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June Stevens, PhD

June Stevens

June Stevens, PhD

AICR/WCRF Distinguished Professor
Department of Nutrition
AICR/WCRF Distinguished Professor
Department of Epidemiology
  • 2207 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
  • CB #7461
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA
Dr. June Stevens is a professor in the Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the American Institute for Cancer Research Distinguished Professor. Dr. Stevens is an obesity epidemiologist with a large research program focusing on the causes, consequences, and prevention of obesity in different populations. She has received national level awards (ASN Centrum Award for Excellence in Research and the TOS Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award) and was elected as Vice-President for Academic Affairs for the International Society for the Study of Obesity.  

Dr. Stevens’ grants have generated over 26 million dollars to support her research, and she also has collaborated on projects with other investigators to secure millions of dollars in funding.  She coordinated a series of large, multi-center national trials that have tested behavioral interventions aimed at improving the health of children by promoting lifestyle changes.  Her role as Principal Investigator of coordinating centers is to monitor and enhance study methodology and to participate in the statistical analysis and presentation of scientific results. Dr. Stevens also leads research to examine and compare differences in the impact of obesity on morbidity and mortality in African Americans, Asians and Whites. Another line of research generated equations to predict percent body fat from demographic and anthropometric data (American Body Composition Calculator /ABCC). Dr. Stevens has served as an obesity expert for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Institute of Medicine and the World Health Organization.

Honors and Awards

Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award

2018, The Obesity Society

Authored Article Cited as a Top News Story of 2014 by The Obesity Society

2014, The Obesity Society

Affiliate of Corpus Christy College

2013-present, Cambridge University

Receipient of the 2012 Centrum Center Award

2012, American Society for Nutrition

Representative Courses

NUTR 885 Doctoral Seminar

NUTR 814/EPI 261 Obesity Epidemiology

Research Interests

  • Cancer
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Obesity

Practice Activities

Active Projects
Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research Coordinating Unit
Measurements to enhance research in childhood obesity  (Ancilliary project to Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research Coordinating Unit)
A Novel Diet Phenotype Interaction Affecting body weight
Nutrition Innovation Collaboration
Percent body fat equations for the United States Population


Fellow, Epidemiology, Medical Univ. of So Carolina, 1987

Fellow, Epidemiology, New England Epid Institute, 1992

PhD, Human Nuitrition, Cornell University, 1986

MA, Human Nutrition, Pennsylvania State, 1978

RD, Clinical Dietetics, Cleveland Metro. Gen. Hosp, 1975

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