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Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD

Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD

Health Policy and Management
  • 1102D McGavran-Greenberg Hall
  • CB #7411
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411

Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC). Dr. Dilworth-Anderson’s areas of expertise include family caregiving to dementia patients, minority aging and health, and chronic disease care and management in cultural context. Her overall research focus is on health disparities with an emphasis on building knowledge to inform, researching, translating and disseminating information on chronic disease care and management in medically underserved populations. Her current research includes collaborating with international colleagues on a project related to building community capacity to address Alzheimer’s disease and care. She is the 2010 recipient of the Ronald & Nancy Reagan Alzheimer’s Research Award for her research contributions on Alzheimer’s disease in underserved populations.

Dr. Dilworth-Anderson has served on numerous boards and committees that address aging issues including the National Research Advisory Council of the Institute on Aging/NIH (2007-2011) and on the Forum on Aging, Disability & Independence, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2012 – 2014.  She currently serves on the Global Council on Brain Health with twelve other national and international scholars and is a member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern North Carolina Chapter.

Dr. Dilworth-Anderson has taught courses in aging, qualitative research methods, and most recently in translational health disparities. In addition to teaching, she has dedicated many years to mentoring graduate students, fellows, and junior and mid-career faculty. In recognition of her mentoring, she received the Minority Task Force Mentor Award in 2006 from the Gerontological Society of America and the UNC Faculty to Faculty Mentoring Award in 2012 from the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.

Honors and Awards

Faculty to Faculty Mentoring Award

2012, Carolina Women’s Leadership Council

Ronald and Nancy Reagan Award in Alzheimer's Research

2010, Alzheimer's Association

Elected President

2009, Gerontological Society of America

Minority Task Force Mentor Award

2006, Gerontological Society

Presidential Appointment

2005, White House Conference on Aging Advisory Committee

Research Activities

  • Health Disparities
  • Dementia and Caregiving
  • Family Caregiving and Aging
  • Minority Aging & Aging in Cultural Context

Key Publications

Differential Item Functioning in Positive Aspects of Caregiving for Persons with Dementia. Roth, D., Dilworth-Anderson, P., Gross, A., Huang, J., & Gitlin, L. (2015). Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 70(6), 813-819.

Baby Boomer Caregiver and Dementia Caregiving: Findings from the National Study of Caregiving. Moon, H. & Dilworth-Anderson P. (2015). Age and Ageing, 44(2), 300-306.

Weighing Projections of Physical Decline in Lung Cancer Surgery Decisions. Cykert, S., Walker, P., McGuire, F., Dilworth-Anderson, P., & Edwards, L. (2015). American Journal of Medical Sciences, 349(1), 61-66.

Social Justice, Health Disparities, and Culture in the Care of the Elderly. Dilworth-Anderson, P., Pierre, G., & Hilliard, T. (2012). Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 40(1), 26-32.


BA, Sociology, Tuskegee Institute, 1970

MA, Sociology, Northwestern University, 1972

PhD, Sociology, Northwestern University, 1975

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