Emma Laing

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutritional Sciences

Clinical Professor and Director of Dietetics

Emma Laing, PhD, RDN, FAND is a National Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


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 Clinical Nutrition Emory University Hospital 1997
B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics University of Delaware 1995


My research centers on determining the efficacy of non-diet approaches to improve health and well-being, and my courses likewise challenge diet culture and incorporate the deleterious effects of weight stigma on health. I also have decades of experience using imaging techniques for assessment of bone and body composition and employing dietary and physical activity interventions to reduce the risk of chronic disease, including osteoporosis.

In the News

View all media appearances on Emma Laing's Press Page

Featured articles:

  • Body Image: What It Is and How to Improve It, VeryWell Fit
  • Green tea may just be the world's healthiest drink, Men's Health
  • Professor challenges students on diet culture, UGA Today


I currently teach: Medical Nutrition Therapy I (NUTR 4500/6500), Medical Nutrition Therapy II (NUTR 4530/6530), Clinical Nutrition Interventions (NUTR 4520/6520), Dietetics Practicum (NUTR 5910), Nutrition and Disease Processes II (NUTR 8530), Professional Development in FDNS (NUTR 5900), and Uncomplicate Your Food: Intuitive Eating for Optimal Nutrition, Health and Well-being (FYOS 1001).


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
(Selected from 2017-present)
Professional Award of Excellence Georgia Nutrition Council 2022
Student Career Development Recognition UGA Career Development Center 2015-2022
Active Learning Leader UGA Center for Teaching and Learning 2021
Outstanding Teacher of the Year UGA College of FACS 2021
Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2021
Fellow Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2021
Creswell Mentoring Award (2020) UGA FACS Alumni Association 2021
Distinguished Service for Media Excellence Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2020
Outstanding Dietetic Educator Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
(Current service activities)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National Media Spokesperson 2022-present National
Georgia Nutrition Council Secretary 2022-present State
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, NEHP (DPG) Communications Chair 2020-present National
100+ Women Who Care Athens Member 2019-present Local
Student Dietetic Association Faculty Advisor 2017-present College
NUTR Communications Director 2015-present Department

Current Professional Affiliations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Association for Size Diversity and Health
Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Georgia Nutrition Council
Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association
Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors
Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals


Selected from 2013-present

Laing E.M. and Lewis R.D. New concepts in vitamin D requirements for children and adolescents: a controversy revisited. (2018) In: Giustina and Bilezikian (Eds.) Frontiers in Hormone Research: Vitamin D in clinical medicine, Vol 50, pp 42-65. Karger.

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, 4th Edition, pp 731–753. Elsevier, Inc. Available online.

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). 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 (pp. 359-371). CRC Press, Inc.

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, Springer-Verlag, 227-236.

Journal Articles

Selected from 2019-present

Cerminaro C, Sazonov E, McCrory M, Steiner-Asiedu M, Bhaskar V, Gallo S, Laing EM, Anderson AK, Feasibility of the Automatic Ingestion Monitor (AIM-2) for the assessment of infant feeding: a pilot study among breastfeeding mothers from Ghana, 2022 Public Health Nutrition.

Ishikawa Y., Laing EM, Anderson AK, Zhang D, Kindler J., Trivedi R., Sattler E. Adherence to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet is Associated with Low Levels of Insulin Resistance among Heart Failure Patients, 2022 Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases.

Ishikawa Y, Lewis R, Laing EM, Anderson AK, Zhang D, Quyyumi A, Dunbar S, Trivedi R., Sattler E, Prevalence and Trends of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Prediabetes among Community-Dwelling Heart Failure Patients in the United States, 2022 Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Feb;184:109191.

Kindler JM, Laing EM, Liu W, Dain JA, Lewis RD. Pentosidine is Associated with Cortical Bone Geometry and Insulin Resistance in Otherwise Healthy Children, J Bone Miner Res, 2019 Aug;34(8):1446-1450.

For a complete list of publications, visit this link in PubMed.

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