Heather Colleran

Associate Professor

Heather Colleran
College of Ag & Environ Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

Benbow Hall 205A
Ph.D.Nutrition / University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.S.Exercise Science / University of Massachusetts Boston
B.S.Chemistry / University of North Carolina at Wilmington


Dr. Heather L Colleran is an associate professor in Food and Nutritional Sciences in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Colleran earned a PhD in Human Nutrition from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010. She earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1997 and in Exercise and Sport Science from The University of Massachusetts at Boston in 2003. During her undergraduate years, she competed nationally and internationally as a competitive lightweight rower.

Research Interests

Dr. Colleran's research interest is with nutrition and exercise interventions aimed at health and wellness promotion for children, students, athletes and families.

Recent Publications

  • Rafaela Airoldi, Thais Lomonaco, Juliana Ract, Aline Foguel, Heather Colleran, Salam Ibrahim, Roberta Silva (2022). (Potential use of carnauba wax oleogel to replace saturated fat in ice cream). In Wiley, (Oleogel Issue) pp. 1-15. J Am Oil Chem Soc.
  • R Silva, HL Colleran, SA Ibrahim (2021). Milk fat globule membrane in infant nutrition: a dairy industry perspective. The Journal of Dairy Research. (1) 88, pp. 105-116.
  • A Ayad, L Williams, D El-Rab, R Ayivi, HL Colleran, S Aljaloud, SA Ibrahim (2020). A review of the chemical composition, nutritional and health benefits of dates for their potential use in energy nutrition bars for athletes. Cogent Food & Agriculture. (1) 6, pp. 1809309.
  • HL Colleran, T Fuller, R Silva (2019). Assessment of Nutrition Knowledge of Students Enrolled in Human Performance and Leisure Studies Courses at Historically Black Colleges University. Advances in Nutrition and Food Science. (4) 2019, pp. 5.
  • HL Colleran, A Hiatt, L Wideman, C Lovelady (2019). The Effect of an Exercise Intervention During Early Lactation on Bone Mineral Density During the First Year Postpartum. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. pp. 1-8.
  • B. Epps, A. Sharkey, HL Colleran (2018). Assessment of Nutrition Knowledge of Historically Black College and University Students in an Introductory Family and Consumer Science Course. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (9) 118, pp. A24.
  • T Hamazaki, HL Colleran, K Hamazaki, Y Matsuoka, M Itomura, J Hibbeln (2014). The safety of fish oils for those whose risk of injury is high. Military Medicine. (11 Suppl) 179, pp. 134-7.
  • C Goertz, B Marriott, M Finch, R Bray, T Williams, L Hourani, L Hadden, HL Colleran, W Jonas, (2013). Military report more complementary and alternative medicine use than civilians. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. (6) 19, pp. 509-17.
  • HL Colleran, L Wideman, C Lovelady (2012). Effects of energy restriction and exercise on bone mineral density during lactation. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.(8) 44, pp. 1570-9.
  • HL Colleran, C Lovelady (2012). Use of MyPyramid Menu Planner for Moms in a weight-loss intervention during lactation. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (4) 112, pp. 553-8. 
  • H Mackie, L Wideman, M Bopp, C Lovelady, HL Colleran (2009). Effect of exercise training on loss of bone mineral density during lactation. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. (10) 41, pp. 1902-7.