Angela Kong, PhD, MPH, RD

Research Scientist

Dr. Kong’s research addresses the role of lifestyle and contextual factors (e.g., environmental, social, cultural, 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 diet assessment methods (e.g., reduce measurement error) for use in diverse communities.   

A registered dietitian, she earned her doctorate in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Washington and her MPH in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the NCI-funded Cancer Education and Career Development Program at UIC from 2010 to 2013 where she worked in Dr. Marian Fitzgibbon’s research group on projects related to childhood obesity and diet. Her recent work includes examining the long-term impact of WIC food package revisions on dietary intake among minority families and assessing observed parent-child interactions during mealtimes as part of a pilot grant funded by the University of Illinois Cancer Center.

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

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.