Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC USA
Obesity Epidemiology was in its early years when Dr. Stevens began a body of work that has spanned numerous topics, but with a never-wavering focus on obesity. She has distinguished herself as a leader of Coordinating Centers for multi-center, randomized trials testing interventions to prevent or treat obesity in children. She has been Principal Investigator of four U01 awards from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to support the trial work and has held numerous other NIH awards to support her epidemiologic studies. Her obesity publications include work on the consequences of BMI, fat distribution, and weight change on cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, physical functioning and hospitalizations. She has also studied causes of obesity including ethnicity, acculturation, state-level policies and home environments to name but a few. She has published obesity-related methodologic work on study design, environmental measures, sources of bias in trials, and body composition assessment. She has multiple commentaries on topics such as the definition of weight maintenance, methods to evaluate obesity prevention interventions, and metabolically healthy obesity.
Dr. Stevens has served as an obesity expert for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Institute of Medicine and the World Health Organization. She served as Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for almost a decade. Educated in Human Nutrition at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Pennsylvania State University and Cornell University, she brings alive the cell to society approach to the problem of obesity.