Margaret E. Bentley


Ph.D., Chamblee Distinguished Professor, Nutrition
Associate Dean for Global Health; Associate Director, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases

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Dr. Bentley's Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Bentley's publications in PubMed

Dr. Bentley's CPC publications

Bentley is a medical/nutritional anthropologist whose research focus is on women’s and infants’ nutrition, infant and young child feeding, HIV and breastfeeding, and community-based interventions for improving growth and development of young children. She has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and in the application of these for program development and evaluation. Bentley was PI of a recently completed NICHD/NIH five-year longitudinal study, Infant Care, Feeding, and Risk of Obesity, to examine the role of behavioral and environmental factors on infant health outcomes in low-income African-American mothers and infants in North Carolina. She was also PI of an NICHD/NIH 60 village, 600 mother-infant pair randomized clinical trial to improve growth and development of infants and young children in Andhra Pradesh, India, whose data are in analyses. She was PI of a Bill and Melinda Gates study that is analyzing nutrition and biomarker data of HIV-positive women enrolled in the BAN (Breastfeeding, Antiretroviral, and Nutrition) study in Malawi. She is currently PI of an NIH/NICHD R01, “Mothers and Others: Family-Based Obesity Prevention for Infants and Toddlers.” This is the parent grant of the proposed NRI sub-study, “Impact of maternal obesity and infant feeding practices on the development and function of the infant intestinal microbiome.” In all of this research, she has mentored pre-doctoral students under her supervision and has been a co-mentor for students in departments outside of nutrition (Anthropology, Health Behavior, Maternal and Child Health). She has had consistent NIH support since receiving her first R01 in 2004. She has conducted substantive research in global nutrition and health in nearly a dozen countries and has held several leadership roles in global health that provide unique mentoring opportunities.

Looking forward, Bentley’s research will continue its focus on population-science issues affecting women’s and children’s nutrition and health, both globally and locally. In particular, her theoretical and empirical work on caregiving/parenting and its relationship to child growth and development, which has been continually funded by awards from NIH/NICHD since 2004, will remain a key focus of her research, publications, and future grants.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Population Health

  • Reproductive Health

Current Research Projects:

Information updated on 9/20/2018

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