Dianne Stanton Ward, EdD
1968 Coker College BS, Physical Education
1971 University of North Carolina in Greensboro MS, Physical Education
1979 University of North Carolina in Greensboro EdD, Physical Education
Dr. Ward serves as director of Doctoral Program within the Department and as associate director of the Diet, Physical Activity, and Body Composition Core of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC). Dr. Ward’s research focuses on the prevention of obesity and the promotion of healthy diets and physical activity through interventions implemented in child care, schools, communities, and homes. Dr. Ward has been PI for NIH- and CDC-funded research projects that test interventions to promote healthy weight development in children and families. Currently, she is the PI for a 4-year intervention (1R01 HL091093) to prevent obesity by developing parenting skills in parents of young children. An additional focus of her work is the development of measures to assess home environmental factors associated with physical activity, diet, and obesity. Dr. Ward also led the team that developed a policy and environmental intervention for child care, the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care, or NAP SACC, a highly regarded program within the public health community and used by many states to support healthy weight development in young children.