Melissa Kay is a public health nutritionist conducting research in support of early life obesity prevention. Her educational background includes public health, food policy and applied nutrition, epidemiology, and nutrition interventions. She is currently faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and is using digital technologies to augment clinical care between primary care visits as well as visits with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Using interactive text messaging, Dr. Kay supports caregivers in adopting healthy feeding behaviors for themselves and their families.
Current Appointments & Affiliations
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics · 2022 - Present Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Pediatrics
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2023 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments
Education, Training & Certifications
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2017 Ph.D.
Tufts University, School of Medicine · 2008 M.S.
Tufts University, School of Medicine · 2008 M.P.H.
Healthy Roots Study