Nationally-renowned expert in child and adolescent nutrition and obesity, Mary Story, has joined Duke University as professor of global health and community and family medicine. She will also lead global health education initiatives at the Duke Global Health Institute as associate director for academic programs.
Story came to Duke in January from the University of Minnesota where she held leadership positions for the last 13 years, most recently as senior associate dean for Academic and Student Affairs and professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health. She was also adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine.
Story is a leading scholar in the field of child and adolescent nutrition and child obesity prevention. She is the director of the National Program Office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research program. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and currently serves on the IOM Food and Nutrition Board and , co-vice chair of the IOM Obesity Solutions Rountable. She also serves on the DHHS/USDA 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
She is interested in environmental and policy approaches to improve healthy eating. Through her work, she seeks to understand the multiple factors related to eating behaviors of youth, and environmental, community, and school-based interventions for obesity prevention and healthy eating. She has more than 400 scientific publications.
She received a Ph.D. in human nutrition science from Florida State University and is credentialed as a registered dietitian.