Meghan Slining, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
Carolina Population Center, 123 West Franklin Street
CB #8120
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Dr. Slining’s research focuses on the determinants and consequences of overweight in early life. Her current research examines trends and patterns of child diet and how they relate to childhood obesity. Dr. Slining is presently involved in a number of methodological studies aimed at improving our measurement of the US food supply. Other interests include understanding how early life physical growth affects adult health and disease in a developing country context and understanding how infant physical size relates to gross motor development in the US. Dr. Slining has a background in US food policy and has collaborated with academic researchers and policy makers on a series of publications examining US State regulations related to feeding, activity and obesity prevention in child care settings. She is currently a member of The American Society of Nutrition and is the Chair Elect of the Epidemiology Interest Section of The Obesity Society.

Representative Courses

Introduction to Human Nutrition (NUTR 240)


  • PhD, Nutrition (minor in Epidemiology), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
  • MS, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Tufts University, School of Nutrition, 2006
  • MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Tufts University, School of Medicine, 2006
  • BA, Multicultural Health Advocacy, Fairhaven College, 1998