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Gabrielle Fundaro, PhD

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I combine my knowledge of nutrition and motivational interviewing techniques to facilitate behavior change for flourishing health, embodying a positive relationship with food, body image, and physical activity as well as sport performance.


As a board member of both the Nutrition Coaching Global Mastermind (NCGM) and the Sports Nutrition Association (SNA), I collaborate with a selection of colleagues to guide discussions and change toward best practices in the online nutrition coaching industry. I'm proud to have transitioned from years in academia to years as a full-time coach, having guided hundreds of clients (and students!) to their long-term goals. As an assistant professor, I taught a variety of courses related to nutrition for performance and health, physiology, and macronutrient metabolism. In addition to formal training in motivational interviewing and a fellowship in the science of learning and motivation, my experience stems from years of appreciative advising to help undergraduate students identify their unique strengths and obstacles in the pursuit of their academic goals.

In addition to my teaching and mentoring experience, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to share evidence-based recommendations in international seminars, podcasts, and contributions to magazines and companies such as Precision Nutrition, Shape, Oxygen, Reader’s Digest, and InStyle.


In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, weightlifting, learning, and enjoying the Arizona sunshine!


PhD – Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech (2014)

Dissertation Topic: Effects of Probiotic Supplementation on Metabolic            Dysregulation  During High-Fat Feeding

Graduate Certificate—Preparing the Future Professoriate, Virginia Tech (2014)

Graduate Teaching Scholars Fellowship, Virginia Tech (2012-2014)

BS – Exercise, Sport, and Health Education, Radford, Virginia (2009)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Researcher (2021-Present)

Nutrition Coach, Renaissance Periodization (2017-2021)

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science, Georgia Gwinnett College (2014-2018)

Co-Chair, School of Science and Technology Curriculum Committee (2017-2018)

Assessment Coordinator, Exercise Science (2016-2018)

Faculty Co-Chair, Exercise Science (2015-2018)

Faculty Advisor, Kappa Omicron Nu and GGC Lifting (2015-2018)

Instructor, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech (2013)


Sports Nutrition Association, Advisory Board (2020)

Nutrition Coaching Global Mastermind, Board Member (2020)Mo

Motivational Interviewing, Advancing the Practice (2021)

Foundational Motivational Interviewing (2020)

Monash Low-FODMAP Certified (2019)

Certified Health Coach, American Council on Exercise (2018)

Certified Sports Nutritionist, International Society of Sports Nutrition (2017)

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