Whitney Bignell, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

Limited-term Clinical Assistant Professor (Dept. of Health Policy and Management)

Wellness Coordinator (Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging)

105-D Wright Hall, 100 Foster Rd.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-4067

Alternate Phone: 706-296-1572


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Foods and Nutrition University of Georgia 2015
M.S. Foods and Nutrition University of Georgia 2011
B.S.F.C.S. Dietetics University of Georgia 2009
B.S.Ed Foreign Language Education University of Georgia 1997


Whitney Bignell is investigating the impact of an online collaborative case-based learning curriculum on students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes about obesity prevention and treatment.


Ms. Bignell has assisted with teaching FDNS 4050 and FDNS 4540 as a M.S. student.


Whitney was a doctoral fellow at the J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

Journal Articles

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Job Description

As Wellness Coordinator for the Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging, I coordinate implementation of two evidence-based programs, Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and MaineHealth's A Matter of Balance fall prevention program. I also am co-developing an online training program for community professionals to assist older adults in applying for SNAP benefits, specifically utilizing the Standard Medical Expense Deduction (SMED) waiver. Finally, I serve as MPH Advisor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and currently teach HPAM 3600 Introduction to Health Policy.

Research Interests

Online education and training

Community-based obesity prevention and treatment

Nutrition entrepreneurship