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Alice S. Ammerman

Alice S. Ammerman

  • DrPH, RD
  • Cancer Prevention and Control

  • Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (a CDC Prevention Research Center); Professor, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine
  • alice_ammerman@unc.edu
  • 919-966-6082
  • 1700 Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd., Room 239, CB #7426 Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Area of Interest

Dr. Ammerman's research interests involve design and testing of innovative nutrition and physical activity intervention approaches for chronic disease risk reduction in primarily low income and minority populations. Interventions include low literacy materials development, interactive computer technology, individual tailoring, and multiple risk factor interventions. She has developed and validated dietary and physical activity assessment instruments as well as psychosocial surveys. Dr. Ammerman is also active in research and public health practice related to community based public health, nutrition interventions by primary care providers, participatory research, assets mapping, and university-community partnership development. She has conducted several large systematic evidence reviews regarding dietary change interventions.

Awards and Honors

2006, Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award, awarded by the Food and Nutrition Section, American Public Health Association

2006, Recipient of Global Health Faculty Research Partnership Grant to establish new research collaborations with Chinese Scientists in developing tools and policies to control obesity

2003-2008, Research Fellow, The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC-CH

2002, Sarah Mazelis Best Paper of the Year Award for Health Promotion Practice, awarded by SOPHE Awards Committee for PRAISE! Project Paper

2000, Bernard G. Greenberg Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research,and Service, School of Public Health, UNC-CH

1997, Fellow: American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology

1994, Spotlight Dietitian, American Dietetic Association, Nutrition Research Dietetic Practice Group

1990, Secretary's Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UNC competition

1987, Nutrition Institute Fellowship Award for research in preventive cardiology

1981, Delta Omega Honor Society and Special Service Award