American Health Council Names Carol Cheatham, Ph.D. to Education Board

Carol CheathamDr. Carol L. Cheatham of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been selected to join the Education Board at the American Health Council. She will be sharing her knowledge and expertise on Nutrition and Brain Development and Function.

With over twelve years of experience in the field of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dr. Cheatham offers valuable insight in her role as an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Recognized as the nation’s first public university, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service.

As an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2008, Dr. Cheatham’s day-to-day responsibilities include research on the nutritional effects on brain development and cognitive abilities in infants, children, and older adults and lecturing to healthcare professionals.

In 2004, Dr. Cheatham earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She chose the field of Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience due to her fascination with the brain. Dr. Cheatham attributes her level of success to being a hard worker, having a passion for the field, and her mentor, J. Steven Resnick.

Dr. Cheatham maintains affiliations with the following organizations: Society for Research in Child Development; American Society of Nutrition; International Society for Nutrigenetics & Nutrigenomics; Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Society (DOHD); Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA); Fetal Alcohol Study Group; Cognitive Development Society (CDS); Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi.

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Cheatham is proud to have published six book chapters, twenty-five peer reviewed publications, and speaking at international conferences and meetings. She is honored to receive funding from the NIH, Industry, and the Gates Foundation.

Her commitment to research has led to the following recognitions: 2014 National Trio Achiever’s Award; 2010 Distinguished Alumna, Northwest College; International Life Sciences Institute 2011 Future Leader Nomination – 2010; 2004 University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship; (2003-2004) Eva O. Miller Fellowship; (2000-2003) National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship; (1999-2000) Equal Education Opportunity Fellowship; 2009 Danone Nutrition Leadership Institute Inductee.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking. Dr. Cheatham is a proud mother of two beautiful, successful women.

Looking ahead, Dr. Cheatham hopes for continued personal and professional career growth in addition to designing and implementing new research on the gut-brain axis.

Carol Cheatham

Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

  • UNC has earned a reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Carolina prides itself on a strong, diverse student body, academic opportunities not found anywhere else, and a value unmatched by any public university in the nation.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education.
  • Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in all 100 counties. Carolina’s 292,500 alumni live in all 50 states and more than 150 countries. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees and certificates

Publications

  • N-3 fatty acids and cognitive and visual acuity development: methodologic and conceptual considerations. 2006. PubMed
  • Long-term effects of LCPUFA supplementation on childhood cognitive outcomes. 2013. PubMed
  • Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in infancy reduces heart rate and positively affects distribution of attention. 2011. PubMed
  • The emergence and basis of endogenous attention in infancy and early childhood. 2006. PubMed
  • Omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio and higher-order cognitive functions in 7- to 9-y-olds: a cross-sectional study. 2013. PubMed
  • The development of declarative memory in infants born preterm. 2010. PubMed