Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, Ph.D.


Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor, Health Policy and Management;
Gillings School of Global Public Health Interim Co-Director,
UNC Institute on Aging

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson is professor of health policy and management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and interim co-director of the UNC Institute on Aging. She is former president of the Gerontological Society of America (2010), serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the National Alzheimer’s Association, and has been a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institute on Aging (2007-2011). She serves on the editorial board of two research journals.

Her areas of expertise include, minority aging and health, family caregiving, health disparities, and long-term care. Her current research focuses on health disparities pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Her research and publications have included both theoretically and empirically based topics on ethnic minority families, with emphasis on older African Americans. In addition to being cited in professional journals, Dr. Dilworth-Anderson’s work has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, and numerous local and regional newspapers. She has received funding to support her research from the National Institute on Aging, the Administration on Aging, the March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation, the National Alzheimer’s Association and the GlaxoSmithKline Community Partnership Program.

She completed her undergraduate training in sociology from Tuskegee Institute in 1970. She earned both her master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from Northwestern University in 1972 and 1975, respectively. She also received training in family therapy (1983-85) from the Family Institute of Chicago, Institute of Psychiatry, Northwestern University. In 1989, she received additional training in family issues and Alzheimer’s disease from the Harvard Geriatric Education Center.