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UNC: Alumna Siega-Riz to be Dean of UMass-Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Dr. Anna Maria Siega-Riz, an alumna of and former professor and associate dean at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and Health Sciences has been named dean of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

Dr. Siega-Riz, who has a long history as a leader and top contributor in the field, started her public health journey at Carolina: She received a bachelor’s degree in public health from UNC Gillings, a master’s degree in food and nutrition from UNC-Greensboro, and a doctoral degree in epidemiology from the Gillings School.

Prior to accepting the position at UMass Amherst, Dr. Siega-Riz held a joint appointment in the public health sciences and obstetrics and gynecology departments at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine.

Her research at UVA focused on the connection between maternal weight and diet and adverse pregnancy outcomes. She helped establish a pregnancy database to serve as a biological repository for future studies related to the first 1,000 days of life and was part of a team that examined the effects of a mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention for obese pregnant women. She also studied dietary patterns and health outcomes among Hispanic populations. Over the course of her career, Dr. Siega-Riz has garnered more than $11 million in research funding.

“Dr. Siega-Riz is so prepared to be dean — especially after serving as associate dean for academic and student affairs at UNC Gillings and then research dean at University of Virginia,” said Dr. Barbara K. Rimer, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School. “She is smart, brave and visionary. I really look forward to being her dean colleague. Congratulations to Anna Maria and UMass Amherst!”

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