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Annie Hardison-Moody, PhD

Associate Professor

Extension Specialist


512 Brickhaven Drive 240F


Area(s) of Expertise

  • Religion and health
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Women’s health
  • Health promotion


Annie Hardison-Moody received her PhD in religion from Emory University in 2012, where her studies focused on the intersections of religion and public health. Dr. Hardison-Moody continues to work in the emerging field of religion and health, with a focus on gender, reproductive health, food, and parenting.

She is co-editor of Parenting Practices as a Source for Theology: Mothering Matters (Palgrave Macmillan), and author of When Religion Matters: Practicing Healing in the Aftermath of the Liberian Civil War (Wipf & Stock), which examines the role that religion played in women’s healing practices post-conflict. She is co-PI for Health Matters, a CDC-funded initiative that promotes healthy eating and places to be active in four North Carolina counties and served as co-PI for Voices into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project, a USDA-funded study of the family food environment. Dr. Hardison-Moody is also Director of Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More, a faith-based health promotion intervention. Her work with Faithful Families garnered an invitation to the White House, through the Let’s Move initiative. In addition to her research and extension work, Dr. Hardison-Moody also teaches courses in the department in Human Sexuality and Family Health and Well-Being.

Along with colleagues in the department, she is currently working on a project that explores food, culture, and religious practices among immigrant and refugee families.


  • Religion and health
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Women’s health
  • Health Promotion

Programs and Initiatives

  • Co-PI for Health Matters
  • Co-PI for Voices into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project
  • Project Director, Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More
  • Exploring food, culture, and religious practices among immigrant and refugee families

Selected Publications

  • Hardison-Moody, Annie, Lillian MacNell, Sinikka Elliott, and Sarah Bowen. 2017. “How social, cultural, and economic environments shape infant feeding for low-income women: A qualitative study in North Carolina,” Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (forthcoming).
  • Hardison-Moody, Annie. 2016. “On Good Mothering: Practicing Solidarity in the Midst of the Breastfeeding Wars.” Parenting as Spiritual Practice and Source for Theology: Mothering Matters, Eds Claire Bischoff, Elizabeth O’Donnell Gandolfo, and Annie Hardison-Moody. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • MacNell, Lillian, Sinikka Elliot, Annie Hardison-Moody, and Sarah Bowen. 2017. “Black and Latino Urban Food Desert Residents’ Perceptions of Their Food Environment and Factors That Influence Food Shopping Decisions.” Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. Available from
  • Hardison-Moody, Annie, Jason Bocarro, Mike Edwards, Anna Stein, Michael Kanters, Danielle Sherman, Lori Rhew, Willona Stallings, Sarah Bowen. Shared Use of Physical Activity Facilities Among North Carolina Faith Communities, 2013. Preventing Chronic Disease. 14. Available from
  • Seeman, Don, Annie Hardison-Moody & Iman Roushdy-Hammady. 2016 “Choosing Unintended Pregnancy: Religion, Agency, and the Discourse of Public Health.” Medicine Anthropology Theory (link)
  • Hardison-Moody, Annie, Sarah Bowen, J. Dara Bloom, Marissa Sheldon, Lorelei Jones, and Brandi Leach. 2015. “Incorporating Nutrition Education Classes into Food Pantry Settings: Lessons Learned in Design and Implementation.” Journal of Extension. 53(6) (link)
  • Jakes, Susan, Annie Hardison-Moody, Sarah Bowen, and John Blevins. 2015. “Engaging Community Change: The Critical Role of Values in Asset Mapping.” Community Development 46(4): 392-406.
  • Hardison-Moody, Annie, Carolyn Dunn, David Hall, Lorelei Jones, Jimmy Newkirk and Cathy Thomas. 2011. “Multi-Level Partnerships Support a Comprehensive Faith-Based Health Promotion Program.” Journal of Extension 49(6).

Selected Funding

  • Hardison-Moody, A. (co-PI), Haynes-Maslow, L. (co-PI), Bloom, J.D., Bowen, S., Dunn, P.C., Schulman, M., Aguilar, C., Jones, L., Bocarro, J., Edwards, M., Floyd, M., Kanters, M., Hipp, A. A Multi-Level Approach to Prevent Obesity: Extension and Engagement in Four North Carolina Counties.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2018.
  • Dunn, C., Jones, L. Hardison-Moody, A., and Foley, E. Southern Regional Center for Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (sub-award). United States Department of Agriculture. September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2016.
  • Hardison-Moody, Annie (PI), J. Dara Bloom (Co-PI), Carolyn Bird, Ben Chapman, Carolyn Dunn, Lorelei Jones. 2015 – 2016. Building Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables at Farmers’ markets for Low-Income Consumers in North Carolina. NC State University Office of Extension, Engagement, and Economic Development.
  • Bloom, J. Dara (PI), Annie Hardison-Moody (Co-PI), Lorelei Jones, Michael Schulman, Cintia Aguilar, Sarah Bowen. 2014 – 2015. “Immigrant Communities and Local Food Systems in Wake County: Designing Strategies to Leverage Assets.” NC State University Office of Extension, Engagement, and Economic Development.
  • Bowen, Sarah (PI), Sinikka Elliott (co-PI), Annie Hardison-Moody, J. Dara Bloom, Lorelei Jones, and Susan Jakes. 2011-2016. “Community-Based Approach to Reducing Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Populations: Research to Action.” United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.