Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., joined the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness as executive director in July 2018. She also serves as chair and professor of the Department of Health and Wellness and has been with UNC Asheville since 2005.
Amy brings leadership and management experience in non-profit, for-profit, and academic settings in nutrition and health promotion to her position at the NCCHW. She formerly served as director of health promotion at BioSignia and as nutrition director for Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) overseeing nutrition education and outreach programs and advocating for healthier diets. She enjoys leading teams to achieve mission-focused outcomes and is happy to have the opportunity to work with the NCCHW staff and community partners to develop equitable opportunities that lead to healthy NC communities.
Her research interests include nutrition for the prevention of chronic disease, nutrition and bone health and how experiential food education impacts what individuals know, think and do with respect to dietary choices. Dr. Lanou publishes on the relationship between vegetarian diets and dairy products and health and does collaborative research on engaged interdisciplinary ways of teaching and learning. She is the author of Building Bone Vitality (McGraw-Hill; June 2009) and Healthy Eating for Life for Children (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Feb. 2002) and numerous journal articles.
She enjoys urban and trail hiking, supporting the local food system by gardening and frequenting tailgate markets, and making healthy feasts to share with family, friends and others.
Ph.D. in Human Nutrition, Cornell University
B.S. in Nutrition Science, University of California Davis
Bountiful Cities, Asheville NC—Board Member
Food Security Thought Group, Buncombe County NC—Member
Joint MPH program, UNC Asheville, MAHEC & UNC Gillings School of Public Health—Planning Team
Healthy Campus Initiative, UNC Asheville—Supervisor