Jamie A. Cooper

Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Director of UGA Obesity Initiative


Dr. Cooper's research encompasses a number of areas ranging from human obesity to athletic performance. Her primary research interests are aimed at addressing metabolic and satiety hormone responses to different nutrients and/or exercise in humans. 

Human Nutrition Laboratory


FDNS 2050 - Introduction to Sport Nutrition and Wellness

FDNS 2050E- Introduction to Sport Nutrition and Wellness (Online course)

FDNS 6220/4220 - Nutrition in Physical Activity, Exercise, and Sport

FDNS 6230E - Current Issues in Sports Nutrition (Online course)

FDNS 8230 - Advanced Nutrition in Physical Activity, Exercise, and Sport

Faculty-led Education Abroad Program: Nutritional Tour of Italy

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Texas Tech University (TTU)/ Department of Nutritional Sciences Assistant Professor 6


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
CURO Research Mentoring Award University of Georgia 2020
Fellow The Obesity Society 2018
First Year Odyssey Seminar Program Teaching Award University of Georgia 2018
Undergraduate Research Mentor Award University of Georgia- Department of Family and Consumer Sciences 2018
Career Center Faculty Recognition Award for Student’s Career Development and Success University of Georgia 2017, 2016
Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award Nominee University of Georgia 2016
Office of Online Learning Faculty Fellows Cohort Program Selection University of Georgia 2015
Young Investigator Award Recent Advances and Controversies in Measuring Energy Metabolism (RACMEM) 2014
New Faculty Award TTU Alumni Association 2013
Favorite Professor Award TTU Dept. of Athletics 2013
Selected to the Teaching Academy Texas Tech University 2013
New Faculty Award College of Human Sciences at TTU 2013
Coach of the Year (Triathlon) TTU Intramural Sports Club Federation 2012
Faculty Grant Writing Competition Winner College of Human Sciences at TTU 2011
Favorite Professor Award TTU Dept. of Athletics 2011
Hemphill Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award Texas Tech University 2010
Outstanding Poster Award University of Wisconsin-Madison 2009
NIH Pre-Doctoral Training Grant Recipient University of Wisconsin-Madison 2006-2009

Areas of Expertise

Metabolism and Energy Balance

Hunger and Satiety

Holiday and Vacation Weight Gain

Sports Nutrition

Dietary Fats



The Complete Nutrition Guide for Triathletes. 2012.  Written by Jamie A. Cooper, PhD.  Falcon Guides: An Imprint of Globe Poquet Press. ISBN: 978-0-7627-8104-1

101 Sports Medicine Tips/Facts: Vol. 1 – Understanding the Basics.  Monterey, CA: Healthy Learning.  Chapter 6: Sports Nutrition written by Patricia Deuster, PhD, and Jamie Cooper, MS.  Editors: Boden B., O’Connor F., and Wilder R. ISBN-10: 1585180556   ISBN-13: 978-1585180554

Sports Nutrition: Vitamins and Trace Elements, 2nd ed.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. Chapter 13: Choline written by Patricia Deuster, PhD and Jamie Cooper, MS.  Editors: Driskell, Judy A and Wolinsky, Ira. 2005 ISBN-10: 084933022X  ISBN-13: 978-0849330223

Patricia Deuster, Steven Maier, Vincent Moore, Jamie (Cooper) Paton, Rita Simmons, and Kenneth Vawter.  Dietary Supplements and Military Divers. A Synopsis for Undersea Medical Officers.  Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. January, 2004. http://www.usuhs.mil/mem/hpl/DietarySupplementUMO.pdf

Current Research

My research lab is currently examining the metabolic and endocrine responses to high-fat meals or diets of varying fatty acid composition in normal weight and obese women. We are particularly interested in fat metabolism and hunger and satiety hormone responses to these meals or diets.

Journal Articles

Selected (2014-Present)

L.L. Guarneiri, C.M. Paton, and J.A. Cooper. Pecan-enriched diets improve cholesterol profiles and triglycerides in adults at-risk for cardiovascular disease in a randomized, controlled trial. Journal of Nutrition. 2021. In Press.

L.L. Guarneiri, M.O. Spaulding, A.R. Marquardt, J.A. Cooper, and C.M. Paton. Acute consumption of pecans decreases angiopoietin-like protein-3 in healthy males. Nutrition Research. 2021. In Press.

S. Bhutani, M.R. vanDellen, L.B. Haskins and J.A. Cooper. Energy balance-related behavior risk pattern and its correlates during COVID-19 related home confinement. Frontiers in Nutrition. 2021, In Press.

S. Bhutani, J.A. Cooper, and M.R. vanDellen. Self-reported changes in energy balance behaviors during COVID-19 related home confinement: A Cross-Sectional Study. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2021, In Press.

S. Bhutani, M.R. vanDellen, and J.A. Cooper. Longitudinal weight gain and related risk behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic in adults in the US. Nutrients. 2021; 13:671- 685. PMID: 33669622.

J.A. Cooper, M.R. vanDellen, and S. Bhutani. Self-Weighing Practices and Associated with Health Behaviors during COVID-19 and Related Home Confinement. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2021; 45(1):17-30. PMID: 33402235.

L.L. Guarneiri and J.A. Cooper. Long-term nut intake does not lead to weight gain, independent of dietary substitution instructions: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. Advances in Nutrition. 2020. In Press. PMID: 32945861.

S. Bhutani and J.A. Cooper. COVID-19 related home confinement in adults: weight gain risks and opportunities. Obesity. 2020, In Press. 

CM. Paton, Y. Son, R. Vaughan, and J.A. Cooper. Free fatty acid-induced Peptide YY expression in L-cells occurs via Xbp1 splicing. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2020; 21(9). PMID: 32397573.

N.H. Knudsen, K.J. Stanya, A.L. Hyde, M.M. Chalon, R.K. Alexander, Y.Liou, M.R. Gangl, D. Jacobi, S. Liu, V. Narkar, C.M. Paton, J.A. Cooper, and C. Lee. Interleukin 13 Drives Metabolic Conditioning of Muscle to Endurance Exercise. Science. 2020; 368 (6490). PMID: 32355002.

Y. Son, J.M. Cox, J.L. Stevenson, J.A. Cooper, and C.M. Paton. Angiopoietin-1 protects 3T3-L1 pre-adipocytes from saturated fatty acid-induced cell death. Nutrition Research. 2020; 76: 20-28. PMID: 32146252

A.R. Marquardt, K.R. Lewandowski, C.M. Paton, and J.A. Cooper. Comparison of Postprandial Metabolic and Antioxidant Responses to a Meal with and without Pecans. Journal of Functional Foods. 2019; 62: 1-9.

L. Rodrigues, J.A. Cooper, and C.M. Paton. Acute Consumption of Black Walnuts Increases Fullness and Decreases Lipid Peroxidation in Humans. Nutrition Research. 2019; 71: 56-64. PMID: 31757635.

M. Houston, M. vanDellen, and J.A. Cooper. Self-Weighing Frequency and its Relationship with Health Measures. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2019; 43(5): 975-993. PMID: 31439103.

S. Kaviani, M. vanDellen, and J.A. Cooper. Daily Self-Weighing to Prevent HolidayAssociated Weight Gain in Adults: a randomized control trial. Obesity. 2019; 27(6): 908- 16. PMID: 31119881.

K. Polley, N.J. Oswell, R.B. Pegg, and J.A. Cooper. Exercise and Tart Cherry Effects on Postprandial Antioxidant Capacity and Triglyceride Levels Following High-Fat Meal Consumption. Applied Physiology, Metabolism, and Nutrition. 2019; In Press. PMID: 30917287

S. Kaviani, C.M. Taylor, J.L. Stephenson, J.A. Cooper, and C.M. Paton. A 7-day high PUFA diet reduces angiopoientin-like 3 and 8 responses and postprandial triglyceride levels in healthy females but not males: a randomized control trial. BMC Nutrition. 2019, 5:1.

K. Polley, F. Kamal, C.M. Paton, and J.A. Cooper. Appetite Responses to High-Fat Diets Rich in Mono-unsaturated versus Poly-unsaturated Fats. Appetite. 2018; 134: 172- 181. PMID: 30550892

K. Polley, N.J. Oswell, R.B. Pegg, C.M. Paton, and J.A. Cooper. Changes in lipid profiles following a high-fat diet rich in cottonseed oil versus olive oil. Nutrition Research. 2018; 60: 43-53. PMID: 30527259

K. Polley, M. Miller, M. Johnson, R. Vaughan, C.M. Paton, and J.A. Cooper. Metabolic Responses to High-Fat Diets Rich in Mono-unsaturated versus Polyunsaturated Fats. British Journal of Nutrition. 2018. 120, 13-22.

S. Kaviani, D.A. Schoeller, E. Ravussin, E.L. Melanson, S.T. Henes, L.R. Dugas, R.E. Dechert, G. Mitri, P.F. Schoffelen, P. Gubbels, A. Tornberg, S. Fritzdorf, M. Akkermans, and J.A. Cooper. Determining the Accuracy and Reliability of Indirect Calorimeters Utilizing the Methanol Combustion Technique. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2018; 33(2): 206-216.

A.M. Coughlin, P.R. Nagelkirk, J.A. Cooper, C.M. Paton, K.H. Friderici, B.A. Wingerd, J.M. Pivarnik, and C.J. Womack. The influence of tissue plasminogen activator I/D polymorphism on the tPA response to exercise. International Journal of Exercise Science. 2018; 11(3):1136-1144. PMID: 30338017.

J.L. Stevenson, C.M. Paton and J.A. Cooper. Hunger and satiety responses to high-fat meals after a high polyunsaturated fat diet. Nutrition. 2017; 41:14-23.

S. Krishnan, L. Steffen, C.M. Paton, and J.A. Cooper.  Impact of dietary fat composition on prediabetes – a 12-year follow up study. Public Health Nutrition. 2017; 20(9):1617-1626.

S. Kaviani and J.A. Cooper. Appetite responses to different dietary fatty acid compositions in high-fat meals or diets. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2017; 71(10):1154-65.

K.R. Hawkins, S. Krishnan, L. Ringos, V. Garcia, and J.A. Cooper. Running performance with nutritive and non-nutritive sweetened mouth rinses. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 2017; 17:1-23.

J.L. Stevenson, M.K. Miller, H.E. Skillman, C.M. Paton, and J.A. Cooper.  A PUFA-rich diet improves fat oxidation following saturated fat-rich meals: a randomized trial. European Journal of Nutrition. 2017; 56(6):1845-1857.

J.A. Cooper and T.N. Tokar. A prospective study on vacation weight gain in adults. Physiology and Behavior. 2016; 156: 43-47.

R. Vaughan, R. Garrison, A. Stamatikos, M. Kang, J.A. Cooper, and C.M. Paton. A high linoleic acid diet does not induce inflammation in mouse liver or adipose tissue. Lipids. 2015; 50(11): 1115-22.

J.L. Stevenson, H.C. Clevenger, and J.A. Cooper. Hunger and Satiety responses to high-fat meals of varying fatty acid composition in women with obesity. Obesity. 2015; 23(10):1980-6.

J.L. Stevenson, A. Stamatikos, S. Krishnan, M. Inigo, J. Gonzales, and J.A. Cooper. Echinacea-Based Dietary Supplement Does Not Increase Maximal Aerobic Capacity in Endurance-Trained Men and Women. Journal of Dietary Supplements. 2015; 13(3): 324-8.

H. Chang, J.A. Stevenson, and J.A. Cooper. Metabolic responses to dietary fatty acids in obese women. Physiology and Behavior. 2015; 139: 73-79.

S. Krishnan, T.N. Tokar, M. Boylan, K. Griffin, D. Feng, L. McMurry, C. Esperat, and J.A. Cooper. Zumba dance improves physical fitness in overweight and obese women. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2015; 39(1):109-120.

A. Pohlmeier, J. Phy, M. Boylan, P. Watkins, J. Spallholz, K. Harris, and J.A. Cooper. A low insulinemic diet improves fat oxidation in overweight and obese women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 2014; 39(11): 1237-1244.

J.A. Cooper. Factors Affecting Circulating Levels of Peptide YY in Humans. Nutrition Research Reviews. 2014; 27(1): 186-197.

H. Chang, A. Kozimor, C.M. Paton, and J.A. Cooper. Acute effect of dietary fatty acid composition on postprandial metabolism in women.  Experimental Physiology. 2014; 99(9): 1182-1190.

N. Gilinsky, K.R. Hawkins, T.N. Tokar, and J.A. Cooper. Variables Associated with Half-Ironman Triathlon Performance. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2014; 17(3): 300-305.

S. Krishnan and J.A. Cooper. Effect of dietary fatty acid composition on substrate utilization and body weight maintenance in humans.  European Journal of Nutrition. 2014; 53(3): 691-710.

H. Chang, E. Simonsick, L. Ferrucci, and J.A. Cooper. Determining validity of the body adiposity index in an elderly population. Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences. 2014; 69(9): 1069-1075.

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