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Tiffany Carson to attend UCSF Research in Implementation Sciences for Equity Summer Institute

May 5, 2015

Tiffany L. Carson, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine and the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), has been selected for the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Research in Implementation Sciences for Equity (RISE) 2015 Summer Institute, an initiative of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE). UCSF RISE is designed to bring diversity to the biomedical research workforce as well as to research interests, which is especially important “for further discovery in conditions such as hypertension or heart failure that disproportionately affect underrepresented minority populations.” The Summer Institute—to be held July 27 to August 7, 2015, in San Francisco—has two training goals: to provide methodological training on Implementation Science (ImS) and to strengthen self-efficacy for career development through Careers-In-Progress (CIP) sessions. Focused on multi-disciplinary theories and methods, ImS is a major initiative of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research, “dedicated to promoting theory-informed approaches to create evidence-based interventions for diverse practice settings.” The CIP sessions are skills based and feature grant writing, manuscript, and Individual Development Plans (IDP) training, with a thorough overview of NIH funding opportunities.

Dr. Carson is an epidemiologist with additional training and expertise in the development and implementation of behavioral weight control interventions for Black women. Her research focuses on examining and intervening upon psychosocial factors related to obesity among Black women. She is also interested in exploring bio-behavioral aspects of obesity and obesity-related diseases, which is reflected in her currently funded research focused on the interplay of stress, obesity, race, and the microbiome among Black and White women in the Deep South.