Leadership and Mentors

Angela Odoms-Young, PhD

odoms-young,20angela.jpgAssistant Professor of Kinesiology and Nutrition
University of Illinois at Chicago

Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology and Nutrition in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Trained in community nutrition, community-based participatory research (CBPR), and African American family processes, her research examines social, cultural, and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related health conditions in low-income and minority populations.

She has served a principal investigator and/or co-investigator on multiple studies exploring the root causes of racial/socioeconomic disparities in obesity rates in the United States. She recently was an investigator on two studies examining the impact of the food assistance, specifically WIC, on dietary intake and weight status in African American/Latino families with young children and fruit and vegetable price and availability at the neighborhood-level. Dr. Odoms-Young is also currently the principal investigator on a pilot study to adapt an evidence-based weight loss intervention for low-income African American women using CBPR. Her research group has published several articles on measuring food environments in minority communities and the role of neighborhood food environments in shaping obesity risk.

Dr. Odoms-Young has a particular interest in mentoring early career investigators of color. She has mentored hundreds of bachelors' and masters level students in nutrition and public health, as well as served on 12 dissertation committees over the past 7 years. She is currently a faculty mentor for postdoctoral and pre-doctoral fellows in the Cancer Education and Career Program (R25T) and Honors College at UIC.

Based on her extensive experience as a qualitative researcher/ethnographer, Dr. Odoms-Young co-facilitates an annual training workshop at the Qualitative Research Congress on analyzing qualitative data for faculty and students from around the world. She also has conducted training workshops in qualitative research for both researchers and health care professionals. Dr. Odoms-Young is recognized as a stellar teacher and mentor receiving the departmental teaching award twice in six years while continuing to maintain an active research program.