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Donna R. Miles

Programming Manager

Donna earned a PhD from the Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado Boulder. She first joined UNC as a Survey Coordinator for the Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program through the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics. In 2011, she joined the Global Food Research Program team at UNC. She provides data management and programming support for faculty and students. Her interests include research exploring the role of environmental factors on development, including how nutrition and the food retail environment can influence health outcomes. 

Foods I must have in my home are red and green chile. Growing up in New Mexico these are a staple! We mail order Hatch Green Chile every August so we are fully stocked for the year. 

My family’s holiday favorite is cooking competitions! Thanksgiving Throwdown creating new recipes using leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner has become a fun family tradition. 


Pandav C, Smith Taillie L, Miles DR, Hollingsworth BA, Popkin BM. The WHO South-East Asia Region Nutrient Profile Model Is Quite Appropriate for India: An Exploration of 31,516 Food Products. Nutrients. 2021; 13(8):2799. view full text

Dunford EK, Miles DR, Ng SW, Popkin BTypes and Amounts of Nonnutritive Sweeteners Purchased by US Households: A Comparison of 2002 and 2018 Nielsen Homescan Purchases. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2020 Oct 1;120(10):1662-71. view full text

Soares-Wynter S, Aiken-Hemming SA, Hollingsworth B, Miles DR, Ng SWApplying Nutrient Profiling Systems to Packaged Foods and Drinks Sold in Jamaica. Foods. 2020 Jan 8;9(1). pii: E65. doi: 10.3390/foods9010065. view full text

Mora-Plazas M, Gómez LF, Miles DR, Parra DC, Taillie LSNutrition Quality of Packaged Foods in Bogotá, Colombia: A Comparison of Two Nutrient Profile Models. Nutrients. 2019 May 4;11(5). view full text

Mendez MA, Miles DR, Poti JM, Sotres-Alvarez D, Popkin BMPersistent disparities over time in the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverage intake among children in the United States. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 Jan 1;109(1):79-89. view full text

Taillie LS, Grummon AH, Miles DRNutritional Profile of Purchases by Store Type: Disparities by Income and Food Program Participation. Am J Prev Med. 2018 Jun 14. pii: S0749-3797(18)31719-7. [Epub ahead of print] view full text

Ng SW, Hollingsworth BA, Busey EA, Wandell JL, Miles DR, Poti JM. Federal nutrition program revisions impact low-income households’ food purchases. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018 Mar 1;54(3):403-12. view full text

Dunford EK, Taillie LS, Miles DR, Eyles H, Tolentino-Mayo L, Ng SWNon-Nutritive Sweeteners in the Packaged Food Supply—An Assessment across 4 Countries. Nutrients 2018, 10, 257. view full text

Poti JM, Yoon E, Hollingsworth B, Ostrowski J, Wandell J, Miles DR, Popkin BMDevelopment of a food composition database to monitor changes in packaged foods and beverages. J Food Compost Anal. Epub 2017 July 12. view full text

Silver L, Ng SW, Ryan-Ibarra S, Induni M, Miles DR, Poti JM, Taillie LS, Popkin BM. Changes in prices, sales, consumer spending and beverage consumption one year after a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley, USA: a before-and-after study. PLoS Medicine. 2017 Apr 18;14(4):e1002283. eCollection 2017. see video overview view full text

Slining MM, Yoon EF, Davis J, Hollingsworth B, Miles D, Ng SW. An Approach to Monitor Food and Nutrition from “Factory to Fork”. Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2015Jan;115(1):40-9 view full text

Mendez MA, Sotres-Alvarez D, Miles, D, Slining M, Popkin BM. Shifts in the recent distribution of dietary intake among US children ages 2-18 reflect potential abatement of earlier declining trends. Journal of Nutrition. 2014 Aug;144(8):1291-7 view full text