Margaret Bentley, PhD

Dr. Peggy Bentley

Dr. Peggy Bentley

 Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor         Contact: 130 Rosenau Hall
 Department of Nutrition                                                       T: 919-966-9575
 Associate Dean for Global Health                              
 Associate Director, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Disease

Margaret Bentley’s website, Office of Global Health
Bentley_CV_June 2014
Bentley Biosketch October 2014



Ph.D.              Medical Anthropology, 1987, The University of Connecticut
M.A.               Medical Anthropology, 1983, The University of Connecticut
B.A.                Interdisciplinary Degree: Anthropology, Agriculture, and Nutrition, 1976, Michigan State University

 Research Interests

  • Breastfeeding
  • Child development
  • Global health
  • Health behavior
  • Maternal health
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Rural health
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

Research and Administrative Activities

Dr. 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 has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and the application of these techniques for program development and evaluation. In her role as associate dean for global health and advisor to the Gillings Global Gateway, she leads the Gillings School’s educational and curricular strategy for global public health and facilitates the response to global research opportunities from the National Institutes of Health and other governmental, foundation and private sector funders. She is associate director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, a UNC-wide initiative for global health, and serves on advisory boards for a number of University groups.  Dr. Bentley is founding chair of the Triangle Global Health Consortium (TGHC).  From 2010 to 2013, she was chair of the TGHC. She is also a board member of IntraHealth International, a North Carolina-based nonprofit that works to improve health sector capacity and performance in over 90 countries, and represents UNC on the Global Health Committee of the Association of Schools of Public Health. As well as research interests in nutrition for women and infants and infant and young child feeding, she also conducts 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.

Recent Publications

Siega-Riz, A. M., Estrada Del Campo, Y., Kinlaw, A., Reinhart, G. A, Allen, L. H., Shahab-Ferdows, S., Heck, J., Suchindran, C. M., & Bentley, M. E. (2014). 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. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol., 28(3), 245-254.

Ablah, E., Biberman, D. A., Weist, E. M., Buekens, P., Bentley, M. E., Burke, D., Fionnegan, J. R., Flahault, A., Frenk, J., Gotsch, A. R., Klag, M. K., Lopez, R., M. H., Nasca, P., Shortell, S., & Spencer, H. C. (2014). Improving Global Health Education: Development of a Global Health Competency Model. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 90(3), 560-565.

Widen, E. M., Bentley, M. E., Kayira, D., Chasela, C. S., Daza, D. J., Kacheche, Z. K., Tegha, G., Jamieson, D. J., Kourtis, A. P., van der Horst, C. M., Allen, L. H., Shahab-Ferdows, S., & Adair, L. S. for the BAN Study Team. (2014). Changes in soluble transferrin receptors and hemoglobin concentrations in Malawian mothers are associated with those values in their exclusively breastfed, HIV-exposed infants. J Nutr., 144(3), 367-374.

Bentley, M. E., Johnson, S. L., Wasser, H., Creed-Kanashiro, H., Shroff, M., Fernandez, S., Rao, F., & Cunningham, M. (2014). Formative research methods for designing culturally appropriate, integrated child nutrition and development interventions: An overview. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1308, 54-67.

Flax, V. L., Bentley. M. E., Combs, G. F. Jr., Chasela, C. S., Kayira, D., Tegha, G., Kamwendo, D., Daza, E. J., Fokar, A., Kourtis, A. P., Jamieson, D. J., van der Horst, C. M., & Adair, L. S. (2014). Plasma and breastmilk selenium in HIV-infected Malawian mothers are positively associated with infant selenium status but are not associated with maternal supplementation. Am J Clin Nutr., 99(4), 950-956.

Runfola, C. D., Zucker, N. L., Holle, A. V., Mazzeo, S., Hodges, E. A., Perrin, E. M., Bentley, M. E., Ulman, T. F., Hoffman, E.,R., Forsberg, S., Algars, M., Zerwas, S., Pisetsky, E. M., Taico, C., Kuhns, R. A., Hamer, R. M., & Bulik, C. M. (2014). NURTURE: Development and pilot testing of a novel parenting intervention for mothers with histories of an eating disorder. The International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47(1), 1-12.

Ben-Davies, M. E., Kinlaw, A., Estrada Del Campo, Y., Bentley, M. E., & Siega-Riz, A. M. (2014). Risk factors associated with the presence and severity of food insecurity in rural Honduras. Public Health Nutrition, 17(1), 5-13.

Hoffman, E. R., Hodges, E. A., Propper, C., Postage, P. L., Zipkin, E. C., Bentley, M. E., Ward, D. S., Hamer, R. M., & Bulik, C. M. (2013). Behavioral and psychophysiological responsiveness during child feeding in mothers with histories of eating disorders: A pilot study. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35(4), 578-591.

Wasser, H. M., Thompson, A. L., Siega-Riz, M. A., Adair, L. S., Hodges, E. A., & Bentley, M. E. (2013). Who’s feeding baby? Non-maternal involvement in feeding and its association with dietary intakes among infants and toddlers. Appetite, 71C, 7-15.

Active Projects


NUTR 809      Qualitative Research Methods for Nutrition, co-instructor, 2012-present

PUBH 510      Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health, co-instructor, 2004-present

NUTR 261      International Nutrition, co-instructor, 2002 – present