Sandra Mooney

Sandra Mooney, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition
UNC Nutrition Research Institute
UNC Nutrition Research Institute
UNC Nutrition Research Institute, 500 Laureate Way, Room 2353
Kannapolis NC 28081


Between 10 and 30 percent of pregnant women in the United States drink alcohol. The rate of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the U.S. is estimated at 2-5 percent of first-grade children. Dr. Mooney's work uses animal models to test nutritional interventions that may ameliorate alcohol-induced deficits as well as examining other factors, such as genes and nutrition, that confer vulnerability or resistance.


  • PhD, Anatomy and Structural Biology, University of Otago, New Zealand, 1997