Elaine Fontenot Molaison, PhD, RD
Dr. Elaine Fontenot Molaison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition and Hospitality at The University of Alabama, where she works to create collaboration between the online Master of Science in Human Nutrition program and Free-Standing Dietetic Internships. She was previously a Professor and Chair in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss). At Southern Miss, she was the director of the accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics for 7 years and also served as the director of the accredited Dietetic Internship for 9 years. Prior to her time at Southern Miss, Dr. Molaison was an Assistant Professor and DPD Director at Louisiana Tech University.
Dr. Molaison's research interests include prevalence of childhood obesity, school nutrition wellness, community based participatory research, and quality assessment and management in clinical nutrition. She has participated in many grants to assess the trends in overweight and obesity in K-12 students in the south and the impact of school wellness programs on student health and performance. In addition, she has published many abstracts and has presented at national conferences on research conducted by graduate students that she has mentored. A full list of grant funding and publications can be found in her vitae. Her teaching interests are in the area of clinical nutrition and clinical nutrition management, with a focus on competency-based education and assessment.
Dr. Molaison is very active in service to the profession. She was appointed to the board for the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education in 2008 and continued to serve on this board until 2014. In 2012-2013, she elected to serve as the Chair of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) . During her time with ACEND, Dr. Molaison also served as chair of both the Standards Committee and the Future Education Model Committee, which was charged with creating new, degree-based standards. She also served as the academic member of the board for the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) from 2014-2021 and is currently a Sub-Commissioner for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.