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NDHM Directory

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Martin O'Neill, Ph.D.
Martin O'Neill, Ph.D.

Professor & NDHM Department Head

(334) 844-3264 | oneilm1@auburn.edu | 328 Spidle Hall

Ph.D., University of Ulster - Services Marketing
Research interests: Services marketing and management, customer relationship management, service quality, disconfirmation modeling, total quality management and internal service, complaining behavior, trust and service recovery.

Curriculum Vitae

Tanya Stringer
Tanya Stringer

Administrative Support Assistant

(334) 844-4261 | Fax:(334) 844-3279 | tds0001@auburn.edu | 328 Spidle Hall

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Onikia Brown, Ph.D., RD.
Onikia Brown, Ph.D., RD.

Assistant Professor and Extension Nutritionist

(334) 844-3161 | onbrown@auburn.edu | 102A Poultry Science

Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, Iowa State University
Research interests: My interests include using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to examine the nutritional determinants, consequences, and prevention of diet related health disparities in ethnic minority and low-income populations. I am also interested in developing interventions and tools to assess and prevent unwanted and unhealthy weight gain in underserved populations. Ultimately, I work to increase the quality of life of ethnic minority, low-income, and underserved populations by developing and implementing sustainable programs that change negative nutrition behaviors.

Curriculum Vitae

Donna O. Burnett, PhD, RD Faculty Image
Donna O. Burnett, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor & Director Graduate Clinical Education Programs

(334) 844-3429 | donna.burnett@auburn.edu | 102F Poultry Science

Ph.D., Ph.D. Health Education and Health Promotion, UAB
Research interests: Nutrition counseling; professional practice in dietetics and dietetics education; adverse childhood experiences and adult health outcomes; college weight gain and college health; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research.

Curriculum Vitae

Andrew D Frugé, PhD Image
Andrew D Frugé, PhD, MBA, RD

Assistant Professor & Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics

(334) 844-3271 | fruge@auburn.edu | Poultry Science Building 101E

Ph.D., Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, Mississippi State University;
Research interests: Diet and lifestyle interventions to minimize cancer risk, progression and recurrence in humans; specifically investigating the interaction of food groups and nutrients on the gut microbiome and its ability to promote systemic inflammation and carcinogenesis.

Curriculum Vitae

Michael W. Greene, Ph.D.
Michael W. Greene, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(334) 844-8435 | mwg0006@auburn.edu | greenelab | Poultry Science Building 101C

Ph.D., Molecular & Cell Biology, University of Connecticut
Research interests: Obesity-linked conditions such as fatty liver disease and certain forms of cancer; mechanisms of insulin resistance; signal transduction; diet-induced animal models of obesity and insulin resistance; animal models of cancer

Curriculum Vitae

Kevin W. Huggins, Ph.D.
Kevin W. Huggins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

(334) 844-3296 | huggikw@auburn.edu | Poultry Science Building 102D

Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology, Wake Forest
Research interests: Role of Group 1B phospholipase A2 in diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance; molecular mechanisms related to the development of insulin resistance and diabetes; use of gene-knockout mice to study molecular mechanisms of dietary lipid absorption.

Curriculum Vitae

Ramesh Jeganathan, Ph.D.
Ramesh Jeganathan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director (Nutrition)

(334) 844-3840 | jeganrb@auburn.edu | auburn.edu/~jeganrb/ | Poultry Science Building 101F

Ph.D., University of Madras
Research interests: Insulin signaling in animal models of obesity and type 2 diabetes; ubiquitination and trafficking of proteins in insulin signaling pathway; biochemical and cellular mechanisms responsible for insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes; linking Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes.

Curriculum Vitae

Barbara J. Struempler, Ph.D.
Barbara J. Struempler, Ph.D.

Professor & Extension Nutritionist

(334) 844-2217 | struebj@auburn.edu | 207 Duncan Hall

Ph.D., Nutrition, Iowa State University
Research interests: General dietary guidelines for all populations, nutrition and pregnancy; nutrition and breastfeeding; limited-resource population.

Curriculum Vitae

 Geetha Thangiah, Ph.D.
Geetha Thangiah, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

(334) 844-7418 | thangge@auburn.edu | Poultry Science Building 101B

Ph.D., University of Madras
Research interests: Molecular mechanisms that influence the development of obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome in minority racial/ethnic population; insulin and neurotrophin signaling proteins in type 1 and 2 diabetes.

Curriculum Vitae

Douglas White, Ph.D.
Douglas White, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

(334) 844-3266 | whitebd@auburn.edu | Poultry Science Building 101E

Ph.D., Louisiana State University Medical Center
Research interests: Regulation of food intake and body weight including effects of diet on neuropeptides and neurotransmitters that play a role in the development of obesity, and examining how diet interacts with the ability of leptin to regulate energy balance.

Curriculum Vitae

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Sondra Parmer, Ph.D., RD.
Sondra Parmer, Ph.D.

Extension Specialist, Program Coordinator, SNAP-Ed

Phone: (334) 844-2231 | parmesm@auburn.edu | 201 Duncan Hall

Ph.D., Auburn University
Research interests: My career has been dedicated to designing, implementing and evaluating nutrition education with low-income audiences. My work has focused on creative methods for evaluating hard-to-reach audiences, developing teaching tools that continue to provide education over time, creating paths for healthy food access, creating effective community-based obesity prevention initiatives and integrating technology into nutrition education.

Curriculum Vitae

Alicia Powers, Ph.D.
Alicia Powers, Ph.D.

Extension Specialist, Community Health Coordinator Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education

Phone: (334) 844-2209 | arp0042@auburn.edu | 2242B Haley Center

Ph.D., Southern Mississippi
Research interests: My interests are within the area of public health nutrition with a specific focus on planning, implementing and evaluating policy, systems and environmental strategies to increase access and appeal of healthy food and physical activity opportunities in a variety of settings (schools, faith communities, food retail, gardens, farmers markets and emergency food assistance sites). I also conduct applied and translational research to understand processes and outcomes of these strategies related to obesity.

Curriculum Vitae

Ann Marie O'Neill
Ann Marie O'Neill

Assistant Research Professor

(334) 844-2647 | oneilam@auburn.edu | Poultry Science Building 102C

PhD in Biomedical Science Auburn University
Research interests: Gene therapy vector for canine lymphoma - this work involves the development of a viral vector targeted to lymphoma cells. Cancer immunology - characterizing regulatory T cells and dendritic cells in the dog

Curriculum Vitae

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Baker M. Ayoun, Ph.D.
Baker M. Ayoun, Ph.D.

June M. Henton Associate Professor & HRMT Graduate Programs Officer

(334) 844-8196 | bma0002@auburn.edu | 360 Spidle Hall
Ph.D. - Oklahoma State University - Hotel & Restaurant Administration

Curriculum Vitae

Alecia Douglas, Ph.D.
Alecia Douglas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

(334) 844-1434 | acd0011@auburn.edu | 358 Spidle Hall

Curriculum Vitae

Keisha Echols
Keisha Echols, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

AUHCC Director of Education & Human Resources

(334) 821-8200 | keisha.echols@auhcc.com | The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center

Curriculum Vitae

Yee Ming Lee, Ph.D., RD.
Yee Ming Lee, Ph.D., RD.

Assistant Professor

(334) 844-6453 | yzl0085@auburn.edu | 362 Spidle Hall
Ph.D., Hospitality Management and Dietetics, Kansas State University

Curriculum Vitae

David Martin, Ph.D.
David Martin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

(334) 844-3291 | martida@auburn.edu | 328B Spidle Hall
Ph.D., Auburn University - Hotel and Restaurant Management

Curriculum Vitae

Imran Rahman, Ph.D.
Imran Rahman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(334) 844-4206 | izr0004@auburn.edu | 328C Spidle Hall
Ph.D., Business Administration, Washington State University

Curriculum Vitae

Hans van der Reijden
Hans van der Reijden

Managing Director
Hotel Operations & Educational Initiatives

(334) 844-4206 | hans@auhcc.com | 328C Spidle Hall
The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center

Curriculum Vitae

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Margaret Craig-Schmidt, Ph.D.
Margaret Craig-Schmidt, Ph.D.

craigmc@auburn.edu

Evelyn Crayton, Ph.D.
Evelyn Crayton, Ph.D.

craytef@auburn.edu

Robin Fellers, Ph.D., RD..
Robin Fellers, Ph.D., RD.

fellerb@auburn.edu

Sareen Gropper, Ph.D., RD.
Sareen Gropper, Ph.D., RD.

groppss@auburn.edu

Robert E. Keith, Ph.D.
Robert E. Keith, Ph.D.

keithre@auburn.edu