Nutrition Sciences Education

Academic Department


Faculty Administrative Position

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    Douglas Moellering, Director for the Undergraduate Program in Biobehavioral Nutrition and Wellness

    Douglas “Doug” Moellering, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Health Professions, and Department of Nutrition Sciences. He also serves as the Director for Nutrition Sciences undergraduate programs and specifically for the undergraduate major in Biobehavioral Nutrition and Wellness. He is a past Chairperson of the UAB Faculty Senate Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the School of Health Professions Academic Affairs Committee. He is also the...

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    Elizabeth Kitchin, Program Director

    Beth Kitchin earned her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and her master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Foods from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. She earned her Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion in UAB’s School of Public Health. Beth is presently an assistant professor in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences where she teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses. She is also the director of the UAB Minor in Nut...

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    Paula Chandler-Laney, PhD Program Director

    Dr. Chandler-Laney is an Associate Professor and Director of the PhD program in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Her research focuses on elucidating the biobehavioral mechanisms that underlie the development of pediatric obesity, with a particular emphasis on understanding the role of the in utero environment in programming children's risk for obesity and cardiometabolic disease. This research involves studies of children, infants, and pregnant women. Methodologies include the assessment of...

  • Non-faculty Academic Position

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    Melissa Donaldson, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

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    Yesenia Hernandez, Credentialed Course Instructor 2020 -

  • Past Position At Uab

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    Pi-Ling Chang Ph.D., Associate Professor (P) 2022 -

    Pi-Ling Chang, PhD is an Associate Professor of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Chang received her baccalaureate degree in Natural Sciences and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Chicago. After serving as an instructor in the Department of Biochemistry at the King Saud University, Scientific College for Girls in Saudi Arabia for 5 years, she returned to the United States and earned her doctorate degree in Nutrition Sciences under the m...

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