Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, MA, PhD
Dr. Bentley received her MA and PhD degrees in Medical Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. From 1985-98 she was on faculty in International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Since 1998 she has been on faculty at the University of North Carolina, where she has held several leadership roles. Dr. Bentley’s research focuses on women and infant's nutrition, infant and young child feeding, behavioral research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health. She has particular expertise in qualitative research methods and the application of these for program development and evaluation.
Dr. Bentley formerly led an NIH-funded intervention to improve child growth and development in Andhra Pradesh, India and currently leads an NIH-funded trial in North Carolina for prevention of obesity among infants and toddlers. She is Principal Investigator of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant for analyses of nutrition data from the Breastfeeding, Antiretroviral and Nutrition (BAN) study. Dr. Bentley was a member of the Advisory Board of the Indo-US Joint Working Group on Maternal and Child Health and is a member of the ASPPH Global Health Committee. She is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. In 2005 she was named Paul G. Rogers Ambassador for Global Health and was the founding Chair of the Board of Directors of the Triangle Global Health Consortium. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Universities in Global Health. Recently, she was elected as the UNC Faculty Director of the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Fellows Program.
Honors and Awards
Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition Research and Lecture
2016, American Society for Nutrition
Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award
2016, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Ambassador, Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research
2006-present, Research America
2002-present, Society for Applied Anthropology
NUTR 745: International Nutrition, 2002–present (co-instructor)
NUTR 809: Qualitative Research Methods for Nutrition (co-instructor)
PUBH 530: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Global Health, 2004-2014
Research ActivitiesDr. Bentley’s research focuses on nutrition for women and infants, infant and young child feeding, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health, with a focus on India, Africa and the U.S. She led a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation study that examined the nutrition outcomes of HIV+ mothers and their infants who were provided a lipid-based supplement and anti-retroviral therapy. She has expertise in formative and qualitative research methods and the application of these techniques for program development and evaluation. In addition to research interests in nutrition for women and infants and infant and young child feeding, she also has conducted behavioral research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health. She has lived and worked extensively in India, and is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Indo-U.S. Joint Working Group on Maternal and Child Health.
- Behavior Science
- Infectious Disease
- Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health
- Water and Sanitiation
Effect of supplementation with a lipid-based nutrient supplement on the micronutrient status of children aged 6-18 months living in the rural region of intibucá, honduras. Lindsay Allen, Margaret Bentley, Yaniré Campo, Jeff Heck, Alan Kinlaw, Gregory Reinhart, Setareh Shahab-Ferdows, Anna Siega-Riz, Chirayath Suchindran (2014). Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 28(3), 245-254.
Improving global health education: Development of a global health competency model. Elizabeth Ablah, Margaret Bentley, Dorothy Biberman, Pierre Buekens, Donald Burke, Antoine Flahault, Julio Frenk, Audrey Gotsch, John Jr., Michael Klag, Mario Lopez, Philip Nasca, Stephen Shortell, Harrison Spencer, Elizabeth Weist (2014). American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 90(3), 560-565.
Formative research methods for designing culturally appropriate, integrated child nutrition and development interventions: An overview. Margaret Bentley, Hilary Creed-Kanashiro, Melissa Cunningham, Susan Johnson, Sylvia Rao, Monal Shroff, Heather Wasser (2013). Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
PhD, Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 1987
MA, Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 1983
BA, Anthropology & Nuitrition, Michigan State University, 1976