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Stephanie McDonald-Murray, MPH

Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Region 8, EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Steps to Health

Duplin County Extension Office, 165 Agriculture Drive, Kenansville, NC 28349


Stephanie is a member of the Department of Agricultural & Human Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She provides leadership, training, and technical assistance for unit-wide programming to EFNEP educators and Cooperative Extension Agents conducting Steps to Health programs in the Southeast District.

Stephanie supports educators and agents in the following counties: Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, New Hanover, Pender, Sampson, Wayne.

Stephanie has a BS in Community Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to working at NC State, Stephanie spent more than 10 years in the public health sector.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys cooking, spending time with family and traveling.

Programs and Initiatives

  • Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
  • SNAP-Ed Steps to Health program

Contributing Websites

Selected Publications

  • Stage, V. C., Goodell, L. S., Chase, S., McDonald, S., Hegde, A. V., Bayles, J., & Jones, L. (2021). Eating Smart and Moving More for Head Start: A Pilot Study. The Journal of Extension, 59(1), Article 5.


BS Community Health Education University of North Carolina at Greensboro

MPH Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Community Nutrition Education
  • Nutrition for Limited-Resource Families, Adults, and Youth
  • Food Resource Management
  • Food Safety Risk Reduction in Home Food Preparation
  • Healthy Food and Physical Activity Access
  • Policy, System, and Environment Change Implementation Related to Health and Wellness