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Emma Laing

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutritional Sciences

Clinical Professor and Director of 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 expertise is 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.


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

In the News

Only select contributions are listed below. View curriculum vita for all media appearances.


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
(selected from 2016-present)
Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Teacher of the Year UGA College of FACS 2021
Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2021
Fellow Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2021
Fellow Active Learning Summer Institute 2021
Creswell Mentoring Award (2020) UGA FACS Alumni Association 2021
Student Career Development Recognition UGA Career Development Center 2015-2021
Distinguished Service for Media Excellence Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2020
Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017
Super-Includer Diversity Award UGA College of FACS 2016


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
(listing only current service activities)
Georgia Nutrition Council Historian 2021- State
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, NEHP (DPG) Communications Chair 2020- National
100+ Women Who Care Athens Member 2019- Local
Student Dietetic Association Faculty Advisor 2017- College
FDN Communications Committee Director 2015- 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

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View Dr. Laing's UGA Online Faculty Profile


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 2017-present

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.

Wright C., Laing E., Pollock N., Hausman D., Weaver C., Martin B., McCabe G., Peacock M., Warden S., Hill Gallant K., Lewis R. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and intact parathyroid hormone influence muscle outcomes in children and adolescents. 2018, J Bone Miner Res, Nov;33(11):1940-1947.

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. 2018, Osteoporosis International, Aug;29(8):1783-1791.

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. 2018 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Feb;24(2):132-138.

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, 101(5):479-488.

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. 2017 Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 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, 7;14:25.

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

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