Mary Altpeter, PhD

  Adjunct Assistant Professor
Health Behavior

Senior Scientist
UNC Institute on Aging

Mary Altpeter’s website

Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
1700 M L King Jr Blvd, Ste 200
Campus Box 7426
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7246

T: 919-966-0499
F: 919-966-9395

2000 Memorial University of Newfoundland PhD, Social Work
1987 State University of New York at Albany MPA, Public Management
1973 State University of New York at Albany MSW, Clinical Practice
Research and practice interests

  • Aging
  • Health behavior
Research activities


  • PI of the CDC-funded NC Healthy Aging Research Network
  • Member of the national CDC-funded Healthy Aging Research Network
  • PI of the Mid Atlantic Region Arthritis Foundation “Bringing Walk With Ease to the Workplace”
  • Evaluation consultant to AoA-funded NC REACH II Caregiver Health intervention project
  • Technical consultant to the AoA-funded “Planning a Nationwide Evaluation of Evidence-based Programs for Seniors”
  • Curriculum consultant to the BPSE-funded California Geriatric Education Center

Primary teaching area

  • Designed 10 online training modules for the National Council on Aging that focus on building capacity of public health and aging providers to delivery evidence-based health promotion programs

Primary Research areas

  • Designing and testing evidence-based health promotion programs for older adults
  • Conducting program evaluation of evidence-based health promotion programs
  • Building community provider capacity in health promotion programming
Staff/administrative responsibilities

As HB adjunct:

      Advise on evidence-based health promotion program design and testing
      Lectures on evidence-based health promotion for older adults
      Work with faculty on grant development in health promotion for middle aged and older adults
      Use of REAIM model and other translational models as dissertation director
      Use of REAIM model and other translational models as research advisor
      Mentoring on partnership-building — extensive experience working with national, regional, state and local partners to advance health promotion programming for older adults