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

See a more recent list of publications by Dr. Odoms-Young on PubMed. 

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.]

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.]

Zenk SN, Powell LM, Odoms-Young AM, Krauss R, Fitzgibbon ML, Block D, Campbell RT. Impact of the revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food package policy on fruit and vegetable prices. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 Feb;114(2):288-96. [See abstract.]

Power TG, Sleddens EF, Berge J, Connell L, Govig B, Hennessy E, Liggett L, Mallan K, Santa Maria D, Odoms-Young A, St George SM. Contemporary research on parenting: conceptual, methodological, and translational issues. Child Obes. 2013 Aug;9 Suppl:S87-94.

Baskin ML, Herbey I, Williams R, Ard JD, Ivankova N, Odoms-Young A. Caregiver perceptions of the food marketing environment of African-American 3-11-year-olds: a qualitative study. Public Health Nutr. 2013 Dec;16(12):2231-9.

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.]

Zenk SN, Schulz AJ, Israel BA, Mentz G, Miranda PY, Opperman A, Odoms-Young AM. Food shopping behaviours and exposure to discrimination. Public Health Nutr. 2014 May;17(5):1167-76. [See abstract.]

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

Disantis KI, Grier SA, Odoms-Young A, Baskin ML, Carter-Edwards L, Young DR, Lassiter V, Kumanyika SK. What "price" means when buying food: insights from a multisite qualitative study with black americans. Am J Public Health. 2013 Mar;103(3):516-22.[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.]

Zenk SN, Odoms-Young A, Powell LM, Campbell RT, Block D, Chavez N, et al. Fruit and vegetable availability and selection: federal food package revisions, 2009. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Oct;43(4):423-8. [See abstract.]

Izumi BT, Zenk SN, Schulz AJ, Mentz GB, Sand SL, de Majo RF, Wilson C, Odoms-Young A. Inter-rater reliability of the Food Environment Audit for Diverse Neighborhoods (FEAD-N). J Urban Health. 2012 Jun;89(3):486-99. [See abstract.]

Gittelsohn J, Laska MN, Andreyeva T, Foster G, Rose D, Tester J, Lee SH, Zenk SN, Odoms-Young A, McCoy T, Ayala GX. Small retailer perspectives of the 2009 women, infants and children program food package changes. Am J Health Behav. 2012 Sep;36(5):655-65.[See abstract.]

Ayala GX, Laska MN, Zenk SN, Tester J, Rose D, Odoms-Young A, McCoy T, Gittelsohn J, Foster GD, Andreyeva T.  Stocking characteristics and perceived increases in sales among small food store managers/owners associated with the introduction of new food products approved by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Public Health Nutr. 2012 Sep;15(9):1771-9.[See abstract.]

Faith MS, Van Horn L, Appel LJ, Burke LE, Carson JA, Franch HA, Jakicic JM, Kral TV, Odoms-Young A, et al.; on behalf of the American Heart Association Nutrition and Obesity Committees of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, Council on Clinical Cardiology, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing. Evaluating parents and adult caregivers as "agents of change" for treating obese children: evidence for parent behavior change strategies and research gaps: a scientific statement from the american heart association. Circulation. 2012 Mar 6;125(9):1186-1207. [See abstract.]

Fitzgibbon ML, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Porter JS, Martin IK, Odoms-Young A, Sharp LK. Weight loss and African-American women: a systematic review of the behavioural weight loss intervention literature. Obes Rev. 2012 Mar;13(3):193-213. [See abstract.]

Zenk SN, Schulz AJ, Odoms-Young AM, Wilbur J, Matthews S, Gamboa C, Wegrzyn LR, Hobson S, Stokes C. Feasibility of Using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) With Diverse Urban Adults: Before and After Data on Perceived Acceptability, Barriers, and Ease of Use. J Phys Act Health. 2012 Sep;9(7):924-34. Epub 2011 Sep 13. [See abstract.]

Zenk SN, Schulz AJ, Matthews SA, Odoms-Young A, Wilbur J, Wegrzyn L, Gibbs K, Braunschweig C, Stokes C. Activity space environment and dietary and physical activity behaviors: A pilot study. Health Place. 2011 Sep;17(5):1150-61. Epub 2011 May 17. [See abstract.]

Zenk SN, Odoms-Young AM, Dallas C, Hardy E, Watkins A, Hoskins-Wroten J, Holland L. "You have to hunt for the fruits, the vegetables": Environmental barriers and adaptive strategies to acquire food in a low-income African American neighborhood. Health Educ Behav. 2011 Jun;38(3):282-92. [See abstract.]

Odoms-Young A, Zenk S, Holland L, Watkins A, Wroten J, Oji-Njideka N, Ellis S,
Davis I, Dallas C, Fitzgibbon M, Jarrett R, Mason M, Webb A, Sharp D. Family Food Access
Report: “When We Have Better, We Can Do Better.” Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago Department of Public Health Englewood Neighborhood Health Center; December 2010. [Read report.]

Grigsby-Toussaint DS, Zenk SN, Odoms-Young A, Ruggiero L, Moise I. Availability of commonly consumed and culturally specific fruits and vegetables in African-american and Latino neighborhoods. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 May;110(5):746-52. [See abstract.]

Davis DS, Sbrocco T, Odoms-Young A, Smith DM. Attractiveness in African American and Caucasian women: Is beauty in the eyes of the observer? Eating Behaviors 2010;11(1):25-32.[See abstract.]

Harley AE, Katz ML, Heaney CA, Duncan DT, Buckworth J, Odoms-Young A, Willis SK. Social support and companionship among active African American women. Am J Health Behav. 2009 Nov-Dec;33(6):673-85. [See abstract.]

Zenk SN, Schulz AJ, Odoms-Young AM. How neighborhood environments contribute to obesity. Am J Nurs. 2009 Jul;109(7):61-4[See abstract.]

Odoms-Young AM, Zenk S, Mason M. Measuring food availability and access in African-American communities: implications for intervention and policy. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Apr;36(4 Suppl):S145-50.[See abstract.]

Casagrande SS, Whitt-Glover MC, Lancaster KJ, Odoms-Young AM, Gary TL. Built environment and health behaviors among African Americans: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Feb;36(2):174-81. Review.[See abstract.]

Harley AE, Buckworth J, Katz ML, Willis SK, Odoms-Young A, Heaney CA. Developing Long-Term Physical Activity Participation: A Grounded Theory Study With African American Women. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Feb;36(1):97-112.[See abstract.]

Peek ME, Wilson SC, Gorawara-Bhat R, Odoms-Young A, Quinn MT, Chin MH. Barriers and Facilitators to Shared Decision-making Among African-Americans with Diabetes. J Gen Int Med. 2009;24(10):1135-1139.[See abstract.]

Kumanyika SK, Whitt-Glover MC, Gary TL, Prewitt TE, Odoms-Young AM, Banks-Wallace J, et al. Expanding the obesity research paradigm to reach African American communities. Prev Chronic Dis. 2007 Oct;4(4):A112.0.[See abstract.]

Ahye BA, Devine CM, Odoms-Young AM. Values expressed through intergenerational family food and nutrition management systems among African American women. Fam Community Health. 2006 Jan-Mar;29(1):5-16.[See abstract.]

Thornton PL, Kieffer EC, Salabarría-Peña Y, Odoms-Young A, Willis SK, Kim H, Salinas MA. Weight, diet, and physical activity-related beliefs and practices among pregnant and postpartum Latino women: the role of social support. Matern Child Health J. 2006 Jan;10(1):95-104.[See abstract.]

Wang Y, Tussing L, Odoms-Young A, Braunschweig C, Flay B, Hedeker D, Hellison D. Obesity prevention in low socioeconomic status urban African-american adolescents: study design and preliminary findings of the HEALTH-KIDS Study. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jan;60(1):92-103.[See abstract.]

Schulz AJ, Zenk S, Odoms-Young A, Hollis-Neely T, Nwankwo R, Lockett M, Ridella W, Kannan S. Healthy eating and exercising to reduce diabetes: exploring the potential of social determinants of health frameworks within the context of community-based participatory diabetes prevention. Am J Public Health. 2005 Apr;95(4):645-51.[See abstract.]

Honors and Awards

IHRP Fellow