Jessica Joan Smith

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

Program Coordinator

172 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-3833

Fax: 706-542-5059


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
BA English The University of Georgia 2000

Areas of Expertise

Research Coordinator/Recruitment Coordinator   

  • Coordinate protocol, screening, scheduling, and testing of clinical research participants
  • Execute marketing and PR campaigns for the recruitment and retention of participants
  • Meet targeted enrollment/retention goals within time and budgetary guidelines
  • Manage data storage and entry for analysis

Laboratory Administrator

  • Set up offices and laboratory, including furnishings, renovations and installations for the new Child Nutrition Laboratory
  • Supervise and manage laboratory personnel, undergraduate and graduate students
  • Maintain compliance with UGA laboratory safety training and radiation safety protocols
  • Manage federal/private/state funded laboratory budgets
  • Assist in editing and submissions of grant proposals, theses, dissertations, abstracts, and peer-reviewed publications
  • Maintain modifications and continuing reviews with UGA Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects for all projects
  • Assist with drafting, submission and review process with UGA IRB for new research projects


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Nominee, Nettie Marie Nickols Outstanding Staff Award FACS, Department of Foods and Nutrition 2012
Nominee, Nettie Marie Nickols Outstanding Staff Award FACS, Department of Foods and Nutrition 2013


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
The University of Georgia Contributed to marketing, management of applicants, EOO protocol for Faculty Search Committee 2012 Professional
The University of Georgia Contributed to completion of FDN section of FACS Program Review 2011 Professional
The University of Georgia Certified Operator, Hologic Discovery A Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) Instrument 2011 Professional

Job Description

Jessica Smith has been employed in the Department of Foods and Nutrition since 2009. She first worked in Dr. Richard Lewis' Bone and Body Composition Laboratory as Recruitment and Research Coordinator for multiple NIH, USDA and private/internally funded clinical trials. In 2014, Ms. Smith transitioned to the Child Nutrition Laboratory and currently acts as Research Coordinator for Dr. Leann Birch. Jessica coordinates enrollment, testing and data management for the lab’s ongoing pilot study, and also facilitates laboratory and staff management.