Dr. Kelly Evenson

Kelly R. Evenson, PhD

Department of Epidemiology
123 W Franklin Street, Building C
Suite 410
CB #8050
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8050


Dr. Kelly Evenson is a professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research focuses on physical activity and sedentary behavior, with specific interests in measurement, surveillance, intervention, and associations with outcomes. Dr. Evenson also conducts research to identify and evaluate policies and environments that support physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior. With an interest in physical activity during pregnancy and postpartum, and the recommendations associated with these behaviors, she participated on several national and international committees to update guidelines and facilitate research in this area. She has served as a resource for physical activity measurement for several large cohort studies, consulted on the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and led the early evaluation of the National Physical Activity Plan. She is a fellow with the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine and volunteers on editorial boards for several journals.

Kelly Evenson in the Gillings News

Research Interests:

Aging, Cancer, Heart Disease and Stroke, Nutrition and Physical Activity


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MS, Exercise Physiology, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse
  • BA, Mathematics / Physical Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill