Amy Jo Riggs, PhD, RD, LD


Amy Jo Riggs, PhD

Dr. Riggs serves as an Adjunct Professor of Health & Human Performance at Concordia University, Chicago. Currently, she is a Full Professor at Georgia Southern University.

She earned her Ph.D. in Nutrition (emphasis in biochemistry) at Auburn University, her Master’s Degree from Ball State University (emphasis in community nutrition), and her B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science (emphasis in clinical nutrition) from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Dr. Riggs is a Registered Dietitian and has 15 years of clinical experience working with a variety of chronic illnesses including, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. She also has experience working with patients suffering with eating disorders as well as working with athletes. Her main research interests are preventative medicine and sports nutrition.


PhD in Nutrition from Auburn University
MS in Nutrition from Ball State University


HHP 7030 Advance Exercise and Sports Nutrition

Research Interests

  • Preventative Medicine
  • SoTL Research
  • Sports Nutrition and Wellness


  • Riggs, A.J. and Langdon, J. Nutrition knowledge and feeding practices among       parents of young children in rural southeast Georgia: A pilot study. Georgia
  • Association for Physical Education, Recreations, & Dance (GAHPERD) Journal. 2014, 46(3), 14-19.
  • Riggs, AJ, Melton, B, Bigham, L, and Zhang, J.  Body weight misconception and maintenance among female African American college students. Journal of Black Studies. 2017 48(7): 698-709.
  • Jackson, B., Whilhoite, S., Trettel, E., Riggs, AJ., Ryan, G., and Melton, B. (2018)). Exercise is Medicine on Campus Initiative’s Impact on Active Commuting: A Pilot Study of a Rural Southeastern University. College Student Journal. 2018 52(2).
Request a FREE Program Guide

Fill in your information below and receive a free program guide about Concordia University Chicago’s programs in Applied Exercise Science