Richard Dana Lewis
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
UGA Foundation Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|PhD||Human Nutrition||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||1986|
|MS||Foods and Nutrition||The University of Georgia||1978|
|BS||Psychology||The University of Georgia||1975|
Dr. Lewis is Director of the Bone & Body Composition Laboratory at The University of Georgia and serves as principal investigator for research projects focused on osteoporosis prevention, primarily targeting pediatric populations. His laboratory investigates the roles of macro- (protein) and micronutrients (vitamin D, zinc), physical activity, and obesity on bone development during growth. Because obese children are at greater risk for fractures than normal weight children, his team examines the impact of obesity and associated cardiometabolic risks on bone quality. He utilizes numerous imaging instruments to assess bone quality such as dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The goal of his research is to discover relatively simple and inexpensive approaches to improve bone strength during growth and prevent osteoporotic fractures later in adulthood.
Dr. Lewis teaches both Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle (FDNS 4510/6510) and Medical Nutrition Therapy II (FDNS 4530/6530) courses each year. In Fall 2014, he taught Advanced Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (FDNS 8230).
|Position||Name of Journal||Year(s)|
|Editorial Board Member||Medicine, Science, Sports and Exercise||2007-2009|
|Associate Editor||Medicine, Science, Sports and Exercise||2002-2007|
|Editorial Board Member||American College of Sports Medicine, Health and Fitness Journal||2002-2004|
|(List includes only present service)|
|National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development||Chair||2016-Present||Data Safety and Monitoring Board|
|National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases||Member||2016-Present||Data Safety and Monitoring Board|
|UGA Center for Translational Research Unit||Member||2016-Present||Grants Review Committee|
|UGA Graduate School||Member||2016-Present||Dissertation Completion Awards Committee|
|University of Georgia||Member||2016-Present||University Review Committee|
|University of Georgia||Member||2016-Present||Fifth-Year Administrative Review Committee, Dean Fox|
|UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences||Member||2016-Present||Dean’s Advisory Committee|
|UGA Department of Foods and Nutrition||Member||2016-Present||Awards Committee|
|UGA Department of Foods and Nutrition||Chair||2015-Present||Graduate Committee|
|UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences||Member||2014-Present||Faculty Awards Committee|
|UGA Obesity Initiative||Chair||2013-Present||Bone and Fat Team|
|William B. Mulherin Foundation||Member||2011-Present||Board of Directors|
Dr. Lewis targets his outreach activities towards osteoporosis and obesity prevention in the community. He was founding co-chair and member of the Georgia Osteoporosis Initiative. The initiative has increased statewide public awareness of the disease, increased screening and helped professionals advance their efforts in osteoporosis prevention. Moreover, Dr. Lewis has been active with the Policy Leadership for Active Youth (PLAY) a collaborative between UGA, Georgia State University and Georgia Reagents University, with the aim of facilitating and supporting statewide activities for improving nutrition and promoting physical activity to prevent childhood obesity. Dr. Lewis has also conducted valuable service learning projects that highlight the necessity of connection with community, among them the “UGA/Food Bank of Northeast Georgia Hunger Project” and the “Breast Feeding Mentoring Project”, both of which provided dietetics students important learning opportunities in a real world setting. Currently, Dr. Lewis serves on the Board of Directors of the Athens Orthopedic Clinic William B. Mulherin Foundation for Health and Wellness, which provides resources to promote health and prevent obesity in patients and citizens of the Athens-Clarke and its surrounding counties.
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|(List includes only those selected from 2015-present)|
|Undergraduate Research Mentor Award||Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, Board of Human Sciences||2018|
|FACS 100 Centennial Honoree||College of Family and Consumer Sciences, UGA||2018|
|Nominee, Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health||McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics||2016|
|CURO Research Mentoring Award||Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, UGA||2016|
|Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award||College of Family and Consumer Sciences, UGA||2016|
|Creswell Award||College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association, UGA||2016|
|Finalist, Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award||The University of Georgia (UGA) Graduate School||2016|
|Recognition for Student Career Development||Career Development Center, UGA||2015,2017,2018
Books Edited or Co-Edited
2001, 2004 Invited Reviewer, Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle; Judith Brown, Wadsworth Publishing
Chapters in Books
Higgins S., Belcher S. L. and Lewis R.D. Sedentary Behaviors in Children and Adolescents: What is the Influence on Bone Strength. (2018) Nutritional Influences on Bone Health, 10th International Symposium on Nutritional Aspects of Osteoporosis. Switzerland, Springer International Publishing. Chapter 9, pp 95-108.
Laing E.M. and Lewis R.D. Chapter 4: New concepts in vitamin D requirements for children and adolescents: a controversy revisited. (2017) In: Giustina and Bilezikian (Eds.) Frontiers in Hormone Research: Novel aspects of vitamin D in clinical medicine, Switzerland, Karger. In Preparation.
Lewis R.D., Laing E.M., Weaver C.M. & Chapter 41: Adolescence and Acquisition of Peak Bone Mass. (2017) In: Feldman D., Pike J.W., & Adams J.S. (Eds.) Vitamin D, Fourth Edition, San Diego, CA: Elsevier, Inc. In Press.
Lewis R.D., Kindler J.M., Laing E.M. Obesity, Insulin Resistance and Pediatric Bone (2016) In: Weaver C.M., et al. (Eds.) Nutritional Influences on Bone Health, London, Springer-Verlag. In Press and available via eBook.
Lewis R.D., Laing E.M., Foss S.M. The War on Hunger to the Fight Against Obesity (2015) In: Nickols S.M., et al. (Eds.) Remaking Home Economics, UGA Press.
Lewis R.D. and Laing E.M. Chapter 23: Vitamin D Supplementation and Changes in Vitamin D and Bone Metabolites in Children (2013). In: Burchardt P., et al. (Eds.) Nutritional Influences on Bone Health, London, Springer-Verlag, 227-236.
Weaver, C.M., Laing, E.M., Lewis, R.D. (2011) Chapter 37: Adolescence- Acquisition of Peak Bone Mass. In: Vitamin D, 3rd Edition. Ed: Feldman, D. Elsevier, Inc, 657-677.
Shapses, S.A., Pollock, N.K., & Lewis, R.D. (2011) Obesity, Adipose Tissue, and Bone. In: Diet, Nutrients, and Bone Health. Ed: Klemmer, P.J. CRC Press.
Modlesky, C.M. & Lewis, R.D. (2000) Assessment of Body Size and Composition. In C. Rosenbloom (Ed.), Sports Nutrition: A Guide for the Professional Working with Active People (pp. 185-222) 3rd Edition. American Dietetic Association. Chicago, IL.
Lewis, R.D., Massoni, J., & Crawford, K. (2000) Nutrition Concerns, Knowledge and Recommendation of Coaches and Athletic Trainers. In I. Wolinsky and J. A. Driskell (Eds.), Nutritional Applications in Exercise and Sport (pp. 261-275) Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Inc.
Lewis,R. D. (1996) Riboflavin and Niacin. In J. A. Driskell & I. Wolinsky (Eds.), Handbook of Sports Nutrition: Vitamins and Trace Minerals (pp. 57-73) Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Inc.
Selected from 2017-present:
Kindler JM, Verroken C, Pollock NK, Ross HL, Laing EM, Lewis RD. Bone Mass is Lower in Obese Versus Normal-Weight Late-Adolescent Females, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, In Review.
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, In Press.
Coheley LM, Shivappa N, Hebert J, Lewis RD. Dietary inflammatory index and cortical bone outcomes in healthy adolescent children, Osteoporosis International, 2019, In Press.
Wright C.S., Laing E.M., Pollock N.K., Hausman D.B., Weaver C.M., Martin B.R., McCabe G.P., Peacock M., Warden S.J., Hill-Gallant K.M., Lewis R.D. 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.
Hohos N. Smith AK, Kilaru V, Park HJ, Hausman DB, Bailey LB, Lewis RD, Meagher RB.CD4+ AND CD8+ T Cell-Specific DNA Cytosine Methylation Differences Associated with Obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018 Aug;26(8):1312-1321.
Coheley L.M., Kindler J.M., Laing E.M., Oshri A., Hill-Gallant K.M., Warden S.J., Peacock M., Weaver C.M., Lewis R.D. Whole Egg Consumption and Cortical Bone in Health Children, 2018 Osteoporosis International, 29:1783-1791.
Higgins S., Sokolowski CM, Vishwanathan M, Anderson JG, Schmidt MD, Lewis RD, Evans EM. Predicting Diaphyseal Cortical Bone Status Using Measures of Muscle Force Capacity. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2018 Jul;50(7):1433-1441.
Yli-Piipari, S., Berg, A., Laing, E.M, Hartzell, D.L., Parris, K. O., Udwadia, J., Lewis, R.D. A Twelve-Week Lifestyle Program to Improve Cardiometabolic, Behavioral, and Psychological Health in Hispanic Children and Adolescents. J. Alt. Compl. Med. V24, (2):132-138 Feb 2018.
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 Calcif Tissue Int, 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. J Bone Miner Res, 2017, 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, 14:25.
Van Loan M.D., Peerson J.M., D. Alekel D. L., Steinberg F. M., Lewis R.D. Phenotypic Characteristics as Predictors of 2-Year Change in Bone Mineral Density in Postmenopausal Women Not on Hormone Therapy: Results from Two Randomized Trials. In Preparation for
Erlandson M.C., Berger P.K., Laing E.M., Pollock N.K., Baxter-Jones A.D.G., Daly R.M., Lewis, R.D. From beam to bone: the effects of artistic gymnastics on skeletal health. In Preparation for Resubmission.
Kort L.J., Laing E.M., Pollock N.K., Lewis R.D. Former Collegiate Gymnasts Maintain Higher Bone Mineral Density After A 34-Year Retirement: A Twenty-year Follow-up.