Place in Georgia National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences 2019
Family Health and Wellness Award (Berg A and 34 Extension team members) - 3rd Place Georgia Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences 2019
Outstanding Support by Family and Consumer Sciences State Faculty/Staff Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents 2019
Excellence in Healthy Living Programs Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents 2018
Community Partnership Award (Rupured M, Aaron LA, Andress E, Bales D, Berg A, Bentley R, et al.) – 1st Place in Georgia Georgia Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences 2018
School Wellness Award (Holland K, Davis S, Parker M, Hubbard R, Price R, Berg A) - 2nd Place Georgia Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences 2017
Family Health and Wellness Team Award (Holland K, Davis S, Parker M, Hubbard R, Price R, Berg A) - 1st Place Georgia Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences 2017
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

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Georgia Clinical Translational Science Alliance, Community Engagement Core Committee Committee Member 2019 - Present Professional
Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Healthy Aging Committee Chair-Elect 2019-2020 Professional
Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Treasurer 2016-2018 Professional
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

Outreach

As an Extension Specialist, I provide regular education and training to our UGA Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents, and oversee nutrition and health programs delivered in the community, such as Cooking for a Lifetime of Cancer Prevention, The National Diabetes Preventioin Program, Walk-a-Weigh, and Right Bite Diabetes Cooking Schools.

I also support the activities of 4-H Youth Development through training and support of Extension 4-H  and Family and Consumer Science Agents and 4-H'ers themselves. 

See my CV for a full list of programs, trainings, and 4-H support.

Selected Trainings for Extension Agents (See CV for full listing)

  • Nutrition & Weight Management: Spotlight on Fad Diets, 4 Extension Districts, 2.5 hours per district (10 hours), total participants: 60, Feb 26, Feb 28, May 14, May 23, 2019.
  • Enhancing the Scholarship in Extension. Collaboration with D Bales and C Mull. Each training 16 hours. Participants: cohort of 8 selected 4-H and FACS Extension Agents per training.
    • Publishing Your Work. Eatonton, GA, March 27 – 29, 2019.
    • Preparing Manuscripts, reporting to stakeholders.  Eatonton, GA, Sep 18 – Sep 20, 2018.
    • Literature review, creating manuscripts.  Eatonton, GA, Jun 4 – Jun 8, 2018. 
    • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data. Eatonton, GA, Mar 26 – Mar 28, 2018. 
    • Introduction to the research process and methodology. Athens, GA, Sep 18 - 20, 2017. 
  • Cancer Prevention: Two Extension programs that work. (Invited). Coordinator/Co-Presenter: C Rafie, PhD, RDN, Virginia Cooperative Extension. 31 participants, 0.75 hrs, online, Feb 7, 2019.
  • Program Development in Chronic Disease and Healthy Lifestyles for Family and Consumer Sciences Agents, 50 participants, 1.5 hrs., Athens, GA, Jan 16, 2019.
  • Foundations in Chronic Disease and Healthy Lifestyles for New Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents, New course prep in 2015. Revised annually. 6 participants, 2 sessions, 5 hrs., face-to-face and synchronous online, Athens, GA, Oct 23, 2018; Teaching evaluations: 4.9/5.0.
  • Trends and Updates in Nutrition and Health: New Blood Pressure Guidelines, Whole Milk Dairy: health or hype, and updates in colorectal cancer prevention. Scope: State, 41 participants, 2 hrs. per session, online. Aug 16 and 17, 2018.
  • Great and Glorious Grains. Collaboration with E Andress, PhD, Extension Food Safety Specialist, 31 participants, 3 hrs., Eatonton, GA, Jan 24, 2018.
  • Foundations in Chronic Disease and Healthy Lifestyles for New FACS Extension Agents. 13 participants, 2 sessions, 5 hrs., face-to-face and synchronous online, Athens, GA, Oct 5, 2017; Teaching evaluations: 5.0/5.0.
  • Cardiovascular Disease and Dietary Fats. 4 Extension Districts, 2 hours per district (8 hours), total participants for four trainings: 60, Aug 10, Aug 22, Sep 7, Sep 28, 2017. 
  • Cancer Prevention: Empowering Communities in the Rural South Agent and Supervisors Training, 20 participants, 2 sessions, 8 hrs., Athens, GA, Jan 31 and Feb 1, 2017. 

Selected Trainings for Other Professional Audiences (See CV for full listing)

  • Still C, Berg A (2018). Smarter Lunchrooms Training. Introduction to behavioral economic techniques to improve food choices among school meals consumers. Presented to Taliaferro Co Schools School Nutrition Employees, 45 min, face-to-face, Crawfordville, GA, Mar 21, 2018.
  • Price R. (Editor: Berg) (2018). Nutrition and Cardiovascular Disease. Adapted from Trends and Updates Training and Choosing the Right Fats for training of Georgia Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers, 8 – 12th grade. Presented at GATFACS 2018, Jan, Atlanta, GA.
  • Roberts A (Editor: Berg) (2017). What's Sweet about the New Nutrition Label? Adapted from Changes Nutrition Label (Berg A, 2016) for training of Georgia FACS Teachers, 8 – 12th grade. Presented at GACTE 2017, Jul, Atlanta, GA and GATFACS, 2018, Jan, Atlanta, GA.
  • Berg, A, Lee J, Sattler E, Walker T (2016). Applying Dietary Guidelines and Maximizing Nutrition Assistance for Improved Medication Adherence in Older Patients. Professional Continuing Education developed for Georgia Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Continuing Education Training (1 hour CE credit). Medium: Distance (online) education. Retrieved from https://www.rxugace.com/programs/details/999-DGA-SNAP

Areas of Expertise

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

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.

Current Research

Our research falls under the umbrella of exploring the effectiveness of the Extension model to enhance knowledge and facilitate healthy behavior change across the lifespan.  Specifically, we focus on the impact of UGA Extension's Cooking for a Lifetime of Cancer Prevention on cancer preventive lifestyle behaviors and screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer among urban and rural Georgians and exploring the relationship of program implementation factors on outcomes.  Newer research includes exploring feasability and acceptability of the National Diabetes Prevention Program in UGA Extension and the impact on diet quality, physical activity, and physical function among middle-aged and older participants, and the relationship of health insurance status and preventative care behaviors on participant outcomes.

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

Job Description

As a State Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist, I lead nutrition and health 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 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. 

View Dr. Berg's Faculty Focus Page

Journal Articles

  • King E, Moore C, Wilson H, Harden S, Davis M, Berg A (2019). Mixed methods evaluation of implementation and outcomes in a community-based cancer prevention intervention. BMC Public Health;19:1051. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7315-y.
  • Berg AC.  Healthy Weight. [New Resources for Nutrition Educators]. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (accepted, forthcoming). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2019.06.013.
  • Rivera-Gonzalez N, Berg A, Grossman B, Hartzell D, Giraudo S (2019).  Nutrition Intervention to Hispanic Groups: Pilot Studies of Children and Families.  Ecology of Food and Nutrition. https://doi.org/10.1080/03670244.2019.1591954. PubMed PMID: 30905188.
  • Moore C, Williams T, Berg A, Durward C (2019).  An evaluation of inter-coder and intra-coder reliability for 24-hour dietary recall data.  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2019.01.005. PubMed PMID: 30737095
  • Berg AC, Johnson KB, Straight CR, Reed RA, O'Connor PJ, Evans EM, Johnson MA.  Flexible Eating Behavior Predicts Greater Weight Loss Following a Diet and Exercise Intervention in Older Women. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr. 2018 Jan-Mar;37(1):14-29. doi: 10.1080/21551197.2018.1435433. Epub 2018 Mar 1. PubMed PMID: 29494790.
  • Smith ML, Durrett NK, Bowie M, Berg A, McCullick BA, LoPilato AC, MurrayD. (2017). Individual- versus group-based engagement in an online physical activity monitoring program in Georgia. Preventing Chronic Disease, (in-press).
  • Yli-Piipari S, Berg A, Laing EM, Hartzell DL, Parris KO, Udwadia J, Lewis RD. A Twelve-Week Lifestyle Program to Improve Cardiometabolic, Behavioral, and Psychological Health in Hispanic Children and Adolescents. J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Feb;24(2):132-138. doi: 10.1089/acm.2017.0130. Epub 2017 Oct 10. PubMed PMID: 29017015.
  • 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.

Publications

Selected Extension Publications (See CV for full listing):

  • Koonce, J, Berg A, Chatterjee S, Turner P, (2017). Health Insurance: What You Should Know About Preventative Health Care (Circular 1120). Athens, GA: UGA Extension. Retrieved from http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=C1120
  • Crawley C, Hanula G, Berg A. (2016). Breastfeeding: A Mother's Special Gift, Article in: Futris, T. G. A Guide for New Parents (Publication No. CHFD-E-86). Available at: https://www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/guide-for-new-parents
  • Winston H, Wilson H, Berg A. (2018) Everything you need to know about coconut oil. (FDNS-E-175-3). 2 p. 
  • Norris K, Berg A.  (2016) What to Know About Added Sugars (FDNS-E-173-37). 1 p. 
  • Berg A (2016) Body Weight in Older People (FDNS-E-89-112) 3 p. 
  • Lower literacy version: Berg A (2016) Body Weight in Older People (FDNS-E-89-112a). 2 p. 
  • Berg A, Wilson H. (2016, Revised 2018).  BMI and Cancer (FDNS-E-170-1). 2 p.
  • Wilson H, Berg A. (2018) Prevent Cancer: Eat Plants (FDNS-170-9). 2 p.
  • Wilson H, Berg A. (2018) Cancer Prevention Lifestyle Guidelines (FDNS-E-170-10). 1 p.
  • Selph E, Wilson H*, Berg A. (2016, revised 2018). Choosing the Best Whole Grain Bread (FDNS –E-170-4). 2 p.
  • Selph E, Wilson H*, Crawley C, Berg A. (2016, revised 2018). Choosing the Best Whole Grain Tortilla (FDNS –E-170-5).  2 p.
  • Crawley C, Selph E, Berg A. (significant revisions 2016, 2018).  Let’s Get Cooking: slim down on salt and sugar and trim the fat (FDNS-E-170-2). 1 p.
  • Crawley C, Selph E, Berg A. (significant revisions 2016, 2018).  Let’s Get Moving: how to start being more physically active (FDNS-E-170-3). 1 p.

  • Diabetes Life Lines Newsletters – Quarterly newsletter for families living with diabetes.  Each issue includes 2 – 4 articles. All coauthors are graduate students and/or dietetic interns (exception:  J Harrison, Vol. 31, No. 3). All newsletters are published online at: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/news/tag/diabetes+life+lines:
    • Diabetes Life Lines Newsletter, Vol 33, No. 2. (2019): 
      • Ragan T & Berg A. Write It Down to Lose It - Weight That Is!
      • Sanders H & Berg A. Way 2 Go H20!
      • Wilson H (Editor: Berg A).  Setting SMART Goals to Improve Health Behaviors
    • Diabetes Life Lines Newsletter, Vol 33, No. 1. (2019): 
      • Sanders H & Berg A. Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions
      • Sanders H & Berg A. New Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2018
      • Wilson H (Editor: Berg A).  Protecting Your Feet
    • ​Diabetes Life Lines Newsletter, Vol 32, No. 4. (2018):  
      • Sanders H & Berg A.  Weight Loss Surgery and Diabetes: Is it right for you?
      • Sanders H & Berg A.  Diet After Weight Loss Surgery
      • Sanders H (Editor: Berg A).  Traveling with Diabetes
    • Diabetes Life Lines Newsletter, Vol 32, No. 3. (2018)
      • Wilson H & Berg A. New Blood Pressure Guidelines.
      • Wilson H (Editor: Berg A). Back to School: Guidance for parents of children with diabetes.
      • Wilson H (Editor: Berg A).  American Diabetes Association Resources.
    • Diabetes Life Lines Newsletter, Vol 32, No. 2. (2018)
      • Wilson H (Editor: Berg A).  Take advantage of the spring season by being active
      • Wilson H & Berg A.  The Keto Diet Could Mean Danger for People with Diabetes
      • Wilson H & Berg A. Ways to Minimize Blood Sugar Spikes When Eating Carbohydrates
    • Diabetes Life Lines Newsletter, Vol 32, No. 1. (2018)
      • Wilson H & Berg A.  The Many Roles of Fiber and Diabetes
      • Wilson H & Berg A.  Whole Grains: A Best Friend for Anyone With Diabetes
      • Wilson H & Berg A.  Tips for Getting More Fiber When Eating Out

Other selected popular press:

Working Papers

  • Berg A, Turner P, Koonce J, Chatterjee S, Wilson H, Burton D, Bentley R, Davis S, Dekle M, Smith L, Stewart R. Increasing Cancer Awareness and Screenings in Rural Communities: An innovative Two Stage Program Design for Impact. Submitted to Journal of the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • Berg A, Bales D, Mull C. Perceptions of Scholarship Among County-Based Extension Faculty.  Submitted to the Journal of Higher Education, Outreach, and Engagement.
  • Selph E, Moore C, Wilson H, Harden S, Davis M, Berg A. Mixed methods evaluation of implementation and outcomes in a community-based cancer prevention intervention. Submitted to BMC Public Health.
  • Harden S, Washburn L, Berg A, Pena-Purcell N, Norman-Burgdolf H, Franz N.  A Pathway for Cooperative Extension to Impact Public Health: Process and preliminary outcomes of a facilitated approach to bridge research to practice. Submitted to Journal of Human Sciences in Extension.
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