Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor
458 Sherrill Center
Dr. Amy Joy Lanou is on Professional Development Leave this semester. If you need to speak to the Chair of the Health and Wellness, please see Dr. Jason Wingert in room 461. If Dr. Lanou is your academic advisor, she will be in touch with you by email. If you wish to be in contact directly with Dr. Lanou, please email her at She is happy to correspond with you directly and can set up a time to talk with you by phone if needed.

Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., is chair and professor of health and wellness for the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNC Asheville). Dr. Lanou currently teaches nutrition, food politics and nutrition policy, health communication and senior seminar in health promotion at UNC Asheville. Her research interests include nutrition for the prevention of chronic disease, nutrition and bone health and how experiential food education impacts what individuals know, think and do with respect to dietary choices.

Dr. Lanou publishes regularly on the relationship between vegetarian diets and dairy products and health. In addition, she does collaborative research on engaged interdisciplinary ways of teaching and learning. See list below for selected journal articles. She is the author of Building Bone Vitality (McGraw-Hill; June 2009) and Healthy Eating for Life for Children (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Feb. 2002).

Dr. Lanou also does consulting as senior nutrition scientist for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting preventive medicine, especially better nutrition, and higher standards in research. She also serves as editor in chief of PlantPure Magazine for PlantPure, Inc. In these capacities, Dr. Lanou focuses her research and projects on efforts to help laypersons and health care professionals shift to whole food plant-based eating styles for promotion of long-term wellness. Dr. Lanou formerly served as PCRM's nutrition director overseeing nutrition education and outreach programs and advocating for healthier diets.

Dr. Lanou received her B.S. in Nutrition Science from the University of California at Davis and her Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Cornell University. Her research was focused on body weight regulation and the control of food intake.


• Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Cornell University

Courses Taught

• HWP 154 Women's Health
• HWP 225 Nutrition and Lifestyle
• HWP 253 Health and Sexuality
• HWP 333 Food Politics and Nutrition Policy
• HWP 373 Foodways of the Mediterranean
• HWP 335 Health Communications
• HWP 455 Pathophysiology of Chronic Disease
• HWP 459 Senior Seminar

Peer-reviewed Publications

• Wasileski SA, Peterson K, Mathews LG, Lanou AJ, Clarke D, Bailey E, Wingert JR. Why We Should Not ‘Go It Alone’: Strategies for Realizing Integrative Learning in SENCER Curricula. Science Education and Civic Engagement. Winter;8(1):55-65.

• Rote AE, Pineda E, Wells O, Lanou AJ, and Wingert JR. Accuracy of self-perception and body mass index compared to actual body fat percentages in athletes and non-athletes. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. (2015) Apr 30. [Epub ahead of print]

• Burchard M, Lanou A, Mathews L, Peterson K, Weldon A. Co-writing, Co-knowing: Transforming epistemologies. Theoretical Practice, Feminist Epistemologies, October, 2014. Accessed at:

• Gonzales JF, Barnard, ND, Jenkins DJA, Lanou AJ, Davis B, Saxe G, and Levin S. Applying the precautionary principle to nutrition and cancer. Journal of the American College of Nutrition (2014) 33(3):239-46.

• Wingert JR, Wasileski SA, Peterson K, Mathews LG, Lanou AJ, and Clarke D. The impact of integrated student experiences on learning. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2014) 14:42 – 58.

Lanou AJ. Soyfoods: are they useful for optimal bone health? Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease (2011) 3:293-301.

• Wingert JR, Wasileski SA, Peterson K, Mathews LG, Lanou AJ, and Clarke D. Enhancing integrative experiences: Evidence of student perceptions of learning gains from cross-course interactions. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2011) 11:34 – 57.

Lanou AJ, Svenson B. Vegetarian dietary patterns as a means to achieve reduction in cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports Epub 2009 Dec 24. DOI 10.1007/s12170-009-0075-y

Lanou AJ. Should dairy be recommended as part of a healthy vegetarian diet? Counterpoint. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2009) 89:1638S-42S. Epub 2009 Mar 25.

• Jacobs DR Jr, Haddad EH, Lanou AJ, Messina MJ. Food, plant food, and vegetarian diets in the US dietary guidelines: conclusions of an expert panel. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2009) 89:1549S-52S. Epub 2009 Mar 18.

Lanou, AJ, Barnard ND. Dairy and weight loss hypothesis: an evaluation of the clinical trials. Nutrition Reviews (2008) 66(5):272-9.

• Cundiff DK, Lanou AJ, Nigg CR. Relation of omega-3 fatty acid intake to other dietary factors known to reduce coronary heart disease risk. American Journal of Cardiology (2007) 99:1230-3. Epub 2007 Mar 16.

• Lanou AJ. Bone health in children: Calcium recommendations should be revised. Invited Editorial. British Medical Journal (2006) 333:763-4.

• Reilly JK., Lanou AJ, Barnard ND. Acceptability of soymilk as a calcium-rich beverage in elementary school children. Journal of the American Dietetics Association (2006) Apr;106(4):590-3.

• Barnard ND, Scialli AR, Turner-McGrievy G, Lanou AJ, Glass J. The effects of a low-fat, plant-based dietary intervention on body weight, metabolism, and insulin sensitivity. American Journal of Medicine (2005) 118:991–7.

Lanou AJ, Berkow SE, Barnard ND. Calcium, dairy products, and bone health in children and young adults: A reevaluation of the evidence. Pediatrics (2005) 115:736-43.

• Turner-McGrievy GM, Barnard ND, Scialli AR, Lanou AJ. Effects of a low-fat, vegan diet and a Step II diet on macro- and micronutrient intakes in overweight, postmenopausal women. Nutrition (2004) 20:738-46.

Lanou AJ, Barnard NB. Food power: a vegetarian approach to diabetes. Diabetes Voice 2003;48:27-30.


• Lanou AJ, Castleman MC. Building Bone Vitality: A Revolutionary Diet Plan to Prevent Bone Loss and Reverse Osteoporosis—Without Dairy Foods, Calcium, Estrogen or Drugs. McGraw-Hill, June 2009.

• Lanou AJ. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Expert Nutrition Panel. Healthy Eating for Life for Children. JR Wiley and Sons. Inc: New York, NY, 2002.