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Annie Hardison-Moody, PhD

Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Programs

Extension Specialist

4101 Beryl Road, 240F


Annie Hardison-Moody received her PhD in religion at 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, food and food insecurity, and poverty.

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 FIRST: Food Insecurity Responses, Solutions, and Transformation during COVID-19, an NSF-funded RAPID grant that aims to understand how families’ food practices have shifted as a result of COVID-19 and identify the processes that buffer some families from food insecurity but not others. She was co-PI of Health Matters, a CDC-funded initiative that promotes healthy eating and places to be active in four North Carolina counties and also co-PI for Voices into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project, a USDA- and Russell Sage Foundation-funded longitudinal study of the family food environment (2012 – 2020).

Dr. Hardison-Moody is also Director of Faithful Families Thriving Communities, a faith-based health promotion intervention. Her work with Faithful Families garnered an invitation to the Obama White House, through the Let’s Move initiative.

In addition to her research and extension work, Dr. Hardison-Moody is the Director of Graduate Programs for the Youth, Family, and Community Sciences Program, where she also teaches courses in on Human Sexuality and Family Relationships Through the Lifecourse.

Programs and Initiatives

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • AEHS 510: Internship (on rotation)
  • AEHS 525: Family Relationships Across the Lifecourse
  • AEHS 537: Human Sexuality

Contributing Websites

Professional Honors/Offices/Recognitions

  • 2019 – World Leisure Organization, Innovation Prize, Highly Recommended Project (Team Award), Health Matters
  • 2018 – Jeanne M. Priester Award for Community Programming (Team Award), Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More, National Health Outreach Conference
  • 2018 – Excellence in Teamwork Award for the Extension Master Food Volunteer Program, North Carolina Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • 2018 – North Carolina Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists, Outstanding Subject Matter Program by a Team Award, Extension Master Food Volunteer Program
  • 2015 – Opal Mann Green Award for Extension and Engagement, Voices into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project (Team Award), North Carolina State University

Selected Publications

  • MacNella, L., Hardison-Moody, A., Wyant, A., Bocarro, J., Elliott, S., Bowen, S. (2022). “I have to be the example”: Motherhood as a lens for understanding physical activity among low-income women. Journal of Leisure Research.
  • Bowen, S., Elliott, S., Hardison-Moody, A.* (2022). Rural Food Insecurity: A Longitudinal Analysis of Low-Income Rural Households with Children in the South. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 8(3). *equally authored
  • Bowen, S., Hardison-Moody, A., Eshleman, K., Hossfeld, C., Maaita, M., Muhammad, N., Shisler, R., Solorzano, G. (2021). The Impact of COVID-19 on Experiences of Food Insecurity across Place: A Qualitative Research Protocol. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, December 2021.
  • Elliott, S., Satterfield, S., Solorzano, G., Bowen, S., Hardison-Moody, A., Williams, L. (2021). Disenfranchised: How Lower-Income Mothers Navigated COVID-19 Pandemic Aid to Put Food on the Table. Socius, 7.
  • Groke-Dewey, M., Hardison-Moody, A., Haynes-Maslow, L., Maras, S., Webber, E., Andress, L., Houghtaling, B., Patton-Lopez, M., Shanks, J., Byker-Shanks, C. (2021). Examining the relationship between physical activity and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic across five U.S. States. Preventive Medicine Reports, 24.
  • Bowen, S., Elliott, S., Hardison-Moody, A. (2021). The Structural Roots of Food Insecurity: How Racism Is a Fundamental Cause of Food Insecurity. Sociology Compass, 15(7): 1-23. DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12846
  • Hardison-Moody, A., Bowen, S., Bocarro, J., Schulman, M., Kuhlberg, J., Bloom, J.D., Edwards, M., Haynes-Maslow, L. (2021). “There’s Not a Magic Wand:” How Rural Community Health Leaders Perceive Issues Related to Access to Healthy Foods and Physical Activity Across the Ecological Spectrum. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 16(2).
  • Haynes-Maslow L, Hardison-Moody A, Byker Shanks C. (2020). Leveraging informal community food systems to address food security during COVID-19. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1):1-4.
  • Johnson, C. M., Ammerman, A., Adair, L.S., Aiello, A. E., Flax, V. L., Elliott, S., Hardison-Moody, A., & Bowen, S. (2021). “The Four Dimensional Food Insecurity Scale (4D-FIS): Development and Evaluation of a Complementary Food Insecurity Measure.” Translational Behavioral Medicine, 10(6), 1255-1266.
  • Andress L, Byker Shanks C, Hardison-Moody A, Prewitt TE, Kinder P, Haynes-Maslow L. (2020). The Curated Food System: A Limiting Aspirational Vision of What Constitutes “Good” Food. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(17):6157.
  • Haynes-Maslow L, Hardison-Moody A, Patton-Lopez M, Prewitt T.E., Shanks CB, Andress L, Osborne I, Jilcott Pitts S. (2020). Examining rural food insecure families’ perceptions of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: A qualitative study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(17):6390.

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BA Women's Studies and Religious Studies UNC Chapel Hill

MTS Theological Studies Vanderbilt University

PhD Religion Emory University

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Religion and Health
  • Gender
  • Food Insecurity 
  • Poverty and Inequality