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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