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Anthony C. Hackney, PhD, DSc

Professor Exercise Physiology & Nutrition

College of Arts & Sciences, School of Public Health & Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Our research group studies how stress (physical, environmental, emotional) affects the hormonal responses of the endocrine system. In particular our focus is upon the dysfunctions and dis-regulations that develop from stress exposure(s) which can ultimately compromise physiological responses and adaptations.


Education Background

  • B.A. Health & Kinesiology, Berea College, Kentucky
  • M.A. Exercise Physiology, Kent State University, Ohio
  • Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, Kent State University, Ohio
  • D.Sc. Sports Science Physiology, National Academy Physical Culture, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Graduate Certificate Public Health, University of North Carolina, North Carolina
  • Post-doctoral training; Department of Defense and National Aeronautic & Space Administration

Research Experience and Interests

  • Over 300 published peer reviewed research papers and book chapters
  • Over 200 national and international scientific conference presentations
  • Current and previous research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department Defense, USAID, and the National Academy of Sciences
  • Research focus is on the human endocrine system and the development of dysfunctions within the system from exposure to physiological stressors.
  • Select publications listed
  • Summary of major research focus
  • ResearchGate Listing

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award (departmental 1998/2000)
  • Fulbright Scholar of Medical Science – Lithuania (1997/98)
  • Senior Fulbright Scholar of Public Health Nutrition – Poland (2003/04)
  • Fellow American Academy of Kinesiology (2010)

University Professional Service

  • Former Assistant Chairman (Exercise & Sport Science Dept.)
  • Visiting Professorships (Uruguay, Kosovo, Norway, New Zealand, Germany, Estonia)
  • Editorial Board member for five exercise science, sports medicine, physiology journals