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Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FNSCA, FACSM, FISSN

Professor – Exercise Physiology
Adjunct Associate Professor – Department of Nutrition
Director, Applied Physiology Laboratory
Co-Director, Human Performance Center

Department of Exercise and Sport Science
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
209 Fetzer Hall, CB# 8700
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8700
Office: 312 Woollen  |  Phone: 919-962-2574


Twitter: @asmithryan




Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FNSCA, FACSM, FISSN  joined the Department of Exercise and Sport Science as an assistant professor in July, 2011.  Dr. Smith-Ryan completed her undergraduate degree from Truman State University (Kirksville, MO) and her graduate work in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK; MA and PhD). She currently serves as a University liaison for the ‘Working on Women in Science (WOWS)’ initiative.

Dr. Smith-Ryan’s research interests center around exercise and nutrition interventions to modify various aspects of body composition, cardiovascular health, and metabolic function.  She is an active researcher in the field of metabolism, sport nutrition and exercise performance, in both healthy and clinical populations, leading projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and International and National industry sponsored clinical trials.  Dr. Smith-Ryan contributes to the current body of scientific literature with over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts; a number of scholastic books and book chapters, and international/national presentations. She is actively involved in the National Strength and Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and the International Society of Sports Nutrition. She was recognized by the NSCA as the Nutrition Researcher of the Year (2013) and the Young Investigator of the Year (2015).

Dr. Smith-Ryan has a passion for improving the health and quality of life of others through evidenced-based research.

To learn more about her research and lab see here: