Angela Odoms-Young, PhD

Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Dr. Angela Odoms-Young is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition in the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences and an IHRP Fellow.

Dr. Odoms-Young’s research is focused on understanding social, cultural, and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related diseases in low-income and minority populations. Her current projects include studies to evaluate 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 and vendor participation; identify strategies to improve program participation and retention among WIC eligible children; evaluate the efficacy of a community-based participatory weight loss intervention in African American women; and examine community engagement approaches to promote food justice. She has contributed to several Institute of Medicine reports, including the Review of WIC Food Packages: Proposed Framework for Revisions: Interim Report, published in November 2015.

Dr. Odoms-Young serves on the executive committee of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), which awarded her the 2015 Katherine Kaufer Christoffel Founder's Award.

Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Odoms-Young served on the faculty of Northern Illinois University in Public Health and Health Education. She completed a Family Research Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship examining family processes in diverse populations at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Community Health Scholars Fellowship in community-based participatory research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Research Interests

Dr. Odoms-Young’s research is focused on social, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to inequities in diet and obesity-related health outcomes. Her expertise includes obesity prevention, community-engaged and community-based participatory research, health equity, qualitative and ethnographic methods, and program evaluation/planning.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

For more articles by Dr. Odoms-Young, see this detailed list on PubMed.

Buscemi J, Odoms-Young A, Stolley MR, Schiffer L, Blumstein L, Clark MH,... Fitzgibbon ML. Comparative Effectiveness Trial of an Obesity Prevention Intervention in EFNEP and SNAP-ED: Primary Outcomes. Nutrients. 2019 May 5;11(5). pii: E1012. doi: 10.3390/nu11051012.

Singleton CR, Li Y, Odoms-Young A, Zenk SN, Powell LM. Change in Food and Beverage Availability and Marketing Following the Introduction of a Healthy Food Financing Initiative-Supported Supermarket. Am J Health Promot. 2019 May;33(4):525-533. doi: 10.1177/0890117118801744.

Springfield S, Odoms-Young A, Tussing-Humphreys L, Freels S, Stolley M. Adherence to American Cancer Society and American Institute of Cancer Research dietary guidelines in overweight African American breast cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2019 Apr;13(2):257-268. doi: 10.1007/s11764-019-00748-y. [See abstract]

Buscemi J, Odoms-Young A, Yaroch AL, Hayman LL, Loiacono B, Herman A, Fitzgibbon ML. Society of Behavioral Medicine position statement: retain school meal standards and healthy school lunches. Transl Behav Med. 2019 Mar 1;9(2):389-390. doi: 10.1093/tbm/iby040.

Springfield S, Odoms-Young A, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Freels S, Stolley MR. A Step toward Understanding Diet Quality in Urban African-American Breast Cancer Survivors: A Cross-sectional Analysis of Baseline Data from the Moving Forward Study. Nutr Cancer. 2019;71(1):61-76. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2018.1557217.

Weber S, Uesugi K, Greene H, Bess S, Reese L, Odoms-Young A. Preferences and Perceived Value of WIC Foods Among WIC Caregivers. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2018 Jul - Aug;50(7):695-704. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2018.04.280.

Singleton CR, Fouché S, Deshpande R, Odoms-Young A, Chatman C, Spreen C. Barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among farmers' market incentive programme users in Illinois, USA. Public Health Nutr. 2018 May;21(7):1345-1349. doi: 10.1017/S1368980018000101.

Bruce MA, Thorpe RJ Jr, Beech BM, Towns T, Odoms-Young A. Sex, Race, Food Security, and Sugar Consumption Change Efficacy Among Low-Income Parents in an Urban Primary Care Setting. Fam Community Health. 2018 Apr/Jun;41 Suppl 2 Suppl, Food Insecurity and Obesity:S25-S32. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000184.

Odoms-Young A, Bruce MA. Examining the Impact of Structural Racism on Food Insecurity: Implications for Addressing Racial/Ethnic Disparities. Fam Community Health. 2018 Apr/Jun;41 Suppl 2 Suppl, Food Insecurity and Obesity:S3-S6. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000183.

Kong A, Schiffer L, Antonic M, Braunschweig C, Odoms-Young A, Fitzgibbon M. The relationship between home- and individual-level diet quality among African American and Hispanic/Latino households with young children. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2018 Jan 15;15(1):5. doi: 10.1186/s12966-018-0645-9.

Singleton CR, Li Y, Duran AC, Zenk SN, Odoms-Young A, Powell LM. Food and Beverage Availability in Small Food Stores Located in Healthy Food Financing Initiative Eligible Communities. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Oct 18;14(10). pii: E1242. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14101242.

Buscemi J, Berlin KS, Rybak TM, Schiffer LA, Kong A, Stolley MR, Blumstein L, Odoms-Young A, Fitzgibbon ML. Health Behavior and Weight Changes Among Ethnic and Racial Minority Preschoolers and Their Parents: Associations Across 1 Year. J Pediatr Psychol. 2016 Aug;41(7):777-85. [See abstract.]

Asada Y, Chriqui J, Chavez N, Odoms-Young A, Handler A. USDA Snack Policy Implementation: Best Practices From the Front Lines, United States, 2013-2014. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016 Jun 16;13:E79. [See abstract.]

Odoms-Young A, Singleton CR, Springfield S, McNabb L, Thompson T. Retail Environments as a Venue for Obesity Prevention. Curr Obes Rep. 2016 Jun;5(2):184-91. [See abstract.]

Buscemi J, Odoms-Young A, Yaroch AL, Hayman LL, Robertson TP, Fitzgibbon ML. Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: SBM supports retaining healthy school lunch policies. Transl Behav Med. 2015 Sep;5(3):357-9. [See statement.]

Springfield S, Buscemi J, Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Zenk SN, Schiffer L, Sampson J, Jones Q, Murdock T, Davis I, Holland L, Watkins A, Odoms-Young A. A randomized pilot study of a community-based weight loss intervention for African-American women: Rationale and study design of Doing Me! Sisters Standing Together for a Healthy Mind and Body. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Jul;43:200-8. [See abstract.]

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.]

Buscemi J, Odoms-Young A, Stolley ML, Blumstein L, Schiffer L, Berbaum ML, McCaffrey J, Montoya AM, Braunschweig C, Fitzgibbon ML. Adaptation and dissemination of an evidence-based obesity prevention intervention: design of a comparative effectiveness trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Jul;38(2):355-60. [See abstract.]

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.]

Honors and Awards

IHRP Fellow