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Kelly R. Evenson, PhD

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
  • USA

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 communication to women 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 College of Sports Medicine and volunteers on editorial boards for several journals.

Research Interests

  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Obesity


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

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