Valerie A. George


Clinical Professor, Department of Dietetics and Nutrition


Obesity, Sports Nutrition


Dr. Valerie George has had long career in all areas of academia: teaching, research and administration. Her research has been primarily in the area of obesity; however, during her postdoctoral studies supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), she was the co-principal investigator and ultimately the principal investigator for the Women’s Health Trial Initiative in minority populations, which investigated dietary fat intake and risk of breast cancer.

In the past 20 years, her expertise has been used to design and conduct studies to understand the impact of environmental, psychological and metabolic variables on energy balance and weight management. She has been funded by local, state and national agencies to direct and evaluate health education programs which have resulted in numerous publications.

Dr. George has also received training in intercultural communication and ethics. Since 2015, she has had the privilege of serving as the first FIU Faculty Fellow for Academic Integrity. In this capacity, she administers all cases of academic misconduct and grievances for undergraduate and graduate programs. Through this experience, she has developed “A Model for Cultivating Academic Integrity in Consideration of the Cultural Interface.”

Dr. George has a lifetime commitment to promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices.


  • University of Miami, Postdoctoral fellowship
  • Laval University, MA, Ph.D.
  • University of Minnesota, BS


George V, Fineberg M, Marin V, Rosen A. The Role of Registered Dietitians (RD’s) in the United States in patient education and counseling about physical activity. Topics in Clinical Nutrition 31(2) 190-198, 2016.

Mayo C, George V. Eating disorder risk and body dissatisfaction based on muscularity and body fat in male university students. Journal of American College Health 62 (6), 407-415, 2014.

Woodbury N, George V. A comparison of the nutritional quality of organic and conventional ready –to eat breakfast cereals based on NUVal scores. Journal of Public Health Nutrition 17 (7), 1454-1458, 2014

Tannenbaum S, Castellanos V, George V, Arheart K.  Current formulas for water requirements produce different estimates. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 36 (3), 299-305, 2012.

George V, Shactner S, Johnson P. BMI and attitudes and beliefs about physical activity and nutrition of parents of adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Research 55 (II), 1054-1063, 2011.

Harris C & George, V. Dietary restraint influences accuracies in estimating energy expenditure and energy intake among physically inactive males. American Journal of Men’s Health 4 (1), 33-40, 2010.

Harris C & George, V. The Impact of Dietary Restraint and Moderate Exercise on Post-Exercise Energy Intake in Males. Journal of Eating Behavior 9, 415-422, 2008.

George, V, Escobar, S, Harris C. Perceived energy expenditure for physical activities by women and men. American Journal of Health Education 39 (6), 329-336, 2008.

George V, Zanin E. Commit 2B Fit™, An innovative program to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle in elementary school children and their families. Florida Association Physical Exercise Recreation and Dance (FAPHERD) 46 (2) 20-22, 2008.

Pitt Barnes, S, Salemi A T, George V, McCormack Brown K. The Use of portfolios in Coordinated School Health Programs: Benefits and Challenges to Implementation. Journal of School Health 77: (4) 171-179, 2007.

George V, Erb A, Harris C, Casazza K. Psychosocial Risk Factors for Eating Disorders in Hispanic Females of Diverse Ethnic Background and Non-Hispanic Females. Journal of Eating Behaviors 8: (1)1-9, 2007.

George V, Stevenson J, Harris C, Casazza K. CDE and NON-CDE Dietitians’ Knowledge of exercise and content of exercise programs for older adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 38:157-162, 2006.

Hall D, Feng Z, George V, Lewis C, Oberman A, Huber M, Fouad M, Cutler J. Low-fat diet: Effect on anthropometrics, blood pressure, glucose and insulin in older women. Ethnicity & Disease 13:337-343, summer 2003.

George V, Morganstein A. Effect of moderate intensity exercise on acute energy intake in normal and overweight females. Appetite 40(1):43-46, 2002.

Visona C, George V. Impact of dieting status and dietary restraint on post-exercise energy intake in overweight females. Obesity Research 10(12):1251-1258, December 2002.

George, V Johnson P. Weight loss behaviors and smoking in college students of diverse ethnicity. Am J Health Behavior 25(2):115-124, 2001.

George, V, Wellman N. Meal Time Teams at work: promoting nutrition goals in the Individual Education Plan. J Nutr Ed 33:245-246, 2001.

Smith J, George V, Easton P. Home Grown Television: A way to promote better nutrition in a native Alaskan community. J Nutr Ed 33:247-249, 2001.

Bowen D, Raczynski J, George V, Feng Z, Fouad M. The role of participation in the Women’s Health Trial: Feasibility Study in Minority Populations. Prev Med 31(5): 474-480, 2000.

Shah Z, George V, Himburg S. Computer-assisted education for dietetics students: a review of literature and selected software. J Nutr Ed 31:255-261, 1999.

Coates R, Bowen D, Kristal A, Feng Z, Oberman A, Hall D, George V, Lewis C, Kestin M, Davis M, Evans M, Grizzle J, Clifford K. The Women’s Health Trial Feasibility Study in Minority Populations: changes in dietary intake. Am J Epidemiol 149:1104-12, 1999.

Lewis B, George V, Urban N, Fouad M, Hall D. Recruitment strategies in the Women’s Health Trial Feasibility Study in Minority Populations. Controlled Clin Trials 19:461-476, 1998.

Kristal A, Feng Z, Coates R, Hall D, Oberman A, George V. Association of race/ ethnicity, education and dietary intervention with the validity and reliability of a food frequency questionnaire. Am J Epidemiol 146 (10):856-869, 1997.

Gerace TA, George VA. Predictors of weight increases over 7 years in fire fighters and paramedics. Prev Med 25:593-600, 1996.

Bowen D, Clifford C, Coates R, Evans M, Feng Z, Fouad M, George V, Gerace T, Grizzle J, Hall D, Hearn M, Henderson M, Kestin M, Kristal A, Leary E, Lewis C, Oberman A, Prentice R, Raczynski J, Toivola B, Uran N. The Women’s health trial feasibility study in minority populations WHT:FSM: design and baseline descriptions. Ann Epidemiol 6:507-519, 1996.

Gerace TA, George V, Arango I. Response rates to six recruitment mailing formats and two messages about a nutrition program for women 50-79 years old. Controlled Clinical Trials 16: 422-31, 1995.

George V, Tremblay A, Despres JP, Landry M, Allard L, LeBlanc C, Bouchard C. Further evidence for the presence of small eaters and large eaters among women. Am J Clin Nutr 53: 425-9, 1991.

George V, Tremblay A, Despres JP, LeBlanc C, Bouchard C. Effect of dietary fat content on total and regional adiposity in men and women. Int J Obes 14:1085-1094, 1990.

George V, Tremblay A, Despres JP, LeBlanc C, Perusse L, Bouchard C. Evidence for the existence of small eaters and large eaters of similar fat-free mass and activity level. Int J Obes 13:43-53, 1989.

Bouchard C, Tremblay AT, Perusse L, Leblanc C, Theriault G, George V. Cohabitation, activity level and energy intake in parent-child resemblance for selected biological traits. Am J Human Biology 1:209-215, 1989.