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Carmen Prestemon

Research Assistant

Carmen Prestemon is a Research Assistant with the Global Food Research Program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Nutrition from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in May 2020. During her time as an undergraduate, she completed her senior honors thesis under the guidance of Dr. Lindsey Smith Taillie. Carmen is interested in understanding and developing solutions for widespread nutrition and public health issues, particularly concerning health disparities and inequities. With the GFRP, she assists with a variety of projects investigating warning labels, taxes, and other food policies at all stages of the research process.

My favorite food-related smell is… garlic and onions cooking in olive oil! They are the start to every great dish ?

When I’m feeling down, my “go to” comfort food is… fresh baked cookies and pastries, either baked at home or purchased from a local bakery.

My least liked food/beverage is… goat cheese. I cannot stand the taste.


Taillie LS, Chauvenet C, Grummon AH, Hall MG, Waterlander W, Prestemon CE, Jaacks LM. Testing front-of-package warnings to discourage red meat consumption: a randomized experiment with US meat consumers. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2021 Sep;18(1):1-3. view full text

Hall MG, Higgins IC, Grummon AH, Lazard AJ, Prestemon CE, Sheldon JM, Taillie LS. Using a Naturalistic Store Laboratory for Clinical Trials of Point-of-Sale Nutrition Policies and Interventions: A Feasibility and Validation Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021 Aug;18(16):8764. view full text