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- 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
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.
- Factors influencing obesity
- Pediatric obesity prevention and treatment
- Health disparities
Current Research Studies
- Obesity Research Alliance’s 2016-17 Seminar Series a Success
- HOP Faculty Receives NIH Grant to Study Effects of Stress, Social Status and Discrimination on Metabolic Syndrome in African Americans
- HOP Faculty Member Discusses America’s Healthiest Cities at WalletHub
- HOP Faculty Writes Op-Ed for Orlando Sentinel Encouraging a Closer Look at Soda Taxes
- HOP Faculty Member Participates in AAMC-Sponsored Grant-Writing Workshop
- HOP Faculty Serves as Chair-elect of American Society of Nutrition’s Obesity Section
- Cardel to Speak at the National Academy of Medicine’s Obesity Interest Group Meeting
- HOP Faculty Member Invited to Participate in NIH Training Program for Implementation Science
- HOP Faculty Awarded CTSI Pilot Grant to Study Effects of Social Status on Eating Behaviors in Hispanic Youths
- HOP Faculty to Work with Undergraduates in University Scholars Program
- HOP Faculty Invited to Present at ObesityWeek 2016
- HOP Faculty Featured in Three News Segments
- HOP Faculty Member Featured in Healthday as Nutritional Expert
- New HOP Faculty Selected as Grand Prize Winner of the American Society of Nutrition’s Young Minority Investigator Award
- Cardel MI, Pavela G, Dhurandhar E, Allison DB. (2017) Future Research Directions for the Insurance Hypothesis regarding Food Insecurity and Obesity. Brain and Behavioral Sciences. In press.
- Gurka MJ, Golden SH, Musani SK, Sims M, Vishnu A, Guo Y, Cardel M, Pearson TA, DeBoer MD. (2017) Independent Associations between a Metabolic Syndrome Severity Score and Future Diabetes by Sex and Race: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study and Jackson Heart Study. Diabetologia. In press.
- Modave F, Bian J, Rosenberg E, Mendoza T, Liang Z, Bhosale R, Maeztu C, Rodriguez-Durbin C, Cardel MI. (2016) DiaFit: The Development of a Smart App that Empowers Patients with Type II Diabetes and Obesity. JMIR Diabetes. 1(2):e5.
- 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.
- Cardel, M. (Co-Investigator), Gurka, M.J. (Co-Principal Investigator), DeBoer, M.D. (Co-Principal Investigator). Socioeconomic Status and Subjective Social Status as Modifiers of Stressors and Discrimination in their Relationship with MetS Severity Over Time. Recipient of Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute R01HL120960. Award amount: $224,023. 2017-2019.
- Cardel M. (Principal Investigator). The Influence of Social Standing on Eating Behavior, Obesity Risk, and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Hispanic Adolescents. NIH Loan Repayment Program. 2016-2018
- 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.
- 2016 NIH NHLBI PRIDE Research in Implementation Science and Equity program, University of California San Francisco
- 2016 ILSI Future Leader Award, Finalist
- 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
- GMS 6833: Health Outcomes and Policy in Vulnerable Populations