Mai Spaulding

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutritional Sciences

PhD/DI Student

134 Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
B.S. Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science California State University, Northridge 2019


Mai is a PhD/Dietetic Intern student pursuing her doctoral research in the Nutritional Neuroscience Labortory under the direction of Dr. Emily Noble. Mai's research focuses on the effects of early life food insecurity on neurocognitive development later in life and the impact on susceptibility to diet induced obesity.


  • FDNS 2100 "Human Nutrition and Food" (Teaching Assistant) - Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020
  • FDNS 4600E/6600E "Food and Nutrition Policy" (Teaching Assistant) - Spring 2021
  • FDNS 4100/6100  "Micronutrient Nutrition" (Teaching Assistant) - Fall 2021


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship UGA Department of Foods and Nutrition 2019 and 2021
Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar California Pre-Doctoral Program 2018
BUILD PODER Scholar (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity; Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research) National Institute of Health (NIH) 2017


  1. Liu CM., Spaulding MO. Rea JJ., Noble EE., Kanoski SE., “Oxytocin and food intake control: neural, behavioral, and signaling Mechanisms” International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2021; PMID 34639199
  2. Guarneiri LL., Spaulding MO., Marquardt AR., Cooper JA., and Paton CM. “Acute consumption of pecans decreases angiopoietin-like protein-3 in healthy males: a secondary analysis of randomized controlled trials” Nutrition research, 2021; PMID: 34274555
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