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Cardel, Michelle

2015-08-07_Dr._Michelle_Cardel-0894-EditAssistant Professor, Health Outcomes & Policy
Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy

Phone: (352) 273-9703

2197 Mowry Road, 132
PO Box 100177
Gainesville, FL 32610


  • Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.S., Clinical Nutrition, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • R.D., Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, Florida State University

Michelle Cardel CV

Professional Biography

Dr. Cardel is a nutrition and obesity researcher and registered dietitian in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy at the University of Florida. Dr. Cardel received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida State University in 2005. In 2009, she was awarded a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition and in 2012, a Doctorate Degree in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She went on to complete her dietetic internship at UAB and the Alaskan Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Her research is focused on understanding factors that contribute to the development of obesity and implementing effective prevention and treatment programs for childhood obesity in underserved populations. Her specialties include nutrition, obesity, weight management, pediatric obesity, psychosocial factors contributing to obesity, and health disparities.

Dr. Cardel is a member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Obesity Society, and American Society for Nutrition (ASN), where she was recently recognized as the recipient of the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators Award. She has presented at both national and international conferences and has been awarded a variety of awards including the UAB’s President’s Diversity Award, Charles Barkley Young Investigator Award, UAB’s Outstanding Woman Award, The Obesity Society’s Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award finalist, and a National Cancer Institute CURE Program Grant. She is passionate about trans-disciplinary obesity research and is co-founder and chair-elect of the Bio-behavioral Research Section for The Obesity Society.


  • Obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Factors influencing obesity
  • Pediatric obesity prevention and treatment
  • Health disparities

Current Research Studies

Recent News


  • Cardel M, Chavez S, Bian J, Penaranda E, Miller D, Huo T, Modave F. (2016). Accuracy of weight loss information in Spanish search engine results on the Internet. Obesity. Accepted.
  • Dulin-Keita A, Whittaker S, Wynter J, Kidanu TW, Chhay C, Cardel M, Gans K. (2016). Applying concept mapping methodology to identify the perceived risk and protective factors for childhood obesity among Southeast Asian communities. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. In press.
  • Lemas DJ, Yee S, Cacho N, Miller D, Cardel M, Gurka M, Janicke D, Shenkman E. (2016). Exploring the contribution of maternal antibiotics and breastfeeding to development of the infant microbiome and pediatric obesity. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. In Press.
  • Cardel M, Johnson, SL, Beck J, Dhurandhar EJ, Keita AD, Tomczak AC, Pavela G, Huo T, Janicke D, Muller K, Piff PK, Peters JC, Hill JO, Allison DB. (2016). The effects of experimentally manipulated social status on acute eating behavior: A randomized, crossover pilot study. Physiology & Behavior. 162:93-101. PMID: 27094920
  • Peters JC, Beck J, Cardel M, Wyatt HR, Foster GD, Pan Z, Wojtanowski AC, Vander Veur SS, Herring SJ, Brill C, Hill JO. The effects of water and non-nutritive sweetened beverages on weight maintenance following a 12-week weight loss treatment program: A one-year randomized trial. Obesity. 22(6):1415-21.



  • Cardel, M. (Principal Investigator). The effect of experimentally designed low and high social status conditions on acute energy intakes and eating behavior in Hispanics: A Preliminary Study. University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Colorado Denver Nutrition Obesity Research Center. 2014-2015; Award amount: $10,000
  • Cardel, M. (Co-Investigator), Haemer, M. (Principal Investigator). A University-Clinic-Community Collaborative to Prevent and Treat Childhood Obesity in the North Metro Denver Area. Colorado Health Foundation. 2013-2016; Award amount: $832,715
  • Cardel, M. (Co-Investigator), Hill, J.O.. (Principal Investigator). 5 Alive: Preventing Weight Gain in 5th Graders . Colorado Health Foundation. 2013-2015; Award amount: $602,000
  • Cardel, M. (Fellow), Krebs, N.F. (Principal Investigator). T-32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, T32 DK07658-18. National Institute of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 2012-2015.
  • Cardel, M. (Fellow and Principal Investigator). R25CA047888 CURE Program Grant for Underrepresented Populations, Minority Supplement to Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program. National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute. 2007-2012.
  • Cardel, M. (Co-Investigator), Gurka, M. (Principal Investigator). R01 HL120960, An Ethnicity-Specific MetS Severity Score to Assess Risk: The Jackson Heart Study, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Award amount: $1,981,868. 2016-2019.
  • Cardel M. (Principal Investigator). The Effects of Experimentally Manipulated Social Status on Energy Balance in Youth: A Randomized Controlled Trial. University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Institute Clinical Pilot Award. Award amount: $28,084. 2016-2017.
  • Cardel, M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Modave, F. (Co-Principal Investigator). DiaFit: A Smart App that Empowers Patients with Type II Diabetes and Obesity. University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Institute Translational Pilot Award. Award amount: $50,000. 2015-2016.
  • Cardel, M. (Co-Investigator), Shenkman, E. (Principal Investigator). PCORI-CDRN-1501-26692 OneFlorida Clinical Data Research Network. Award amount: $7,200,000. 2015-2016.


  • 2015 Winner of the American Society of Nutrition Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators Award at Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2013 Selected for Nutrition Leadership Institute from the Dannon Institute
    The Dannon Institute selects 20 outstanding nutritional scientists at an early stage of their careers to attend this intensive five-day training program. The program is designed to equip these future leaders with the skills and broad perspective necessary to achieve their professional potential, improving their ability to lead others in both their place of employment and in the field of nutrition.
  • 2012 Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award, Finalist. The Obesity Society.
    This annual award recognizes excellence in research by a young investigator based on the quality of their abstract. Five finalists out of 900 abstract submissions were chosen to present their oral abstract during The Obesity Society’s Annual Meeting.
  • 2012 UAB President’s Diversity Graduate Student Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham. This annual award recognizes significant achievements of a graduate student toward developing a more culturally diverse, competent, and inclusive university community.
  • 2011 Outstanding Woman UAB Graduate Student Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham. This award is presented annually to one graduate student by the UAB Women’s Center and Women’s Studies Program to honor female members of the UAB and Birmingham communities who have mentored or served other women, taken a courageous stance, or overcome adversity.
  • 2010 Compass Bank Endowed Scholarship in Graduate Education for Community Service and Academic Excellence, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • 2009 Charles Barkley Young Investigator Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Minority Health Research Center
  • 2008 Charles Barkley Young Investigator Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham Minority Health Research Center