Carmen Samuel-Hodge

Dr. Samuel-Hodge in the Michael Hooker Research Center.

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Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Nutrition


Dr. Samuel-Hodge has worked extensively with diabetes, weight management, and chronic disease risk reduction programs among minority and underserved populations. Read More

Her research focuses on behavioral weight loss interventions, weight loss maintenance, clinical and community-based diabetes self-management training interventions among African Americans with type 2 diabetes, and lifestyle interventions using peer counselors (community and church diabetes advisors) to deliver telephone-based program components. She has extensive experience in focus group methodology and her qualitative research has facilitated the design and development of educational materials and measurement instruments for research in African American populations. Recently Dr. Samuel-Hodge successfully completed two research projects: one funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the other by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). With the CDC-funded project, she conducted translational research with six health departments in North Carolina to evaluate the process of implementation, and test the effectiveness of an evidence-based behavioral weight loss intervention delivered by public health practitioners. Her NIDDK grant involved developing and testing the effectiveness of a family-based weight loss and diabetes self-management intervention among adult African Americans with type 2 diabetes and their family members.

Dr. Samuel-Hodge has a doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a registered dietitian. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, and is a member of the American Diabetes Association Adult Strategies Committee.

Active Projects

  • Bariatric Surgery: Necessary but not SufficientThe need for effective lifestyle treatment approaches for extremely obese African American women.
  • Center for Cardiovascular Health Disparities: Genes, Clinics, and Communities
  • Deaf Weight-Wise Program- Year 2


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