Dr. Angela Odoms-Young is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on social, cultural and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors and related health outcomes in African American/Latino and low-income populations.
Trained in community nutrition, African-American family processes, and community-based participatory research, Dr. Odoms-Young has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on several projects to understand and/or address racial/socioeconomic disparities in obesity and chronic health conditions in the U.S.
Her research has included both ethnographic/observational, and intervention studies that examine barriers and facilitators to weight-related behaviors/beliefs including diet, physical activity, and body image, as well as projects that assess the impact of participation in food assistance programs on health.
Dr. Odoms-Young has served as an evaluator of several community-based initiatives including projects examining the impact of policies/programs to support improvements in food access and promote food justice in underserved communities, assessing the efficacy of interventions to improve participation in food assistance programs, and understanding role of community engagement in initiatives to develop policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to advance health equity.