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Francesca Dillman Carpentier

W. Horace Carter Distinguished Professor, UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Francesca R. Dillman Carpentier is a media psychologist who studies how different parts of a media message can slip under our radar and affect our thoughts, beliefs, and actions in small but significant ways, and often without our express knowledge. She also studies what motivates us to choose certain media content over others, and how the motivations can intensify the effects those choices have on us. Her recent projects have addressed the nature of food marketing and its impact on children’s nutrition and food preferences. Her published work can be found in academic venues across communication, psychology, and public health. In her spare time, she raises a precocious daughter who loves to make her own entertaining videos and animations and who has been an invaluable resource on what’s “cool” on food packages and in food advertising. The primary finding of these endeavors—Mom isn’t very cool. However, no one can touch Mom’s spaghetti.

Publications

Front-of-package claims & imagery on fruit-flavored drinks and exposure by household demographics
Authors: Aviva A. Musicus, Sophia V. Hua, Alyssa J. Moran, Emily W. Duffy, Marissa G. Hall, Christina A. Roberto, Francesca R. Dillman Carpentier, Sarah Sorscher, Margo G. Wootan, Lindsey Smith Taillie, Eric B. Rimm
Published in: Appetite, December 27, 2021 (e-pub ahead of print) view full text

Claims on Ready-to-Eat Cereals: Are Those With Claims Healthier?
Authors: María Parra-Murillo, Caitlin M. Lowery, Luis F. Gómez, Mercedes Mora-Plazas, Lindsey Smith Taillie, and Francesca R. Dillman Carpentier
Published in: Frontiers in Nutrition | Nutrition Epidemiology, November 26, 2021 view full text

Television viewing and using screens while eating: Associations with dietary intake in children and adolescents
Authors: Melissa L. Jensen, Francesca R. Dillman Carpentier, Camila Corvalán, Barry M. Popkin, Kelly R. Evenson, Linda Adair, Lindsey Smith Taillie
Published in: Appetite, September 1, 2021 view full text

Impact of warning labels on reducing health halo effects of nutrient content claims on breakfast cereal packages: A mixed-measures experiment
Authors: Fernanda Mediano Stoltze, Emily A. Busey, Lindsey Smith Taillie, Francesca Dillman Carpentier
Published in: Appetite, August 1, 2021 view full text

TV advertising and dietary intake in adolescents: a pre-and post-study of Chile’s Food Marketing Policy
Authors: Melissa L. JensenFrancesca R. Dillman Carpentier, Linda Adair, Camila Corvalán, Barry M. Popkin, and Lindsey Smith Taillie
Published in: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, May 4, 2021 view full text

Nutrition claims on fruit drinks are inconsistent indicators of nutritional profile: A content analysis of fruit drinks purchased by households with young children
Authors: Emily W. Duffy, Marissa G. Hall, Francesca R. Dillman Carpentier, Aviva A. Musicus, Michele L. Meyer, Eric Rimm, Lindsey Smith Taillie
Published in: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, January 1, 2021 view full text

Examining Chile's unique food marketing policy: TV advertising and dietary intake in preschool children, a pre‐ and post‐policy study
Authors: Melissa L. Jensen, Francesca Dillman Carpentier, L. Adair, C. Corvalán, Barry M. Popkin, Lindsey Smith Taillie
Published in: Pediatric Obesity, October 26, 2020 view full text

Correa T, Reyes M, Taillie LS, Corvalán C, Dillman Carpentier FR. Food advertising on television before and after a national unhealthy food marketing regulation in Chile, 2016–2017. American Journal of Public Health. 2020 Jul;110(7):1054-9. view full text

Evaluating the impact of Chile’s marketing regulation of unhealthy foods and beverages: Pre-school and adolescent children’s changes in exposure to food advertising on television
Authors: Francesca Dillman Carpentier, Teresa Correa, Marcela Reyes, Lindsey S. Taillie
Published in: Public Health Nutrition, March 2020 view full text

Responses to the Chilean Law of Food Labeling and Advertising: Exploring knowledge, perceptions and behaviors of mothers of young children
Authors: Teresa Correa, Camila Fierro, Marcela Reyes, Francesca R. D. Carpentier, Lindsey S. Taillie, Camila Corvalan
Published in: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2019 view full text

Governmental policies to reduce unhealthy food marketing to children
Authors: Lindsey S. Taillie, Emily Busey, Mediano F. Stoltze, Francesca R. Dillman Carpentier
Published in: Nutrition Reviews, November 1 2019 view full text

The prevalence and audience reach of food and beverage advertising on Chilean television according to marketing tactics and nutritional quality of products
Authors: Teresa Correa, Marcela Reyes, Lindsey Smith Taillie, Francesca Dillman Carpentier
Published in: Public Health Nutrition, April 2019 view full text

Prevalence of child-directed and general audience marketing strategies on the front of beverage packaging: The case of Chile
Authors: Fernanda Mediano Stoltze, Joshua O. Barker, Rebecca Kanter, Camila Corvalán, Marcela Reyes, Lindsey S. Taillie, Francesca R. Dillman Carpentier
Published in: Public Health Nutr, November 2 2017 view full text