StephMazzuccaStephanie Mazzucca
Stephanie joined the CHWR team in September 2008 as a Research Assistant. She worked on multiple intervention and measurement projects before enrolling in the Doctoral program in the Nutrition Department at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stephanie’s dissertation research is focused on understanding how the physical and social environments of Early Care and Education (ECE) centers influence children’s physical activity levels and improving training and technical assistance models for teachers around supporting physical activity in their classrooms. Her broader research interests center on promoting children’s healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors at ECE settings and at home, including measurement of these behaviors and environments, intervention development and evaluation, and translation of research into practice. Prior to joining CHWR she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill.
CourtneyLueckingCourtney Luecking, MS, MPH, RD
Courtney began her doctoral training in the Nutrition Department at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. Courtney earned dual Master degrees from Saint Louis University in Nutrition and Public Health, and she is a Registered Dietitian. Her research interests center on developing healthy lifestyle interventions that minimize the risk of chronic disease and discovering how to connect people and organizations with effective programs and enable them to implement and sustain change in a way that will allow the healthiest choices to become the easiest choices. Her dissertation will focus on the implementation of a theory-based, social marketing intervention currently being tested for efficacy.
CodyNeshterukCody Neshteruk
Cody began his doctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 in the Department of Nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Before coming to UNC, Cody earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University in the Nutritional Sciences program. Cody’s research interests include understanding the impact parents have on young children’s diet and physical activity behaviors and how we can better engage fathers in family-based obesity prevention. His dissertation research is focused on physical activity promotion with fathers and their children.
TaraCarrTara Carr, MPH, RD
Tara joined the CHWR team as a nutrition doctoral student in 2015. She is a Registered Dietitian and earned her Master of Public Health degree from the Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the team, she worked with the WIC and SNAP-Ed programs in North Carolina. Her research interests include interventions and policies that promote healthy weight accrual and eating behaviors in early childhood. She is also interested in how early care and education programs can connect with sustainable local food systems to improve access to healthy foods. Tara is currently working with the Baby NAP SACC intervention. Her dissertation research focus is evolving.

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