Research opportunities are vast and may be delineated among the following three categories:
1. Intervention Research: a. Improving nutrition counseling and obesity prevention programs in clinical settings.
b. Decreasing health disparities African American and rural populations by developing community partnerships and collaborations to implement health-related strategies to improve health.
2. Methodology: Create and validate tools to better assess nutrition-related behavioral and clinical factors.
3. Self-guided cross-sectional studies: Examine many facets related to nutrition and behavior, disease risk, and social factors.
Lemacks J, Maxwell M, Ralston PA, Ilich Ernst J. (2012) Interventions in Adult African American populations for improving nutrition and physical activity behaviors: A systematic review of the past decade. Prev Chron Dis (Accepted January 16, 2013)
O’Neal Walker C, Wickrama KAS, Ralston PA, Ilich-Ernst J, Harris CM, Coccia C, Young-Clark I, Lemacks J. Eating behaviors of older African Americans: An application of the theory of planned behavior. [published online ahead of print December 14, 2012]. Gerontologist. 2012. http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/12/13/geront.gns155.full. Accessed January 12, 2013.
Lemacks JL, Liu PY, Shin H, Ralston PA, Ilich JZ. Body Adiposity Index validation as a measure of obesity in postmenopausal, Caucasian American women and its comparison to BMI. Menopause. 2012;19(11):1277-9.
Wickrama KAS, Ralston PA, O’Neal Walker C, Ilich-Ernst J, Harris CM, Coccia C, Young-Clark I, Lemacks J. Life dissatisfaction and eating behaviors among older African Americans: The protective role of social support. J Nutr Health Aging. 2012;16:749-753.
Maxwell M, Lemacks J, Coccia C, Ralston PA, Ilich J. A student-led project to improve calcium intake and healthy lifestyle in African American communities. Topics of Clin Nutr. 2012;27(1).