Mildred Kaufman Distinguished Professor
Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (a CDC Prevention Research Center)
Cancer Prevention and Control
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
- Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award, awarded by the Food and Nutrition Section, American Public Health Association, 2006
- Global Health Faculty Research Partnership Grant, 2006
- Research Fellow, The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2003-2008
- Sarah Mazelis Best Paper of the Year Award for Health Promotion Practice, awarded by SOPHE Awards Committee for PRAISE! Project Paper, 2002
- Bernard G. Greenberg Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research,and Service, School of Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2000
- Fellow, American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology, 1997
- Spotlight Dietitian, American Dietetic Association, Nutrition Research Dietetic Practice Group, 1994
- Secretary’s Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1990
- Nutrition Institute Fellowship Award for research in preventive cardiology, 1987
- Delta Omega Honor Society and Special Service Award, 1981
News and Stories
UNC Lineberger awards $1.1 million in developmental research grants
UNC Lineberger awarded 17 developmental research grants totaling nearly $1.1 million to faculty during the spring 2022 award cycle.