Stephanie Martin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Nutrition
Stephanie Martin is an assistant professor with more than 15 years' experience designing and implementing behavioral interventions in low-income countries. Dr. Martin's research focuses on the evaluation of behavioral interventions to improve maternal and child nutrition, implementation research to facilitate the translation of global recommendations into effective programs, and mixed-methods research to examine barriers and facilitators to infant and young child care and feeding practices.
Dr. Stephanie Martin holds a PhD in Nutrition from Cornell University. After serving as a Global and Public Health Lecturer and Research Associate at Cornell University, she joined UNC's Department of Nutrition as an Assistant Professor in September 2017.
Dr. Martin conducts mixed-methods research to examine multilevel factors that influence maternal and child nutrition practices and outcomes. She is currently examining fathers' willingness to support infant feeding in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia; breastfeeding practices among women working in the informal sector in urban Tanzania; adolescent nutrition in an informal settlement in Kenya; and challenges health workers experience when providing breastfeeding support to families in Appalachia. Her previous research in Kenya demonstrated the acceptability of community- and facility-based interventions to engage family members in maternal and child nutrition, and the positive relationship between social support and nutrition practices. Dr. Martin's research program has been informed by her 13-year career as a global health practitioner, which focused on the design and implementation of behavioral interventions in low- and middle-income countries.
Last Updated: 2020-06-08