Ashley Irwin

Research Project Manager
Department of Nutrition


Ashley Irwin is a Research Project Manager with experience in dietetics and public health nutrition. Prior to joining the Mayer-Davis research team in the department of Nutrition in 2021, Irwin attended UNC-Chapel Hill to complete her master's degree in public health and dietetics. During her time as a student at UNC, Irwin worked with the Carolina Hunger Initiative and No Kid Hungry North Carolina to deliver nutrition education and inform individuals and families about access to healthy meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Irwin is a Midwest native and attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison for her undergraduate degree where she studied nutritional sciences and global health. During this time, she worked as a research assistant in a cardiovascular research lab at the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research.

Key Publications

Mindfulness, disordered eating, and impulsivity in relation to glycemia among adolescents with type 1 diabetes and suboptimal glycemia from the Flexible Lifestyles Empowering Change (FLEX) intervention trial. Irwin, A, Igudesman, D, Crandell, J, et al. (2022). Pediatr Diabetes., 23(4), 516- 526.

Staff/Administrative Duties

Ms. Irwin serves as the project manager and research dietitian on an interventional study for adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes that aims to improve glycemic outcomes in this population. Additionally, Irwin is helping coordinate two national multicenter efforts. The first studies Precision Medicine and Nutrition as part of the All of Us Research Program (Nutrition for Precision Health), and the other the focuses on career advancement for underrepresented minority groups in nutrition and diabetes research (North Carolina Consortium for Diversity Career Development in Nutrition, Obesity, and Diabetes Research).


  • Masters of Public Health , Registered Dietitian Training, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2021
  • BS, Nutritional Sciences and Global Health, University of Wisconsin Madison, 2019