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Faculty and Staff

 Department of Family and Consumer Sciences


Cheryl Atkinson, Ph.D., RD, LDN, Professor and Chair and

Director, DI Program

102 P.E. Thrift Hall

Tel: 225-771-4291 or 225-771-3168

Fax: 225-771-2400


Deirdra Ricard, Administrative Assistant

102 P.E. Thrift Hall

Tel: 225-771-4660


Full-Time Faculty

Melissa Johnson, Ph.D., M.S., Assistant Professor

109H P.E. Thrift Hall

Tel: 225-771-2496


Samii Kennedy Benson, Ph.D., M.S., Assistant Professor

109O P.E. Thrift Hall

Tel: 225-771-2808


Cheria Lane-Mackey, Ed.D., M.S., Associate Professor and Program Leader

109J P.E. Thrift Hall

Tel: 225-771-4279


Bernestine McGee, Ph.D., RD, LDN, Professor and Program Leader, HNFD

109E P.E. Thrift Hall



Kenyetta Nelson-Smith, Ph.D., M.S., Assistant Professor

109M P.E. Thrift Hall

Tel: 225-771-5598


Jung-Im Seo, Ph.D., M.S., Assistant Professor

109K P.E. Thrift Hall

Tel: 225-771-4290


Adjunct Faculty

Celia Bridgeforth, M.P.A., RDN, LDN

109B P.E. Thrift Hall


Keisha Dandridge Ceasar, M.A., Director/Instructor – Child Development Laboratory

Child Development Laboratory

Te: 225-771-3494


Janet Gager, M.S.

109G P.E. Thrift Hall

Tel: 225-771-3142


Glenda Johnson, Ph.D., RD, LDN

109C P.E. Thrift Hall

Tel: 225-771-3909


Monica McDaniels, M.S., RD. LDN


Gillian Sims, Ph.D.

109P P.E. Thrift Hall

Tel: 225-771-2347


Oscar Udoh, Ph.D.

141 A.O. Williams Hall (SU Ag Center)

Tel: 225-771-2090


Brenda Williams, M.S.