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Alice Ammerman

University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Alice Ammerman

Alice Ammerman is Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Kaufman Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She serves as co-course director for Healthy Eating in Practice.


Alice Ammerman’s research activities include design and testing of innovative clinical and community-based nutrition and physical activity intervention approaches for chronic disease risk reduction in primarily low income and minority populations. Her recent research interests focus on school nutrition policy associated with childhood obesity, sustainable agriculture as it relates to improved nutrition, and social entrepreneurship as a sustainable approach to addressing public health concerns. She is also interested in methods of research translation and dissemination and is currently the principal investigator of the Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation, charged with identification, translation, and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for obesity and cardiovascular disease control and prevention.

Dr. Ammerman received her doctoral degree in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been Director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention since 2004. In 2000, she received the Greenberg Award for excellence in public health research, service, and practice. The American Public Health Association awarded her with the Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award in 2006.

Dr. Ammerman has strong research and practice collaborations across the state addressing childhood obesity and was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to serve on the Childhood Obesity Study Committee, charged with recommending legislative action around childhood obesity. She also serves on the Governor’s Task Force for Healthy Carolinians. Dr. Ammerman is the author of more than 75 scientific articles and book chapters.