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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.


Jensen ML, Carpentier FD, Corvalán C, Popkin BM, Evenson KR, Adair L, Taillie LS. Television viewing and using screens while eating: Associations with dietary intake in children and adolescents. Appetite. 2021 Sep 1:105670. view full text

Mediano Stoltze F, Busey E, Taillie LS, Carpentier FR. Impact of warning labels on reducing health halo effects of nutrient content claims on breakfast cereal packages: A mixed-measures experiment. Appetite. 2021 Aug 1;163:105229. view full text

Jensen ML, Carpentier FR, Adair L, Corvalán C, Popkin BM, Taillie LS. TV advertising and dietary intake in adolescents: a pre-and post-study of Chile’s Food Marketing Policy. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2021 Dec;18(1):1-1. view full text

Duffy EW, Hall MG, Carpentier FR, Musicus AA, Meyer ML, Rimm E, Taillie LS. Nutrition claims on fruit drinks are inconsistent indicators of nutritional profile: A content analysis of fruit drinks purchased by households with young children. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2021 Jan 1;121(1):36-46. view full text

Jensen ML, Carpentier FD, Adair L, Corvalán C, Popkin BM, Taillie LS. Examining Chile's unique food marketing policy: TV advertising and dietary intake in preschool children, a pre‐and post‐policy study. Pediatric Obesity. 2021 Apr;16(4):e12735. 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

Dillman Carpentier FR, Correa T, Reyes M, Taillie LS. 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. Public Health Nutrition. 2020 Mar;23(4):747. view full text

Correa T, Fierro C, Reyes M, Carpentier FRD, Taillie LS, and Corvalan C. (2019). Responses to the Chilean Law of Food Labeling and Advertising: Exploring knowledge, perceptions and behaviors of mothers of young childrenInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 16(1): 21. view full text

Taillie LS, Busey E, Mediano Stoltze F, Dillman Carpentier FRGovernmental policies to reduce unhealthy food marketing to children. Nutrition Reviews. 2019 Nov 1;77(11):787-816. view full text

Correa T, Reyes M, Smith Taillie LP, Dillman Carpentier FR. The prevalence and audience reach of food and beverage advertising on Chilean television according to marketing tactics and nutritional quality of products. Public Health Nutr. 2019 Apr;22(6):1113-1124. view full text

Mediano Stoltze F, Barker JO, Kanter R, Corvalán C, Reyes M, Taillie LS, Dillman Carpentier FRPrevalence of child-directed and general audience marketing strategies on the front of beverage packaging: The case of ChilePublic Health Nutr. 2017 Nov 2:1-11. Epub ahead of print. view full text