Angela Kong, PhD, MPH, RD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nutrition

Dr. Angela Kong is a clinical assistant professor of nutrition in the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences and conducts research at the Institute for Health Research and Policy, where she is an IHRP Fellow.

Dr. Kong’s research addresses the role of lifestyle and contextual factors (e.g., environmental, social, cultural, and institutional/policy) in the etiology, prevention, and treatment of obesity.  Her current research objectives are to 1) identify multi-level factors that mediate behaviors related to energy balance based on a socio-ecological framework and to determine whether these relationships are moderated by race/ethnicity; and 2) to improve dietary assessment methods for use in racially/ethnically diverse communities. 

A registered dietitian, she earned her doctorate in nutritional sciences from the University of Washington and her MPH in nutrition from the University of Minnesota. From 2010 to 2013, she was a postdoctoral trainee in the NCI-funded Cancer Education and Career Development Program at UIC. 

Research Interests

Methodological issues related to dietary assessment, measurement of food environments and other contextual factors related to dietary intake and obesity in minority populations, lifestyle behavior-based obesity prevention interventions, and nutritional epidemiology.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Buscemi J, Blumstein L, Kong A, Stolley ML, Schiffer L, Odoms-Young A, Bittner C, Fitzgibbon ML. Retaining traditionally hard to reach participants: lessons learned from three childhood obesity studies. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Apr 3;42:98-104. [See abstract.]

Kong A, Vijayasiri G, Fitzgibbon ML, Schiffer LA, Campbell RT. Confirmatory factor analysis and measurement invariance of the child feeding questionnaire in low-income Hispanic and African-American mothers with preschool-age children. Appetite. 2015 Jul 1;90:16-22. Epub 2015 Feb 26. [See abstract.]

Buscemi J, Kong A, Fitzgibbon ML, Bustamante EE, Davis CL, Pate RR, Wilson DK. Society of behavioral medicine position statement: elementary school-based physical activity supports academic achievement. Transl Behav Med. 2014 Dec;4(4):436-8. [See abstract.]

Kong A, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Odoms-Young AM, Stolley MR, Fitzgibbon ML. Systematic review of behavioural interventions with culturally adapted strategies to improve diet and weight outcomes in African American women. Obesity Reviews 2014;15:62-92.

Kong A, Odoms-Young AM, Schiffer LA, Kim Y, Berbaum ML, Porter SJ, Blumstein LB, Bess SL, Fitzgibbon ML. The 18-month impact of special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children food package revisions on diets of recipient families. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Jun;46(6):543-51. [See abstract.]

Kong A, Jones BL, Fiese BH, Schiffer LA, Odoms-Young A, Kim Y, Bailey L, Fitzgibbon ML. Parent-child mealtime interactions in racially/ethnically diverse families with preschool-age children. Eat Behav. 2013 Dec;14(4):451-5. [See abstract.]

Mason C, Xiao L, Duggan C, Imayama I, Foster-Schubert KE, Kong A, et al. Effects of dietary weight loss and exercise on insulin-like growth factor-1 and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 in postmenopausal women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Aug;22(8):1457-63.

Mason C, Risques RA, Xiao L, Duggan CR, Imayama I, Campbell KL, Kong A, et al. Independent and combined effects of dietary weight loss and exercise on leukocyte telomere length in postmenopausal women. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Dec;21(12):E549-54.

Odoms-Young AM, Kong A, Schiffer LA, Porter SJ, Blumstein L, Bess S, Berbaum ML, Fitzgibbon ML. Evaluating the initial impact of the revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food packages on dietary intake and home food availability in African-American and Hispanic families. Public Health Nutr. 2014 Jan;17(1):83-93. [See abstract.]

Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Schiffer L, Kong A, Braunschweig CL, Gomez-Perez SL, Odoms-Young A, et al. Family-based Hip-Hop to Health: outcome results. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Feb;21(2):274-83. [See abstract.]

Kong A, Odoms-Young AM, Schiffer LA, Berbaum ML, Porter SJ, Blumstein L, Fitzgibbon ML. Racial/ethnic differences in dietary intake among WIC families prior to food package revisions. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Jan;45(1):39-46. [See abstract.]

Tussing-Humphreys LM, Fitzgibbon ML, Kong A, Odoms-Young A. Weight loss maintenance in African American women: a systematic review of the behavioral lifestyle intervention literature. J Obes. 2013;2013:437369. [See abstract.]

Kong A, Beresford SAA, Alfano CM, Foster-Schubert KE,  Neuhouser ML, Johnson DB, et al. Self-monitoring and eating-related behaviors associated with 12-month weight loss among postmenopausal overweight-to-obese women in a dietary weight loss intervention. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Sep;112(9):1428-1435. [See abstract.]

Campbell KL, Foster-Schubert KE, Alfano CM, Wang C, Wang CY, Duggan CR, et al. Reduced-calorie dietary weight Loss, exercise, and sex hormones in postmenopausal women: randomized controlled trial. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Jul 1;30(19):2314-26.

Kong A, Beresford SAA, Imayama I, Duggan C, Alfano CM, Foster-Schubert KE, et al. Adoption of diet-related self-monitoring behaviors varies by race/ethnicity, education, and baseline binge eating scores among postmenopausal women in a 12-month dietary weight loss intervention. Nutr Res. 2012;32(4):260-265.

Imayama I, Ulrich CM, Alfano CM, Wang C, Xiao L, Wener MH, Campbell KL, Duggan CR, Foster-Schubert KE, Kong A, et al. Effects of a caloric restriction weight loss diet and exercise on inflammatory biomarkers in overweight/obese postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. Cancer Res. 2012 May 1;72(9):2314-2326.

Kong A, Beresford SAA, Alfano CM, Foster-Schubert KE, Neuhouser ML, Johnson DB, et al. Associations between snacking and weight loss and nutrient intake among postmenopausal overweight-to-obese women in a dietary weight loss intervention. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011 Dec; 111(12):1898-903.

Imayama I, Alfano CM, Kong A, Foster-Schubert KE, Bain CE, Xiao L, et al. Dietary weight loss and exercise interventions effects on quality of life in overweight/obese postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2011 Oct 25; 8:118.

Mason C, Foster-Schubert KE, Xiao L, Imayama I, Kong  A, Xiao L, et al. Independent and combined effects of dietary weight loss and exercise on insulin resistance in sedentary, overweight post-menopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Prev Med. 2011;41(4):366-375.

Mason C, Xiao L, Imayama I, Duggan CR, Bain C, Foster-Schubert KE, Kong A, et al. Effects of weight loss on serum vitamin D in postmenopausal women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Jul; 94(1):95-103.

Foster-Schubert KE, Alfano CM, Duggan CR, Xiao L, Campbell KL, Kong A, et al. Effect of diet and exercise, alone or combined, on weight and body composition in overweight-to-obese postmenopausal women. Obesity. 2012 Aug;20(8):1628-38.

Kong  A, Neuhouser ML, Xiao L, Ulrich CM, McTiernan A, Foster-Schubert KE. Higher habitual intake of dietary fat and carbohydrates are associated with lower leptin and higher ghrelin concentrations in overweight and obese postmenopausal women with elevated insulin levels. Nutr Res. 2009;11:768-776. 

Stang J, Kong A, Story M, Eisenberg ME, Neumark-Sztainer D. Food and weight-related patterns and behaviors of Hmong adolescents. J Am Diet Assoc. 2007 Jun;107(6):936-41.

Honors and Awards

IHRP Fellow