Derek Hales

Derek P. Hales, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
1700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
CB # 7426
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


The focus of Dr. Hale's work at this time includes both measurement of physical activity and determinants of physical activity behavior. Recent work has involved measuring environments (childcare and home) that influence young children’s nutrition and physical activity behavior. He is also very interested in scale development, psychometrics, structural equation modeling and survey design.


  • Ph.D., Department of Exercise Science, University of Georgia, 2005
  • M.A., Physical Education Pedagogy, East Carolina University, 2000
  • B.A, Physical Education and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996