Assistant Professor of Psychology Nutrition and Brain Development TeamUNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute
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Carol Cheatham, Ph.D. specializes in the effects of nutrition on pediatric brain development. Dr. Cheatham and her team are working to discover how certain nutrients affect the development of infants, toddlers, and children. Specifically, she is interested in the development of memory and attention as they are the basis for learning and thus, school readiness. Many different methods are used in the Cheatham lab to assess abilities. For example, to test memory, researchers and children take turns putting together specially designed toys. In addition, Dr. Cheatham uses special equipment that allows her to read brain activity. These methods of measuring brain function are used with groups of participants who are getting a particular nutrient. Most recently, Dr. Cheatham has been working to determine the effects of certain genes on fatty acids in infants and toddlers as well as the effects of genes on the fatty acid content of breastmilk.