Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, MA, PhD
Dr. Bentley received her MA and PhD degrees in Medical Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. From 1985-98 she was on faculty in International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Since 1998 she has been on faculty at the University of North Carolina, where she has held several leadership roles. Dr. Bentley’s research focuses on women and infant's nutrition, infant and young child feeding, behavioral research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health. She has particular expertise in qualitative research methods and the application of these for program development and evaluation.
Dr. Bentley formerly led an NIH-funded intervention to improve child growth and development in Andhra Pradesh, India and currently leads an NIH-funded trial in North Carolina for prevention of obesity among infants and toddlers. She is Principal Investigator of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant for analyses of nutrition data from the Breastfeeding, Antiretroviral and Nutrition (BAN) study. Dr. Bentley was a member of the Advisory Board of the Indo-US Joint Working Group on Maternal and Child Health and is a member of the ASPPH Global Health Committee. She is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. She was the founding Chair of the Board of Directors of the Triangle Global Health Consortium. She is an officer of the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Universities in Global Health. In 2019, she was elected president of the Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition.
Honors and Awards
2020, American Society for Nutrition
2019, Society for Implmentation Science in Nutrition
Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition Research and Lecture
2016, American Society for Nutrition
Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award
2016, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Ambassador, Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research
2006-present, Research America
2002-present, Society for Applied Anthropology
Research ActivitiesDr. Bentley’s research focuses on nutrition for women and infants, infant and young child feeding, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health, with a focus on India, Africa and the U.S. She led a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation study that examined the nutrition outcomes of HIV+ mothers and their infants who were provided a lipid-based supplement and anti-retroviral therapy. She has expertise in formative and qualitative research methods and the application of these techniques for program development and evaluation. In addition to research interests in nutrition for women and infants and infant and young child feeding, she also has conducted behavioral research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health. She has lived and worked extensively in India, and is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Indo-U.S. Joint Working Group on Maternal and Child Health.
Research Interests: Behavior Science, Infectious Disease, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Obesity, Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health, Water and Sanitiation
Validation of the Infant Feeding Beliefs Questionnaire (IFBQ) among pregnant African-American women and their study partners. Thompson AL, Wasser H, Bentley ME (2019). Appetite, 141(104316).
Is it Possible to Promote Egg Consupmtion During Pregnancy? Findings From a Study on Knowledge,Perceptions, and Practices in Kenya. Schnefke CH, Lutter CK, Thuita F, Webale A, Flax VL, Bentley ME (2019). Food Nutr Bull., 40(2), 151-170.
Dietary Diversity, Food Security, and Body Image among Women and Children on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos. M Pera, B Katz, M Bentley (2019). Maternal and child health journal, 23(6), 830-838.
Formative research to explore the acceptability and use of infant food grinders for the promotion of animal source foods and micronutrient powders in rural Peru. H Creed-Kanashiro, H Wasser, R Bartolini, C Goya, M Bentley (2018). Maternal & child nutrition.
Family-based obesity prevention for infants: Design of the "Mothers & Others" randomized trial. H Wasser, A Thompson, C Suchindran, E Hodges, B Goldman, E Perrin, M Faith, C Bulik, M Jane Heinig, M Bentley (2017). Contemporary clinical trials, 60.
- PhD, Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 1987
- MA, Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 1983
- BA, Anthropology & Nuitrition, Michigan State University, 1976