Dr. Carmen Samuel-Hodge Brings Research to the Community
Dr. Samuel-Hodge is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Samuel-Hodge is from the U.S. Virgin Islands and has worked extensively with maternal and child health, and chronic disease risk reduction programs among minority and undeserved individuals. Her research has focused 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).
She has extensive experience in focus group methodology – conducted focus groups with: 1) overweight African American adolescent females to assess attitudes and perceptions relative to body weight and weight management; 2) health department personnel to evaluate barriers to nutrition services in family planning clinics; 3) African Americans patients with diabetes to assess self-management in the family context as well as dietary barriers and psychosocial influences on diabetes self-care; and 4) family members of African Americans with type 2 diabetes to identify issues relevant to developing a family-based diabetes intervention. Her qualitative research has facilitated the design and development of educational materials and measurement instruments for research in African American populations. Moreover, she has developed and validated psychosocial measures designed to assess perceived competence and behavioral control in diabetes self-management, and the multiple care-giving roles of African American women with type 2 diabetes. Major research interests include: (1) behavioral issues related to lifestyle behavior change (diet and physical activity) and weight management; (2) intervention research focused on nutrition issues related to chronic disease risk reduction and self-management; (3) health disparities and translational research; (4) family functioning and interactions; and (5) family- and community-based interventions.
Dr. Samuel-Hodge is currently the principal investigator of research projects funded by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). With the CDC-funded project, she is conducting translational research with 6 health departments in North Carolina to evaluate the process of implementation and test the effectiveness of an evidence-based behavioral weight loss intervention implemented by public health practitioners. Her NIDDK grant focuses on 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.
Last updated October 29, 2013