Diets, Sport Nutrition

Gabrielle Fundaro | PhD, CISSN, CHC
Specialties: Long-Term Weight Management

I am a former Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Georgia Gwinnett College and hold a PhD in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech as well as a BS in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education from Radford University. I am an ACE-certified Health Coach with both Monash Low-FODMAP and ISSN Sport Nutritionist certifications. I believe in the importance of flexible dietary approaches in addition to regular, enjoyable physical activity and cognitive exercises as part of a sustainable lifestyle free from the chronic dieting mindset. Whether you are a competitive athlete focused on sport nutrition or curious about gentle lifestyle changes to support your health and well-being, we will form a team based on mutual trust and understanding, and my expertise will supplement your journey.

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.  In collaboration with MNU-Certified Nutritionist Shannon Beer, LLB, I have developed an integrative coaching framework that applies motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral coaching, and acceptance and commitment therapy-aligned processes in a client-centered alliance toward their own values-based goals. This Comprehensive Coaching model is an evidence-based approach that facilitates long-term behavior change and flourishing health in clients from all walks of life.

I am 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. 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 such as Shape, Oxygen, Reader’s Digest, and InStyle. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, spending time with my dogs, and lifting weights.


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)

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)

Professional Experience

Sports Nutrition Association, Advisory Board Member (2020)

Nutrition Coaching Global Mastermind, Board Member (2020)

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

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

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

Teaching Experience

Nutrition in Health and Exercise

Human Anatomy & Physiology

Introduction to Exercise Science

Introduction to Foods, Nutrition and Exercise

Metabolic Nutrition

Training Experience

3rd place, 57kg (Raw Open), USAPL Georgia State Championships (2018)

Best Female Lifter, USAPL Atlanta Winter Smash (2018)

5th Place, 63kg (Raw LW), USAPL 5 Bar Showdown (2017)

1st Place, Open Class A, Women’s Physique, Lee Haney Games (2015)

Additional experience in gi and no-gi Brazilian jiu jitsu, climbing, and numerous 5K-10-mile trail running events