College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University
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Faculty Expertise

The research of our faculty is focused on the development of successful community nutrition interventions addressing obesity and chronic disease, nutrition assessment, nutritional adequacy, food justice and insecurity, and the development of nutrition- and food-related programs and policies.

Global Nutrition

Constance Gewa

  • Nutritional status and the role of nutrition in health outcomes among women and children in Africa, dietary assessment methods 

Food Science

Margaret Slavin

  • Food and nutrient composition analysis, and the impact of food processing on nutrient composition

Metabolism and Energy Balance

Lilian de Jonge

  • Adaptation of energy and substrate metabolism to changes in diet composition
  • Role of circadian rhythm on body weight and energy balance


Sina Gallo

  • Pediatric obesity treatment among ethnic minority populations


Tammy Wagner

  • Sports nutrition

Nutritional Sciences

Margaret Slavin

  • Clinical and mechanistic connections between diet and migraine, bioactive food compounds


Lilian de Jonge

  • Effects of specific dietary components on energy metabolism and body composition

Sina Gallo

  • Maternal and infant supplementation practices and vitamin D status
  • Bone health among collegiate athletes

Public Health Nutrition

Margaret Slavin

  • Campus nutrition

Sina Gallo

  • Dairy consumption and bone health among children
  • Breastfeeding practices among low-income women
  • Preschool nutrition and physical activity

Constance Gewa

  • Food based strategies (animal-source-foods) to improve nutrition and health in resource-poor areas 

Food Systems

Kerri Lacharite

  • Sustainable food systems, impact of agriculture-based learning on eating and sustainability behaviors
  • Urban agriculture, particularly focused on local food policy and agriculture zoning on food security

Expertise