Angela Odoms-Young

Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
College of Applied Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago

Angela Odoms-Young, MS, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology and Nutrition in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her research is focused on understanding social, cultural, and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related health conditions (including obesity, diabetes, and cancer) in low-income and minority populations. Her current projects include studies evaluating the impact of the new WIC food package on dietary intake, weight status, and chronic disease risk in 2-3 year old low-income children; examining relationships between neighborhood food availability, eating behaviors, and weight status in Latino children; developing culturally appropriate nutrition education for African-American parents of young children; using community-based participatory research to adapt an evidence-based weight loss intervention for low-income African American women; and understanding the influence of food marketing on dietary intake in African American families. Dr. Odoms-Young completed a Family Research Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship examining family processes in diverse populations at the Pennsylvania State University/University of Illinois at Urbana and a Community Health Scholars Fellowship in community-based participatory research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Odoms-Young earned a B.S. degree in foods and nutrition from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University in human nutrition and community nutrition, respectively. She is involved in several organizations and advisory committees related to nutrition and health including the Food and Nutrition Section and Community-based Public Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association.